Biography

“Strong musicianship and spontaneous substantive musical ideas flow effortlessly from Mike’s performances.”

                                      - Pete Ford, Jazz Pianist

A performer, composer, and conductor, Michael Shirtz is known for his versatility with jazz, contemporary, and classical music, reaching out to diverse audiences of multi-generations. His vocal style captures the warmth and lyricism of a Mel Tormé on smooth ballads, and up tunes are distinct with energy, drive, and a hint of blues. As a pianist, Shirtz has remained deeply influenced by the innovation of Brubeck’s keyboard styles, which are infused into Michael’s groups. Among Shirtz’s greatest attributes are his diverse, instrumental-like scat-singing and cool ease with his audiences. After a concert an audience member commented, “It’s like listening to Mel Tormé meets Brubeck!” 

“Michael Shirtz is one of the best jazz singers in the country, in a league with Jackie Paris, Mark Murphy, and Roy Kral!"

                                    - Mark Gridley, Jazz Historian 

A native of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Shirtz began his musical career while in high school fronting small house bands to leading variations of big bands and jazz combos. It wasn’t long before Michael was traveling, producing, and performing popular themed concerts and tribute shows. These unique jazz infused programs have reached out to a diverse audience, creating a unique following that embraces music lovers of all ages to Michael’s music. After an nine-year break to pursue other musical interests, Shirtz returned to performing in 2012 by reestablishing the Michael Shirtz Quartet and expanding his interest in composing and arranging music. Their unique instrumentation and arrangements allows the quartet to perform traditional jazz styles and move effortlessly into playing Blues, Funk, Rock, Gospel and Singer/Songwriter material.

In 2013, Shirtz returned to presenting theme shows by releasing the show, “As I’ve Learned It” (tribute to the music of his grandfather, big band leader Tommy Weldon) and launched and currently hosts the popular JAZZ @ 8 Series featuring different themes and artists. In 2015 Shirtz released his new show, “America Our Way” that highlights the music and performers of the 20th Century. Though Shirtz has recorded for other artists and projects since the late 90s, he has no solo album to his name. Shirtz plans to record his first album this coming year entitled, "Blue Skies: More than a Decade's Journey."

In addition to his work as a jazz performer, Shirtz continues to pursue other avenues in music as a conductor, composer, and educator.  

"Michael Shirtz is one of my favorite musicians, both to work with and to watch. As a performer and bandleader, Michael clearly demonstrates a high command of the repertoire of the modern improvising musician, both as a pianist and vocalist. Additionally, Michael has a gift for engaging his audience, not only through his music, but by way of his openness and storytelling during the show. He possesses the ability to draw both his audience and bandmates into a shared experience that transcends the more common "concert" event. I have known Michael for many years, and it is my privilege to call him colleague, bandmate, and friend."

                                    - Doug Neel, Benedetto Guitarist

News

  • Pamela Shirtz Plays Mary Poppins!
    Tuesday, June 23 2015

    Pamela Shirtz will be playing the role of Mary Poppins in LMCT's production of MARY POPPINS THE MUSICAL, July 17-26, at the Stocker Arts Center. Produced by Lynn Maslinski & Marlene Karpinski, Director and Choreographed by Monica Olejko, MARY POPPINS THE MUSICAL is the perfect show for the entire family. Pam is honored to share the stage with such a talented cast and production team.

    Known as one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, the stage version is as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's MARY POPPINS THE MUSICAL received nominations for nine Olivier and seven TONY Awards, including Best Musical. The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."

    Don't miss this opportunity to see this great production of MARY POPPINS THE MUSICAL. See below to order tickets:

    Stocker Arts Center
    Lorain County Community College
    1005 Abbe Road North
    Elyria, OH 44035
    BOX OFFICE: (440) 366-4040
    ONLINE TICKETS: www.stockerartscenter.com

  • Wiley, Shirtz and Shirtz rejoin for WEST SIDE STORY
    Monday, June 22 2015

    Michael Shirtz is the music director/conductor for WEST SIDE STORY presented by the Summer Stock Theatre The Huron Playhouse, Inc. July 7-10. He is honored to join the artistic directing team of this production with long-time friend and colleague Lisa L. Wiley who is directing the show and wife Pamela Shirtz who is the choreographer. Wiley, Shirtz and Shirtz have collaborated as a directing team on previous musicals, including The Sound of Music, Grease, and Charlie Brown Christmas.


    Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins, Book by Arthur Laurents, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and the Music by Leonard Bernstein, this original production was inspired by the timeless story of Romeo and Juliet, WEST SIDE STORY takes Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers and places them in the vibrant battleground of New York City’s West Side. In the midst of the deep-seated rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, Tony and Maria attempt to discover a place where ancient grudges are no match for true love. One of the great collaborations in theatre history, West Side Story remains one of American musical theatre’s most revolutionary and most beloved treasures.


    Lisa, Michael and Pamela have worked with the company to take the production beyond it’s story to highlight the lessons learned by this tale and how important this applies to our current times. Michael has always been a long time enthusiast of Leonard Bernstein’s music, producing and conducting several tribute shows to the man and his music. 


    To purchase tickets to WEST SIDE STORY call the Huron Playhouse at 419.433.4744 or go to www.huronplayhouse.org.

  • Shirtz & Krivda to perform at "JAZZ @ THE VINEYARD"
    Wednesday, June 17 2015

    OCM Productions and Paper Moon Vineyard team up to produce "Jazz @ the Vineyard" with the Michael Shirtz Quartet featuring saxophonist Ernie Krivda. The evening will include a tribute to the music of the Greatest Generation as we celebrate the 70th anniversary to end of World War II and the upcoming July 4th weekend. From the swingin' sounds of the Big Bands to the rich romantic ballads that have become timeless, experience of the music of an era that changed the world. The evening will highlight the classic WWII hits along with music by Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and more.

    Joining the Shirtz Quartet is world-renown tenor saxophonist, Ernie Krivda. Considered by critics as "one of the best jazz tenor men in the world," Krivda's career spans nearly 50 years in the industry with over 30 albums, numerous compositions, and still maintains an active schedule as both a performer and teacher. In 2009 Ernie received the Lifetime Achievement Award by Cleveland Arts and has recently received many accolades from jazz organizations and festivals for his work in the industry. Krivda leads the "The Big Fat Tuesday Jazz Band" and works with a "who's who" in the jazz world.

    Joining Shirtz and Krivda is Doug Neel (bass/guitar) and Nelson Overton (drums). Audience packages for "Jazz @ the Vineyard" includes special reserved seating under the tent stage, glass of wine and appetizer plate, and dessert accompanied by a taste of ice wine. Audience may also have the option to order from the traditional dinner menu in addition to their package. The perfect way to relax and enjoy an evening of great music at one of Northern Ohio's most beautiful vineyards and winery.

