Part Time Lecturer
College of Visual & Performing Arts 204
|1981||University of Lowell (now UMass Lowell)||B.M.|
- Woodwind Methods
Michael S. Monte teaches woodwind methods at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Mr. Monte holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education with emphasis on woodwind performance from the University of Lowell and has done graduate studies at Rhode Island College. While at Lowell, he studied woodwinds with Anthony Fullginitti, David Martins, and Donald Bravo.
An active freelance woodwind performer, Mr. Monte has performed in the orchestras of Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Robert Goulet, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Connie Francis, Maureen McGovern, Rita Moreno, Milton Berle, Bernadette Peters, and Al Martino. He has performed professionally in Hawaii, Utah, Toronto Canada, Azores Portugal, as well as all of the New England States.
Mr. Monte holds the position of bass clarinetist with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and is the Artistic Director of the Allegro Chamber Players ensemble. He has also performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Southeastern Massachusetts Pops Orchestra, Fall River Symphony, New Bedford Symphony, Marion Concert Band, and the Tri-County Symphonic Band. Other professional performances include engagements at the Warwick Musical Theater, Tanglewood, Zeiterion Theatre, and Great Woods.
Mr. Monte maintains an active schedule of studio lessons providing clarinet, saxophone, and flute instruction. Festival conducting credits include the Upper Connecticut Valley Junior Band Festival (Chester, VT) and the R.I.M.E.A. Junior All-State Jazz Band (East Providence, RI).
In 2017, he completed a public school teaching career that included 30 years in the Somerset Public Schools, where he taught vocal and instrumental music in grades K-12. Mr. Monte directed the Somerset High School Jazz Band for eight years, during which time he established the Somerset High School Regional Jazz Festival and taught jazz improvisation. He presented a clinic on introductory jazz improvisation at the Massachusetts All-State Conference in 2005.