Michael Rene Torres

Michael Rene Torres

Michael Rene Torres

Assistant Professor of Practice, Saxophone and Composition


614 292-4648

366 Timashev Building
1866 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Saxophone
  • Composition


  • DMA (saxophone), The Ohio State University
  • MM (composition), The Ohio State University
  • MM (saxophone), Northwestern University
  • BME (education), Stetson University

Saxophonist, composer, educator and curator Michael Rene Torres currently serves as saxophone assistant professor of practice at The Ohio State University; during the summer he teaches saxophone at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Columbus Ohio Discovery Ensemble (CODE); a 501(c)3 non-profit contemporary music ensemble that is dedicated to the promotion, performance and perception of new music in Central Ohio. Additionally, Michael serves as the Program Director and an Advisory Board member of the Johnstone Fund for New Music which advances the performance of new music for the benefit of the Central Ohio community. Torres has presented recitals, clinics and master classes at conferences and universities throughout the USA. As an advocate of contemporary music, Torres has commissioned and premiered several works for the concert saxophone and is an active chamber musician as a member of the Tower Duo with flutist, Erin Helgeson Torres. Tower Duo specializes in creating engaging musical experiences and commissioning new concert works by living composers to advance the growing repertoire of the flute and saxophone duet. A winner of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and the Greater Columbus Arts Council Composition Fellowship, Torres' compositional interests are in chamber music that explores the juxtaposition of consonance and dissonance and is often inspired by psychology and poetry. He describes his music as dramatic and theatrical with complex, intricate moments and calm, introspective moments. He has served as Lecturer of Saxophone and Composition at Muskingum University (2011–present), Artist-in-Residence with the Wexner Center for the Arts Pages Program (2017–2018), Assistant Dean of Students at the Brevard Music Center Festival and Institute (2010–2015), Executive Committee member of the Society of Composers, Inc. as the Editor for the bimonthly national SCI Newsletter (2012–2016), Instructor of Music at Ohio Dominican University (2014–2015), Assistant Event Coordinator for The Ohio State University Contemporary Music Festival (2010–2012), and as the General Manager of the 2013 National Conference of the Society of Composers, Inc. Torres holds degrees from The Ohio State University (DMA–saxophone, MM–composition), Northwestern University (MM–saxophone), and Stetson University (BME–education). He has studied saxophone with James Bishop, Frederick L. Hemke, James Hill and Joseph Lulloff and studied composition with Thomas Wells and Kari Juusela. Torres is a Conn-Selmer Endorsing Artist and performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones. Visit Dr. Torres' website for more information.

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