    Between Shirtz's great vocal stylings, Krivda's soulful sound, and some of the greatest tunes ever written, "Jazz @ the Vineyard" is sure to be an incredible night for all! Purchase your tickets today!

    Thursday, July 2, 8:00pm
    JAZZ @ The Vineyard
    "Songs of the Greatest Generation"
    Michael Shirtz Quartet with Ernie Krivda
    Paper Moon Vineyard
    2008 State Road (OH 60), Vermilion, Ohio 44089

    Tickets $40 - Reservations Required
    Call 419-961-7189 or go online for more information today!
    www.papermoonvineyards.com

  • "An American Songbook Story" Release & Shirtz Update
    Wednesday, June 03 2015

    Last Friday, Michael Shirtz released the first public performance of his new show "An American Songbook Story" at Lakeside Chautauqua's Hoover Auditorium. The high-energy, emotional, and diverse two-hour show was praised by Shirtz music fans! The audience had many positive comments as well as critics remarks, "A show above the bar!", "Sparking memories of other times and places!", and "Truly a phenomenon!" Others referred to it as some of Shirtz's best work yet!


    Known for his tribute shows and honoring the work of legendary performers, Shirtz's "An American Songbook Story" has captured the spirit of the great artistry and music of the 20th Century's entertainment industry. The music, the musicians, Mike's conversations with the audience, the videos, and overall storyline - all made for an incredible experience! The show continues production development through the summer and fall with several performances planned before going on the road in 2016 & 2017. Stay tuned for upcoming shows or visit michaelshirtz.com for more information.


    OCM Update: Shirtz music fans in attendance at Friday's concert were shocked to learn over the weekend that Michael suffered a small stroke (TIA) last Thursday. "Only Michael would be discharged Friday at 5pm, be on stage for a sound check at 6:15pm, and deliver a two-hour premiere at 7:30pm," said Arica Pfrisch, Shirtz's manager and producer. Michael says it was 'adrenaline and prayer' that was with him during the show. Michael is resting and doing fine, working towards a full recovery. Michael will be playing with the Michael Shirtz Quartet at Lakeside again this Sunday morning as special guests at the Lakeside Community Service at 10:30am in Hoover Auditorium. We thank you for your support and many well wishes!

  • Michael Shirtz's "An American Songbook Story" premiers Friday, May 29
    Wednesday, May 20 2015

    Michael Shirtz's "An American Songbook Story" premiers Friday, May 29, 7:30pm at Hoover Auditorium at Lakeside Chautauqua. This new show pays tribute to the composers and performers that helped defined the landscape of America's entertainment industry.

    From the music of Gershwin, Duke Ellington and the Swing Era, up through the struggles of the Great Depression and World War II, Shirtz goes beyond the "jazz standard" of the 30's, 40's, and 50's, to present a stirring tribute to the Greatest Generation and the foundation they laid for generations to follow. Shirtz connects their influence on later artists that inspired the styles of Rock & Roll, Blues, Motown, and the Singer/Songwriters who captured the sounds of a country working through its own transitions in the second half of the 20th Century. Through new interpretations of some classics combined with Michael's conversational and story-telling approach, multimedia, and great accompanying musicians, concert-goers will experience a diverse and exciting show celebrating the music we love.

     

    Michael Shirtz is a jazz singer (scat singer) and pianist whose vocal style captures the warmth and lyricism of a Mel Tormé on smooth ballads, and up tunes with energy, drive, and a hint of blues found in the sounds of Ella and Darin. As a pianist, Shirtz has remained deeply influenced by the innovation of Brubeck's keyboard styles, which are infused into Michael's shows. Among Shirtz's greatest attributes are his diverse, instrumental-like scat-singing and cool ease in talking with his audiences. The Michael Shirtz Quartet (aka Michael Shirtz with TRIO NOT) features Michael Shirtz (vocals/piano), Doug Neel (guitar/trombone/bass), Kyle Turner (organ/keyboard), and Nelson Overton (drums). Their unique instrumentation and arrangements allows them to perform traditional jazz styles and move effortlessly into playing Blues, Funk, Rock, Gospel and Singer/Songwriter material. Their versatility and variety give the Michael Shirtz Quartet a mass appeal with jazz and non-jazz audiences alike.

     

    His performances are considered "educationally entertaining," as Michael is dedicated to promoting the work of great legends in the music industry and sharing stories about the music he performs. The audience always leaves feeling entertained, as well as knowing something more about the music they just heard. Though his focus is on jazz, Shirtz is equally as comfortable in performing folk, blues, rock and other contemporary styles, and uses them regularly in his productions.

     

    Shirtz presents this show through his own experience of learning the 'American' sound. Grandson of a former writer and big band leader and having worked with great artists as a conductor, composer, and educator over the past decade, Michael comes to the stage with an eagerness to present this great music and share the artistry of America's voice. As Michael says, "I'm excited about performing this show as it brings people on a walk down memory lane, perhaps introduces a new song or two to younger generations, but more than anything, celebrates the music of a nation and its people. I can't think of a greater story to tell then the one that's in the American Songbook."

  • Shirtz Honored for Distinguished Service
    Thursday, February 05 2015

    "I've always believed that arts stimulate the economy!"

     

    Thursday evening was a touching night for Michael and his wife Pamela as Shirtz received the Distinguished Service Award from the Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County, located in Northwest, Ohio. The award was presented to Shirtz for his efforts to increase the arts and arts education in Sandusky County and the region. Dr. Charles Hull, who presented the award, commented on the many programs, initiatives, and opportunities Shirtz has brought to Northwest, Ohio over the past decade. Credited for seeing the vision of Terra State's pro-training music degree programs, developing active community music and arts enrichment programs, initiating the Northcoast Arts Alliance, and establishing numerous collaborations in advancing the creative economy and exploration of arts and commerce opportunities, Michael's service to the community has made an everlasting change on "how" we think about the arts.

     

    "I just believe in giving people opportunities and experiences, especially when they are told they can't, or don't feel the opportunities are possible."

     

    Shirtz later shared with OCM staff, "This award means a lot to me because it was really an honor for all the work WE are doing in the arts community to make a difference in our schools, our towns, and for the economic impact and sustainability of quality living for the future! Whereever the arts are, people will always do well. I look forward to many more things to come in our journey of enhancing arts and culture! I am so grateful to everyone who really shares in this recognition with me."

  • Shirtz Presents a "NEW" Jazz @ Eight Series!
    Friday, January 23 2015

    For the past four years, audiences have enjoyed the Sandusky State Theatre's "Jazz @ Eight" Series. Often spearheaded by Michael Shirtz, this series has presented numerous tribute shows to jazz legends, featured various jazz artists, as well as highlighted student musicians. The State Theatre and Shirtz enter into a new partnership that enhances the programs and the audience experience in the new "Michael Shirtz Presents Jazz @ Eight!"

