A native of Ohio, Joshua Michal is the Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In addition to the Hartford Symphony, he performs regularly with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and plays 2nd horn with the Lancaster Music Festival in the summer.
Josh has toured with the Boston Brass and has recently performed with the Charleston Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Brass Ensemble, and the Breckenridge Music Festival. Josh can be heard on the Resound Label with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Bernard Haitink performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and on the Analekta label with L’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne as solo horn for Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4. From 2007-09, he was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and was actively involved in music outreach efforts within the city of Chicago through programs such as MusicCorps and the Merit School of Music.
Josh received his degrees from Indiana University (B.M.), Northwestern University (M.M.), and The Ohio State University (D.M.A.). He completed additional studies at Bowling Green State University and the IES Institute in Vienna, Austria. His principal teachers include Rosemary Williams, Michael Hatfield, Michael Höltzel, Richard Seraphinoff, Jeff Nelsen, Volker Altmann, Gail Williams, Liz Freimuth, and Bruce Henniss.