Michael Szczys is a longstanding member of the WCO and Madison Symphony

Michael Szczys holds a Master of Music from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Northern Colorado. Michael has won the 2000 Rocky Mountain Concerto Competition and the 2000 Angie Southard Chamber Music Competition. His funniest concert experience was playing a Led Zeppelin tribute concert with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, where a guy in a sleeveless t-shirt was plucked from the audience to conduct the next number. "He was one of the most enthusiastic conductors I've ever played under."

Michael's recurrent musical fantasy is to live in a time before TV and recorded music, when live music was the main source of entertainment. "Playing any instrument was a virtue because you could entertain friends and family in your own home."