      

    The new series will be organized with OCM Productions and will present more interaction between audience members and musicians, streaming and internet video opportunities, educational materials and information about the musical themes of the evening shows, and continued performance opportunities for student music groups and young starting artists to open for the main featured acts. In addition to jazz, audience goers will experience art displays by regional and student artists throughout the venue. Focused in a true club setting, this new series highlights the world of artisitic creativity.

     

    The "Michael Shirtz Presents Jazz @ Eight" series begins February 20 with a show that highlights jazz from the 1950s up through the 70s entitled, "From Miles to Motown!" Check out the complete series by going to the Sandusky State Theatre. Audiences can also buy tickets or reserve a table by calling the Sandusky State Theatre Box Office at 419-626-1950. 

  • Shirtz Leaves Terra State
    Monday, December 12 2016

    After 14 years, Michael Shirtz says farewell to Terra State Community College.

    During the College's annual Holiday Festival Concerts, Michael Shirtz announced he's stepping down from his positions at Terra State and leaving the college to pursue his work in performance, composing, conducting, and arts management. Shirtz, who came to Terra State in 2002, has served as a faculty member and department chair for Music & Humanities, and Dean of Business, Communications and the Arts ('12-'14). In his time he worked to create an interactive music-training program that provided education to students using real-life scenarios and hands-on training directly with professional organizations.

    Shirtz's equal passion for business and music help define a department that trained music students to have strong business practices and while focusing on their craft as musicians. His firm belief that all musicians must be entrepreneurs and embrace business as closely to their careers as they do their artistic components, not only influenced greatly the College's programs, but also extended to many of the arts communities the college served. As dean, Shirtz worked with various publics and industry partners to advance the relationships between commerce and creativity, promoting the idealism of the creative economy and using the arts as a driver for economic development.

    As an educator, director, and leader, Shirtz has been described as "quick tempered, but first to laugh," "the embodiment of the music he leads," and one who leads with "an iron fist inside a velvet glove." His strict nature and desire that students learn the truth and honest expectations of the industry, mixed with his passion for helping musicians grow and rise to the highest mastery in their performance, makes Shirtz a favorite among those who work with him. As one described, "his popularity never came from wanting to be the nice guy, but instead, holding us to our highest caliber to do the best we can with all we've been given."

    After an emotional ending to the Holiday Festival concert, the Terra Choral Society then invited a group of former students and community singers to join Michael and his wife, Pamela, on stage and send them off with a final musical blessing they performed. In his final remarks closing the concert, Shirtz shared with everyone how much Terra has meant to both he and Pamela. He said that he had one goal, and one goal only with his students and community musicians at Terra State, "...to make them fall in love with music, and to share that love with everyone they can."

    Though Michael will be missed at the college and with many numerous community programs and activities, he doesn't plan to be a stranger from his students or singers. Stating in a tearful farewell, "I know we will get to work together again and that this departure isn't good-bye, but simply au revoir, until we meet again."

    What's next for Michael Shirtz? As Michael returns to the music industry, stay tuned to OCM Productions and michaelshirtz.com for more information. 

  • Shirtz to Record Two Albums for 2017
    Thursday, September 15 2016

    More than a decade is the genesis for the tagline of Michael's first album with the Michael Shirtz Quartet and special guests. BLUE SKIES: Over A Decade's Journey is appropriately the name for Michael's album that he is gearing up for the recording studio this December and January. Featuring the members of MSQ, Shirtz returns to his album project he abandoned in 2003 due to health issues. Featuring a mix of tunes from the original project along with new selections and arrangements, Blue Skies is a definite journey in Michael's interests and developments as an artist. From his classic/cool jazz style from his earlier days, to the fusion of R&B, Blues, and Latin mixed into his performances today, the album has the potential to reach out to a board spectrum of listeners.

    When asking Michael about why now and not earlier to record, he responded, "It is the right time now. There were a lot of things I needed to do first in coming back to the world of performance. One was working on getting my skills back in playing and singing. The other was to work through my new interests in jazz and contemporary music from what my interests were when I was performing before. Needed to take that time to find my new voice, or maybe my older voice," as he laughs.

    Though Shirtz is not foreign to the recording studio, working for various recording companies producing, doing voiceovers and guest singing on various projects since the late 90s, Blue Skies will be Shirtz's first complete work featuring a combination of classic jazz standards from the American Songbook along with some new twists on singer-songwriter favorites and compositions by Shirtz. We won't give away all the secrets, but tunes like Blue Skies, The Nearness of You, My Funny Valentine, Pure Imagination, Feeling Groovy, may just be some of the feature tracks.

    In addition to Blue Skies, Shirtz's manager, Arica Pfirsch, said the 'guys' will also be recording an additional album entitled In Finding Faith. While Blues Skies highlights Michael's musical journey and interests, she explains that In Finding Faith shares Michael's personal and private journey through injury, illness, and overcoming the odds by focusing on the strength and good in all of us.

    "It's very ambitious for an artist to record two albums at once, but the guys are excited about it and Michael has been eager for this for nearly 14 years now. It's definitely time," said Pfirsch. "Since Mike became associated with Lakeside Chautauqua three year's ago and has been doing more conducting and composing with religious organizations, the requests for him to record a collection featuring songs of faith have been amazing. So when he made the decision that one of his first two albums would be a faith-based recording, none of us were surprised."

    In Finding Faith will feature great hymns of faith such as Amazing Grace, It Is Well With My Soul, new variations of favorites such as Jesus Loves Me, and a series of original tunes as well. In Finding Faith is also the title of Michael's new show that is set to premiere in Fort Myers, Florida in March and feature songs from the album.

    "I am super excited for Mike and the guys to be going into the studio to record these two albums. This gives them an opportunity to capture what has been brewing in their writing. Plus I am excited for the fans to be able to purchase either album to continue their MSQ experience and to share with others who may not know Michael and the musicians he works with," said Pfirsch.

    Blue Skies and In Finding Faith will be recorded at Capital in Columbus, Ohio in December and January. To help with the investment of the projects, OCM is establishing a campaign through Kickstarter. Shirtz music fans that invest in the campaign will receive everything from a signed CD to even private a performance with Michael Shirtz depending on their gift level.

    Pfirsch shared, "The Kickstarter campaign is a great way for any fan or supporter to become part of this journey that Mike and the guys will be traveling. It's an investment in making MSQ successful and to help launch something great! Be looking for the campaign information both on Mike's and OCM's website."

    It is an exciting time for Michael Shirtz, MSQ, and OCM Productions. Be looking for Blues Skies and In Finding Faith next year.

