Michael Coleman received his doctorate from the University of Maryland and the M.M. and B.M. degrees from the University of New Orleans and the University of South Alabama. His principle composition teachers were Lawrence Moss, Jerry Sieg, and Carl Alette. He has participated as composer and/or pianist in numerous new music programs and festivals in the U.S., France & Russia, including the Astrakhan Contemporary Chamber Music Festival, Birmingham Art Music Alliance, Birmingham New Arts Stage, Capital Composers Alliance, Charles Ives Center, College Music Society, Delius Association of Florida, Louisiana Composers Guild, Moscow Autumn, New Music Chicago, Society of Composers, Inc., Southeastern Composers' League, and various festivals in Kolomna, Kostroma, Moscow, and Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Coleman received the Artist Fellowship grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts in 1994 and a Meet-the-Composer grant through the Southern Arts Federation in 1995. Other awards include first prize in both the 1991 and 1992 NFMC National Composer's Competitions and first prize in the 1989 Res Musica Baltimore Competition. Recent awards include Certificate of Excellence for Best Short Composition and First & Second Prize in the Keyboard Category of the 2001 Composer's Guild Competition held in Farmington, Utah. He is currently teaching at Pensacola Junior College and the University of West Florida.