Flutist Michelle Ligraduated from Binghamton University in 2017, earning a B.A. in Music with Highest Honors and a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing. At Binghamton, Michelle was Co-Principal Flute of the Binghamton University Symphony Orchestra, and she performed frequently on flute studio recitals, Mid-Day Concerts sponsored by the music department, performance classes, and on and off campus with various flute chamber ensembles.
In 2016, Michelle made her orchestral debut with the Binghamton University Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the university’s Concerto Competition. Michelle values collaboration and is a member of several chamber groups. She co-founded DuoMotive with pianist Michael McAndrew, a flute and piano chamber duo focusing on contemporary music and commissions, and the duo premiered “Lost and Found” by award-winning composer Nathan Scalise in July 2018. Michelle has placed in several competitions including the Great Composers Competition, ChaMP, and MTNA.
As a teacher, Michelle is enthusiastic, encouraging, and quick to diagnose and resolve issues and questions that students may have. Students have stated that Michelle is open to ideas, offers good practice and pedagogical techniques, is encouraging, and leaves students feeling more confident in themselves.
Michelle currently studies with Nina Assimakopoulos at West Virginia University, where she has performed in the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony. Past instructors include Georgetta Maiolo and Dr. Angela McBrearty.
Michael N. McAndrew maintains an active schedule as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach, currently playing with Lyric Theatre at Illinois, DuoMotive (co-founded with flutist, Michelle Li), and as coaching staff for Songe d’été en musique in Quebec, Canada. He has also played with the Summer Harmony Men’s Chorus, Tri-Cities Opera, Binghamton Community Orchestra, Penn State Worthington Chorale, the Foothills Opera Experience, and has premiered several new works by student composers. He has also worked with artists such as Phil Woods, Randy Brecker, Bob Dorough, the Momenta Quartet, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, and 1985 Metropolitan Opera National Audition Winner, Maryte Bizinkauskas. Michael was also founder and director/pianist of the Night of Stars concert series, which fundraised for several organizations in the Southern Tier area of New York.
As a composer, he has been hailed as “harmonically gorgeous”, with a desire “to hear more from him”. He has had pieces premiered by the DeMarina Trio, Plexus Collective, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the Bel Canto Children’s Chorus, and the Momenta Quartet in various venues such as the Crane School of Music, the Beleura House and Garden (Victoria, Australia), Zoellner Arts Center, ICA’s Clarinet Fest, and at the renowned Christmas Vespers at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, PA. He was selected as the winner of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s 2nd Annual Young Composer Competition in 2012, and recently was finalist in the 2019 NATS Art Song Competition for his cycle of the element and in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Call for Scores for his orchestral work Sandcastles of Yesterday.
His latest engagements included two full performances of Winterreise at UIUC, along with vocal coaching/music preparation for La Bohéme and Crazy for You and assistant conducting The Rape of Lucretia for Lyric Theatre at Illinois. He will perform Winterreise again in August with baritone Kevin Lucas in Middletown, NJ, and for the 2019-2020 Lyric Theatre season, Michael will be music director for Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World.
Michael is currently a DMA candidate in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studies collaborative piano with Michael Tilley and composition with Carlos Carrillo. He also holds degrees from Binghamton University (MM), where he studied composition with Daniel Thomas Davis and collaborative piano with Joel Harder, and Moravian College (BM), where studied composition with Larry Lipkis and Sean O’ Boyle, piano with Barbara Thompson, and collaborative piano with Graeme Burgan.
Michael is also active as pianist/organist for Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign, Illinois and has also held church positions at Calvary UMC in Vestal, NY, St. Luke’s Episcopal in Scranton, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem, PA.