    To learn more about the Michael Shirtz's upcoming recordings contact OCM productions.

  • Introducing the New Michael Shirtz Quartet
    Sunday, August 21 2016

    The Michael Shirtz Quartet has always featured numerous musicians on the bandstand. Highlighting saxophonists, horn players, guitarists, various bass players and drummers, and even unique additions such as cellists, flutists, and even harmonica. As Michael made the return to performing in 2013 it was a combination of various musicians that joined Shirtz in his performances under the title of MSQ.

    "Something unique in the jazz world is that the name of the groups are often times identified by the bandleader or featured artist," explained MSQ manager, Arica Pfirsch. "Often times various players rotate within the group, but it doesn't change the name or the group's music. Despite the guest musicians or rotating players, there is an artist's core group of players and OCM is excited to announce Michael's new MSQ that will be joining him."

    So who is Michael's core quartet playing in his shows "AMERICA, Our Way," "As I've Learned It," and next year's new show "In Finding Faith," as well as recording on his up coming albums? Meet the new Michael Shirtz Quartet!

    Douglas Neel (guitarist/trombonist/vocalist) is a mainstay of MSQ and collaborator with Shirtz. Neel is a multi-instrumentalist from Columbus, OH, who specializes in performance and education. Douglas has performed with numerous artists and ensembles throughout the region, including Trio NOT, The Harmony Project, The Adrian Symphony Orchestra, Walt Sanders & The Cadillac Band, Canta BRASIL, The Pinup Project, The Conspiracy Band, Yumbambé, Paul Brown's Science Gravy Orchestra, Central Ohio Brass Band, The Dominion Brass, the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, the Student Loan, Soul Kitch'n, Matt King & The Roustabout Band, and the Broadway touring shows of Hairspray, A Chorus Line, and Chicago. Additionally, Douglas has shared the stage with such greats as Melissa Manchester, Mary McClendon, Jay Ashby, Elizabeth Von Trapp, Ernie Krivda, Aretha Franklin, and continues to lead his own Trio/Quartet on a variety of performances. Douglas is on the Faculty of Capital University's Conservatory of Music, Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, and the University of Findlay. In addition to being a performing artist for Benedetto Guitars, Douglas is also an Edwards Trombone affiliated artist. He holds music degrees from the Capital University and Bowling Green State University. Douglas often sings backup vocals to Michael's melodies and is the perfect lyrical compliment to Michael's heavy rhythmic and often bitonal piano stylings. Douglas and Michael's friendship goes back to their college days at Capital and is often credited for Shirtz's return to performing in 2012.

    Dwight Bailey (bass) was born in Detroit but credits much of his musical development to the heavy influence of musicians based in Central Ohio. During his teenage years he began playing predominately gospel and working with artist like Bobby Jones, LaShaun Pace & Douglas Miller, he learned that playing bass with a spiritual conviction would be the tool that would serve him well in years to come. It wasn't until his college years, at The Ohio State University, that he was inspired to learn more about jazz and other styles of music. He began to study the double bass with several teachers such as Dr. Milton Ruffin, Dr. Solona Lee, Dr. Paul Robinson, Doug Richeson & Roger Hines. Dwight has spent the last several years touring all over the world and has performed on some of the most prestigious platforms in music, such as the Monterey Bay Blues/Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, The London Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall and the Primivera Music Festival, to name a few. He has held down the low end at the world famous Hollywood Bowl for artist like the Blind Boys of Alabama, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, Arturo Sandoval, Anthony Hamilton, TelMary, Marcus Belgrave and his boss of 2 years, 6-time grammy award winner, Dr. John. Today, Dwight continues to tour with various artist and enjoys playing the local scenes in both Ohio and Michigan.

    Reggie Jackson (drums) is equally at home to both the jazz and the pop/commercial music scenes. Based in Columbus, OH, Reggie built a reputation from an early age as a powerful drummer who could cover many styles such as be-bop, Latin, big band, fusion, pop and gospel. Over the last two decades Reggie expanded his reach beyond the Columbus scene through worldwide tours with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dr. John as well as the Grammy Award winning jazz singer Diane Schuur. Throughout these tours, Reggie has performed in many legendary jazz clubs such as The Blue Note and can be heard on Diane Schuur's CD "Live in London" which was recorded at the famous Ronnie Scott's jazz club. Reggie continues to stay busy balancing work in music and family. In Columbus alone, Reggie can be found working with many great players like Bobby Floyd and Derek DeCenzo. His work covers a wide variety of situations such as educational workshops, church gigs and weekly jazz jam sessions.

    "I am honored to have the opportunity to work with these cats and make great music with them. They are incredible and I am so looking forward to our future shows and plans coming up," said Shirtz. MSQ is prepping for a busy 2017 with recordings and performances. Shirtz fans will be excited about what's coming up!

  • Shirtz to Music Direct in Knoxville this Fall
    Tuesday, August 09 2016

    Michael Shirtz will join the creative team as the music director of the controversial and thrilling musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson this fall at Clayton Performing Arts Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

    Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a rock musical/opera about our nation’s seventh president from his childhood to his controversial reign in the White House. With a very young and confused country, the show unfolds Jackson’s career as a ruthless military commander, his relationship with his wife, work as a populist agitator and defiance towards the Founding Fathers, and then President of the United States. Ironically, Jackson’s famous 1828 election shares many characteristics of today’s election. Shirtz will work with the actors, musicians, and production teams in a series of musical workshops and rehearsals in preparing for the performances.

    “It amazing that shows like Hamilton, this one about Andrew Jackson, and others, are looking back at America’s history and really being enjoyed by younger audiences. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is truly a great musical composition and crafted staged work,” said Shirtz. “I look forward to working with the actors in telling this historical story in such a progressive method.”

    Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson will play October 28-November 6. For more information call Clayton Performing Arts Center at (865) 694-6400.

  • Michael and Pamela Join Huron Playhouse Creative Team
    Wednesday, May 25 2016

    The Huron Playhouse is Ohio's oldest continuing summer stock theater preparing for their 68th Season. Located in the Lake Erie coastal community of Huron, Ohio, the Playhouse is beginning a transformation from an educational summer theater company and to professional summer stock program with actors joining the company from regional, collegiate, and Off Broadway theaters.

    Michael joins the playhouse as the season's Resident Music Director and Pamela returns to the Playhouse as their Residential Choreographer. The two will join artistic director Nick Hrutkey and directors Lisa Wiley and Jennifer Wertz to produce A Chorus Line, The Birds, Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike, and Little Shop of Horrors.

    Pamela is known for being a dynamic choreographer known for "making the impossible possible" by working with dancers of all ages and levels, including school ensembles up through professional theater companies. Pam's original choreography always pays tribute to dancers and choreographers that have inspired her while telling the story of the music and the show through movement. Michael comes to the Playhouse for his professional work as a vocal coach and being known as "songsmith" in working with actors and singers to develop their storytelling and emotional connections with audiences.

