Staff Member: Mr. Michael A. Cooney
Mr. Michael A. Cooney
MICHAEL ANDREW COONEY, of Fairfield, CT, received his Master of Music degree (M.Mus) and Bachelor of Music degree (B.Mus) in piano performance from the University of Connecticut, as a student of Dr. Neal Larrabee. He also studied jazz piano and theory with Ellen Rowe and Dave Santoro. Mr. Cooney has performed as soloist with the University of Connecticut Wind Ensemble, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Harkness Summer Music Festival Orchestra and the Meriden Symphony Orchestra. He has participated in master classes with artists such as Steven Osborne, Harold Danko, Dr. Billy Taylor, Awadagin Pratt, and Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet.
In addition to his performing, Mr. Cooney studied composition with Dr. Avo Somer. Pianist Aaron Sinicrope premiered his piano solo, “Ballade, Op. 2,” in 1999, and the Faculty Arts Trio of the University of Connecticut premiered his piano trio entitled “Velvet Trio, Op. 5” which was written after a visit to Prague, Czech Republic, in 2000. He was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Dartington International Summer School in Devon, England, to study composition with Kurt Schwertsik of the Vienna Conservatory. During his residence at the school, he composed a work for cello and piano, “Op. 6” which was premiered by members of the Viennese 20th century Ensemble. His most recent compositions include a setting of 5 Emily Dickinson poems for voice and piano, and a mass setting entitled Mass of the Assumption which is dedicated to the parishioners of Our Lady of the Assumption.
Mr. Cooney is also involved with music for film and media. Most recently, he composed the original motion picture soundtrack for the films, Honorable Retribution, Old Days, A-1 Quality Entertainment, and an original song for the movie Going Home which was entered into the Sundance Film Festival.
He is an adjunct Professor of Music at Fairfield University, in the department of Visual and Performing Arts.
Mr. Cooney proudly served as an infantryman in the New Haven 1/102nd CT Army National Guard, 29th Infantry Division for 8 years and was honorably discharged in 2001. He earned the Army Achievement and Army Commendation medals, as well as Soldier of the Year for his Battalion in 1998.
He is a member of various societies, including: Pi Kappa Lambda (national music honor society); the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) as both composer and publisher; Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Knight of Magistral Grace.
He lives with his wife, Colleen, and their four children, here in Fairfield.