Michel René Plourde
Audio and Sound Instructor
Michel's musical career began with singing in the local church choir and piano lessons at age nine. He studied music at Humber College (Toronto); receiving the Humber College Composition Scholarship and graduating as a composer/bass player. Michel has orchestrated, arranged, composed, produced, performed and conducted for film, stage, radio and television and has received the nickname “Spock” for his theoretical knowledge and “good ears”. His awards include the St. Clair Low Award for chamber music (1990), and his piece “From the Realm of Orpheus” was premiered by the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.
Michel has performed in and arranged for a diverse array of ensembles including: Voodoo Child (blues/rock), Moment's Notice (jazz trio), Ernie Grimes Band (R&B), Patrizia (metal/classical hybrid), Santa With Muscles (punk/alt.), the Philomene Hoffman Band (folk) and several years as Kenny MacLean's conductor/arranger/bass player/background singer (pop/rock). Examples of his compositions, performances and explanations of music can be found on his YouTube channel.
He is currently teaches Music Theory, Music History and Orchestration at the Trebas Institute (Toronto) and is researching new notational systems in microtonality.