    Learn more about the Huron Playhouse and their 68th Season by calling 419-433-4744 or clicking HPH.

     

  • Michael Shirtz joins Distinguished Alumni Guest Artists
    Wednesday, April 13 2016

    Michael Shirtz joins nine other distinguished alumni as guest artists for the 2016 Jazz & World Music Festival, April 13-16 at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Other alumni guest artists includes Michael's classmate from '01 Matt Billingslea (drummer for Taylor Swift), guitarist Tom Wolfe '83, pianist Joey Skoch '14, guitarist William Flynn '10, trombonist Ryan Hamilton '03, trumpeter Wes Orr '65, saxophonist Monica Shriver '15, David Wolbert '14, and trumpeter Larry Spencer. 

    Shirtz will be presenting masterclasses in singing and music business, as well performances throughout the week with the alumni guest artists and the Capital University Big Band. For a full week schedule go to Jazz & World Music Festival

  • STUDY with MICHAEL SHIRTZ
    Monday, January 09 2017

    INTERESTED IN STUDYING WITH MICHAEL SHIRTZ?
    NOW IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY IN 2017!


    OCM Productions is pleased to announce that Michael Shirtz will be available for private lessons in Voice, Composition, and Jazz.
    If you are interested in becoming a better musician or developing your professional skills in music, this is a great opportunity to work with Michael on enhancing your artistic interests.


    Lessons with Michael Shirtz
    - $45 for hour lesson
    - $25 for 30 minute lesson


    Lessons will be scheduled between the student and OCM Productions upon registration request. Lessons can be purchased in packages of up to 4 sessions at a time (monthly). Some lessons may have requirements or placements before registration.


    Click the link below to register for lessons!
    For more information call Arica at 419-961-7189
    or email: management@michaelshirtz.com

    CLICK TO REGISTER FOR LESSONS WITH SHIRTZ

Shows

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    Kennedy Center American College Festival, Cleveland, OH

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    Kennedy Center American College Festival, Cleveland, OH

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    Kennedy Center American College Festival, Cleveland, OH

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    Kennedy Center American College Festival, Cleveland, OH

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    2015

    Kennedy Center American College Festival, Cleveland, OH

    12:00:00 AM

  • 07

    Jan

    2015

    Jazz Network, San Diego, CA

    Jazz Network, San Diego, CA

    12:00:00 AM

  • 08

    Jan

    2015

    Jazz Network, San Diego, CA

    Jazz Network, San Diego, CA

    12:00:00 AM

  • 09

    Jan

    2015

    Jazz Network, San Diego, CA

    Jazz Network, San Diego, CA

    12:00:00 AM

  • 10

    Jan

    2015

    Jazz Network, San Diego, CA

    Jazz Network, San Diego, CA

    12:00:00 AM

  • 30

    Jan

    2015

    Shirtz at Vine & Olive, Sandusky, OH

    Michael Shirtz plays solo piano for Wine Tasting Celebration at the new Vine & Olive restaurant, 6-8pm. Call ahead for reservations and information. Vine & Olive Restaurant 4917 Milan Road, Sandusky, OH (419) 502-4000

    06:00:00 PM

  • 14

    Feb

    2015

    OMEA Festival Honors Choir

    OMEA Festival Honors Choir Michael Shirtz, Clinician/Conductor Port Clinton High School Port Clinton, OH Michael Shirtz will be working with the OMEA District Honors Choir from 9-5pm. This choir is comprised of auditioned high school students from Northwest Ohio. 

    07:00:00 PM

  • 20

    Feb

    2015

    Jazz @ Eight presents "From Miles to Motown" Sandusky, OH

    Jazz @ Eight presents "From Miles to Motown" Featuring Michael Shirtz (piano & voice), Charles Saenz (trumpet), Kyle Turner (organ & keyboards) and Nelson Overtone (drums).  Enjoy an evening of jazz tributes to Mile Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Herbie Hancock, and more! Sandusky State Theatre Sandusky, OH  

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 07

    Mar

    2015

    TCS "Faure's Requiem" Sandusky, OH

    "Faure's Requiem" Concert Terra Choral Society & Chamber Art Orchestra Michael Shirtz, Conductor St. Mary's Catholic Church Sandusky, OH

    07:30:00 PM

  • 08

    Mar

    2015

    TCS "Faure's Requiem" Fremont, OH

    "Faure's Requiem" Concert Terra Choral Society & Chamber Arts Orchestra Michael Shirtz, Conductor St. Joseph Catholic Church Fremont, OH

    04:00:00 PM

  • 17

    Apr

    2015

    Jazz @ 8 presents "An Evening of Brubeck" @ State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    Jazz @ 8 presents Michael Shirtz with Ernie Krivda, Kris Burt and Alvin Dawson

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 25

    Apr

    2015

    Terra Choral Society's THE AMERICAN STAGE @ Performing Arts Center, Port Clinton, OH

    "THE AMERICAN STAGE: Movies, Musicals and More" with Terra Choral Society, Broadway's Caleb Damschroder, Pamela Shirtz, Dave Herdan. Michael Shirtz, conductor

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 01

    May

    2015

    Jim Brickman Platinum Tour Concert @ State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    Jim Brickman in concert with Terra Choral Society, Chamber Strings, and student soloists. Michael Shirtz, conductor

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 16

    May

    2015

    The Sousa Concert @ Performing Arts Center, Port Clinton, OH

    Michael Shirtz appears as guest artist with Port Clinton Band's annual Sousa Festival concert, conducted by Rod Miller. American music tribute program.

    07:00:00 PM

  • 24

    May

    2015

    Memorial Day Service @ Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside Chautauqua, Lakeside, OH

    Memorial Day Service with Terra Choral Society, Michael Shirtz, conductor  

    10:30:00 AM

    tickets

  • 29

    May

    2015

    Michael Shirtz's "An American Songbook Story" @ Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside, OH

    SPECIAL LAUNCH OF NEW SHOW! Michael Shirtz presents "AN AMERICAN SONGBOOK STORY!" The show pays tribute to the great entertainers and music of the American Songbook throughout the 20th Century with Doug Neel, Kyle Turner, and Nelson Overton.

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 19

    Jun

    2015

    Jazz @ 8 presents "The Three Louies" @ State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    Michael Shirtz's Jazz @ 8 Series presents a tribute to the jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan, and Louis Prima with TRIO NOT.

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 02

    Jul

    2015

    Jazz in the Vineyard @ Paper Moon Vineyards, Vermilion, OH

    Michael Shirtz is joined by Ernie Krivda, Doug Neel, and Nelson Overton in a special night of muscial memories paying tribute to the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the Greatest Generation. Special concert package includes reserved seating and wine/dine experience. Reservations required.

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 07

    Jul

    2015

    West Side Story @ Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    Michael Shirtz conducts "West Side Story" with the Huron Playhouse Summer Theater 

    07:30:00 PM

    tickets

  • 08

    Jul

    2015

    West Side Story @ Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    Michael Shirtz conducts "West Side Story" with the Huron Playhouse Summer Theater.

    07:30:00 PM

    tickets

  • 09

    Jul

    2015

    West Side Story @ Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    Michael Shirtz conducts "West Side Story" with the Huron Playhouse Summer Theater.

    07:30:00 PM

    tickets

  • 10

    Jul

    2015

    West Side Story @ Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    Michael Shirtz conducts "West Side Story" for Huron Playhouse Summer Theater.

    07:30:00 PM

    tickets

  • 17

    Jul

    2015

    Michael Shirtz @ Columbus Jazz & Ribs Fest, AEP Stage, Columbus, OH

    Michael Shirtz performs a set to open the Columbus Jazz Festival with Doug Neel (guitar, bass, trombone), Kyle Turner (organ/keyboard) and Nelson Overton (drums).

    11:30:00 AM

    tickets

  • 18

    Jul

    2015

    Michael Shirtz Quartet @ Paper Moon Vineyards, Vermilion, OH

    Michael Shirtz Quartet

    06:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 31

    Jul

    2015

    Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS @ State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    Michael Shirtz serves as the Music Director / Associate Producer of the Sandusky Repertory Company production of the Stephen Sondheim musical "INTO THE WOODS."

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 01

    Aug

    2015

    Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS @ State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    Michael Shirtz serves as the Music Director / Associate Producer of the Sandusky Repertory Company production of the Stephen Sondheim musical "INTO THE WOODS."

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 02

    Aug

    2015

    Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS @ State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    Michael Shirtz serves as the Music Director / Associate Producer of the Sandusky Repertory Company production of the Stephen Sondheim musical "INTO THE WOODS."

    02:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 14

    Aug

    2015

    Chautauqua Choir with LSO @ Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside, OH

    A Tribute to the End of World War II with Lakeside Symphony Orchestra, Robert Cronquist, conductor, and Chautauqua Choir, Michael Shirtz, conductor

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 18

    Aug

    2015

    Shirtz narrates "Lincoln Portrait" with LSO @ Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside, OH

    Michael Shirtz narrates the Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" with the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra, Robert Cronquist, conductor.

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 21

    Aug

    2015

    Jazz @ 8 presents: Jazz Meets Gershwin @ State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    Michael Shirtz is joined by TRIO NOT and special guests in a night of Gershwin.

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 22

    Aug

    2015

    Michael Shirtz Quartet @ Paper Moon Vineyards, Vermilion, OH

    Michael Shirtz with Dave Herdan (sax), Doug Neel (bass), and Nelson Overton.

    06:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 06

    Sep

    2015

    Michael Shirtz's "An American Songbook Story" @ Catawba Island Club, Catawba Island, OH

    Michael Shirtz presents "An American Songbook Story" a concert on the water with fireworks display. (CIC Club Members Only)

    08:00:00 PM

  • 12

    Sep

    2015

    Michael Shirtz Quartet @ Great Librations, Johnson Island, OH

    Michael Shirtz Quartet @ Great Librations

    07:00:00 PM

  • 16

    Oct

    2015

    Jazz @ 8 presents "Jazz Gets Spooky" with Michael Shirtz @ State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    Jazz @ 8 Series presents a night of jazz with a Halloween Twist. Shirtz is joined by Kyle Turner, Doug Neel and Nelson Overton.

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 07

    Nov

    2015

    Michael Shirtz's "An American Songbook Story" @ Markay Theatre, Jackson, OH

    Michael Shirtz presents "An American Songbook Story" with TRIO NOT.

    08:00:00 PM

  • 12

    Nov

    2015

    Masterclass with Michael Shirtz @ Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

    11:30:00 AM

  • 19

    Nov

    2015

    Masterclass with Michael Shirtz @ Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

    11:30:00 AM

  • 04

    Dec

    2015

    Terra Choral Society 2015 Holiday Festival: "Let There Peace" @ Terra State Community College, Fremont, OH

    Terra Choral Society presents their annual Holiday Festival 2015 "Let There Be Peace" conducted by Michael Shirtz and featuring tenor C. Andrew Blosser, hosted by Monica Olejko, with the Chamber Arts Orchestra, Broadway Performing Arts Center Dancers, Terra Ethic Percussion Ensemble, and much more!

    07:30:00 PM

    tickets

  • 05

    Dec

    2015

    Terra Choral Society 2015 Holiday Festival: "Let There Be Peace" @ State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    Terra Choral Society presents their annual Holiday Festival 2015 "Let There Be Peace" conducted by Michael Shirtz and featuring tenor C. Andrew Blosser, hosted by Monica Olejko, with the Chamber Arts Orchestra, Broadway Performing Arts Center Dancers, Terra Ethic Percussion Ensemble, and much more!

    07:30:00 PM

    tickets

  • 11

    Dec

    2015

    Jazz @ 8 presents "A Christmas Special" with Michael Shirtz @ State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    Jazz @ 8 Series presents a night of Christmas favorites with a series of special guests stoping by for the Holidays.

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 18

    Dec

    2015

    Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS @ State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    Michael Shirtz serves as the Music Director / Associate Producer of the Sandusky Repertory Company production of the classic musical "WHITE CHRISTMAS!"

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 19

    Dec

    2015

    Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS @ State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    Michael Shirtz serves as the Music Director / Associate Producer of the Sandusky Repertory Company production of the classic musical "WHITE CHRISTMAS!"

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 20

    Dec

    2015

    Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS @ State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    Michael Shirtz serves as the Music Director / Associate Producer of the Sandusky Repertory Company production of the classic musical "WHITE CHRISTMAS!"

    02:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 06

    Jan

    2016

    Jazz Network, Louisville, KY

    12:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 07

    Jan

    2016

    Jazz Network, Louisville, KY

    12:00:00 AM

  • 08

    Jan

    2016

    Jazz Network, Louisville, KY

    12:00:00 AM

  • 09

    Jan

    2016

    Jazz Network, Louisville, KY

    12:00:00 AM

  • 12

    Feb

    2016

    Shirtz @ Vine & Olive, Sandusky, OH

    Michael Shirtz plays solo piano for evening celebrating Perkins Local Schools.

    08:00:00 PM

  • 20

    Feb

    2016

    Ohio D2 Festival Honors Choir, Michael Shirtz, conductor @ Port Clinton HS, Port Clinton, OH

    07:00:00 PM

  • 26

    Feb

    2016

    ACDA Central Conference, Presentation, Chicago, IL

    11:30:00 AM

  • 05

    Mar

    2016

    Terra Choral Society: "The Wonders of Their Works" with Millenius String Quartet, Michael Shirtz, conductor

    07:30:00 PM

  • 18

    Mar

    2016

    Jazz @ 8: "Blue Skies: Shirtz Sings Irving Berlin" with Michael Shirtz Quartet, State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    08:00:00 PM

  • 13

    Apr

    2016

    Capital Jazz Festival, Guest Artist, Capital University, Columbus, OH

    12:00:00 AM

  • 14

    Apr

    2016

    Capital Jazz Festival, Guest Artist, Capital University, Columbus, OH

    12:00:00 AM

  • 15

    Apr

    2016

    Capital Jazz Festival, Guest Artist, Capital University, Columbus, OH

    12:00:00 AM

  • 22

    Apr

    2016

    AMERICA, Our Way

    Michael Shirtz Quartet | Recital Hall, Terra State Community College, Fremont, OH

    08:00:00 PM

  • 30

    Apr

    2016

    Terra Choral Society: "A Nation's Legacy" @ State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    The Terra Choral Society and Chamber Arts Orchestra present a tribute to America's music and our country's story with jazz singer Mary McClendon. Program includes a tribute to veterans and servicemen and women. Michael Shirtz, conductor

    07:30:00 PM

  • 13

    May

    2016

    Jazz @ 8: "Evening of Cole Porter" with Michael Shirtz Quartet, State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    08:00:00 PM

  • 18

    May

    2016

    Jazz Education Network

    New Orleans, LA

    12:00:00 PM

  • 19

    May

    2016

    Jazz Education Network

    New Orleans, LA

    12:00:00 PM

  • 20

    May

    2016

    Jazz Education Network

    New Orleans, LA

    12:00:00 PM

  • 04

    Jun

    2016

    Michael Shirtz Trio

    Paper Moon Winery, Vermilion, OH

    06:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 24

    Jun

    2016

    Jazz @ 8: Jazz Meets Broadway

    Michael Shirtz Quartet with actor Joe York | State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 25

    Jun

    2016

    Chautauqua Choral Festival

    Michael Shirtz, conductor/artistic director | Lakeside Chautauqua, Lakeside, OH

    10:00:00 AM

  • 26

    Jun

    2016

    Chautauqua Choral Festival

    Michael Shirtz, conductor/artistic director | Lakeside Chautauqua, Lakeside, OH

    09:00:00 AM

  • 27

    Jun

    2016

    Chautauqua Choral Festival

    Michael Shirtz, conductor/artistic director | Lakeside Chautauqua, Lakeside, OH

    04:00:00 PM

  • 28

    Jun

    2016

    CONCERT: "In God We Trust"

    Chautauqua Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Michael Shirtz, conductor | Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside Chautauqua, Lakeside, OH

    08:15:00 PM

    tickets

  • 01

    Jul

    2016

    Songs of America

    Michael Shirtz with Danny Bauer Trio | Catawba Island Club, Catawba Island, OH (Private)

    08:00:00 PM

  • 05

    Jul

    2016

    A CHORUS LINE

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 06

    Jul

    2016

    A CHORUS LINE

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 07

    Jul

    2016

    A CHORUS LINE

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 08

    Jul

    2016

    A CHORUS LINE

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 14

    Jul

    2016

    LEGALLY BLONDE the Musical

    Michael Shirtz, musical director | Sandstone Theatre, Amherst, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 15

    Jul

    2016

    LEGALLY BLONDE the Musical

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Sandstone Theatre, Amherst, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 16

    Jul

    2016

    LEGALLY BLONDE the Musical

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Sandstone Theatre, Amherst, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 22

    Jul

    2016

    Jazz @ 8: Music of Michael Shirtz

    Michael Shirtz Quartet | State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 23

    Jul

    2016

    Michael Shirtz Quartet

    Paper Moon Vineyard, Vermilion, OH

    06:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 26

    Jul

    2016

    LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 27

    Jul

    2016

    LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 28

    Jul

    2016

    LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 29

    Jul

    2016

    LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 30

    Jul

    2016

    AMERICA, Our Way

    Michael Shirtz with Danny Bauer Trio | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 04

    Aug

    2016

    CANCELED: "Summer Songs"

    Michael Shirtz Quartet with Mary McClendon, Paper Moon Winery, Vermilion, OH Show Canceled

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 11

    Aug

    2016

    "Summer Songs"

    Michael Shirtz Quartet with Mary McClendon | Becky's, Columbus, OH

    07:30:00 PM

  • 19

    Aug

    2016

    Jazz @ 8: Return of Cool

    Michael Shirtz Quartet with trumpter Charles Saenz | State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 16

    Sep

    2016

    Jazz @ 8: Jazz is Concise

    Mark Gridley (jazz flutist) and Michael Shirtz | State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 17

    Sep

    2016

    Private Concert Engagement

    12:00:00 AM

  • 21

    Sep

    2016

    Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY

    12:00:00 AM

  • 22

    Sep

    2016

    Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY

    12:00:00 AM

  • 30

    Sep

    2016

    SINGING: What's It All About? Vocal Workshop

    Michael Shirtz, clinician | Pelissippi State College, Knoxville, TN

    11:00:00 AM

  • 02

    Oct

    2016

    Guest Appearance

    Bobby Floyd Trio with Mary McClendan, guest Michael Shirtz | Notes Club, Columbus, OH

    06:00:00 PM

  • 05

    Oct

    2016

    SINGING: What's It All About? Vocal Workshop

    Michael Shirtz, clinician | Terra State Community College, Fremont, OH

    07:00:00 PM

  • 17

    Oct

    2016

    Maureen McGovern

    Keynote with Michael Shirtz | OAPN Conference, Kalahari, OH

    07:00:00 PM

  • 21

    Oct

    2016

    Jazz @ 8: Jazz Gets Spooky

    Michael Shirtz Quartet | State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 28

    Oct

    2016

    Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Clayton Performing Arts Center, Knoxville, TN

    08:00:00 PM

  • 29

    Oct

    2016

    Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Clayton Performing Arts Center, Knoxville, TN

    08:00:00 PM

  • 30

    Oct

    2016

    Reformation Choral Festival Concert

    Reformation Choral Festival, Michael Shirtz, conductor | Fremont, OH

    06:30:00 PM

  • 04

    Nov

    2016

    Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Clayton Performing Arts Center, Knoxville, TN

    08:00:00 PM

  • 05

    Nov

    2016

    Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Clayton Performing Arts Center, Knoxville, TN

    08:00:00 PM

  • 06

    Nov

    2016

    Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Clayton Performing Arts Center, Knoxville, TN

    02:00:00 PM

  • 17

    Nov

    2016

    Maureen McGovern AMTA Engagement

    Maureen McGovern, AMTA private engagement with Michael Shirtz, piano/vocals.

    02:00:00 PM

  • 18

    Nov

    2016

    Maureen McGovern AMTA Engagement

    Maureen McGovern, AMTA private engagement with Michael Shirtz, piano/vocals.

    11:00:00 AM

  • 18

    Nov

    2016

    Jazz @ 8: Sounds of Swing

    Michael Shirtz Quartet with saxophonist Ernie Krivda | State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 02

    Dec

    2016

    Holiday Festival: "And to the World...JOY!"

    Terra Choral Society, Michael Shirtz, conductor | Terra State Community College, Fremont, OH

    07:30:00 PM

  • 03

    Dec

    2016

    Holiday Festival: "And to the World...JOY!"

    Terra Choral Society, Michael Shirtz, conductor | Sandusky State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    07:30:00 PM

  • 16

    Dec

    2016

    Jazz @ 8: Holiday Jazz Special

    Michael Shirtz Quartet and Mary McClendon | State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 01

    Mar

    2017

    Southeastern Theater Conference

    Lexington, KY

    12:00:00 AM

  • 02

    Mar

    2017

    Southeastern Theater Conference

    Lexington, KY

    12:00:00 AM

  • 03

    Mar

    2017

    Southeastern Theater Conference

    Lexington, KY

    12:00:00 AM

  • 04

    Mar

    2017

    Southeastern Theater Conference

    Lexington, KY

    12:00:00 AM

  • 05

    Mar

    2017

    Southeastern Theater Conference

    Lexington, KY

    12:00:00 AM

  • 17

    Mar

    2017

    In Finding Faith

    Michael Shirtz Quartet | Cypress Lake United Methodist Church, Fort Myers, FL

    07:00:00 PM

  • 18

    Mar

    2017

    SINGING: What's It All About? Vocal Workshop

    Michael Shirtz, clinician | Cypress Lake Methodist Church, Fort Myers, FL

    10:00:00 AM

  • 19

    Mar

    2017

    Guest Appearance

    Michael Shirtz Quartet | Cypress Lake United Methodist Church, Fort Myers, FL

    10:00:00 AM

  • 20

    Mar

    2017

    AMERICA, Our Way!

    Michael Shirtz Quartet | Clayton Performing Arts Center, Knoxville, TN

    07:30:00 PM

  • 24

    Mar

    2017

    Jazz @ 8: "Duets"

    Michael Shirtz and guitarist Chris Buzzelli | State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 14

    Apr

    2017

    JAZZ @ 8: Jazz Meets Hollywood

    Michael Shirtz and Danny Bauer Trio | State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 26

    May

    2017

    JAZZ @ 8: Celebrating Brubeck

    Michael Shirtz with saxophonist George Michael, Doug Neel and Justin Campell | State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 23

    Jun

    2017

    JAZZ @ 8: A Night of Nat King Cole

    Chris Buzzelli Trio with Michael Shirtz | State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 24

    Jun

    2017

    Chautauqua Choral Festival "The American Spiritual"

    Chautauqua Choral Festival, Michael Shirtz, conductor | Lakeside Chautauqua, OH

    10:00:00 AM

  • 25

    Jun

    2017

    Chautauqua Choral Festival Concert "Voice of Freedom: The American Spiritual"

    Chautauqua Festival Chorus, Michael Shirtz, conductor | Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside Chautauqua, OH

    07:00:00 PM

  • 04

    Jul

    2017

    The Fantasticks

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 05

    Jul

    2017

    The Fantasticks

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 06

    Jul

    2017

    The Fantasticks

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 07

    Jul

    2017

    The Fantasticks

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 11

    Jul

    2017

    Next To Normal

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 12

    Jul

    2017

    Next To Normal

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 13

    Jul

    2017

    Next To Normal

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 14

    Jul

    2017

    Next To Normal

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 25

    Jul

    2017

    Peter and the Starcatcher

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 26

    Jul

    2017

    Peter and the Starcatcher

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 27

    Jul

    2017

    Peter and the Starcatcher

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 28

    Jul

    2017

    Peter and the Starcatcher

    Michael Shirtz, music director | Huron Playhouse, Huron, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 28

    Jul

    2017

    JAZZ @ 8: Summer Songs: From the 60s and 70s

    Michael Shirtz Quartet with Pamela Shirtz | State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 04

    Aug

    2017

    Looking for the Light with Maureen McGovern

    with Michael Shirtz | Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside, OH

    08:15:00 PM

  • 11

    Aug

    2017

    Classics of the American Songbook

    Michael Shirtz Quartet with Lakeside Symphony | Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside, OH

    08:15:00 PM

    tickets

  • 18

    Aug

    2017

    JAZZ @ 8: Jazz Meets Broadway

    Michael Shirtz Quartet with Nate Huntley | State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 15

    Sep

    2017

    JAZZ @ 8: Tribute to the Torch Singers

    Michael Shirtz Quartet with Evelyn Wright | State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 08

    Oct

    2017

    Maureen McGovern's Looking for the Light

    with Michael Shirtz | Lock One Community Arts Center, New Bremen, OH

    08:00:00 PM

  • 09

    Oct

    2017

    Looking for the Light with Maureen McGovern

    with Michael Shirtz | Lock One Community Arts Center, New Bremen, OH

    08:00:00 PM

  • 20

    Oct

    2017

    JAZZ @ 8: Jazz Gets Spooky

    Michael Shirtz Quartet with Mark Gridley | State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 28

    Oct

    2017

    Great Hymns of Faith Choral Festival

    Choral Festival | Michael Shirtz, conductor | Sandusky State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    10:30:00 AM

  • 29

    Oct

    2017

    Great Hymns of Faith Festival

    Festival Chorus | Michael Shirtz, conductor | State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    04:00:00 PM

  • 10

    Nov

    2017

    JAZZ @ 8: Music of Doug Neel

    Doug Neel and Friends | State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 16

    Dec

    2017

    The State's Yuletide

    Michael Shirtz and Guests | State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

  • 04

    Jan

    2017

    Jazz Education Network

    New Orleans, LA

    12:00:00 PM

  • 05

    Jan

    2017

    Jazz Education Network

    New Orleans, LA

    12:00:00 PM

  • 06

    Jan

    2017

    Jazz Education Network

    New Orleans, LA

    12:00:00 PM

  • 07

    Jan

    2017

    Jazz Education Network

    New Orleans, LA

    12:00:00 PM

  • 14

    Feb

    2017

    Private Engagement

    07:00:00 PM

  • 24

    Feb

    2017

    Jazz @ 8: From Miles to Motown

    Michael Shirtz Quartet | State Theatre, Sandusky, OH

    08:00:00 PM

    tickets

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