Dr. Michael Geib, double bassist, composer, and pedagogue, joined the faculty at the University of Central Oklahoma School of Music in 2010. He has also taught at Florida State University, Oklahoma Christian University, Edmond North High School, and the Quartz Mountain Music Festival. He is committed to teaching bassists to be versed in all types of music, with his doctoral treatise focusing on teaching improvisation to orchestral double bass players. His principal teachers have included Melanie Punter, Rodney Jordan, Ian Bracchitta, and Delbert Felix.
As a symphonic musician, Dr. Geib has performed in professional orchestras in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Currently he is the principal bassist of the Enid Symphony Orchestra and Edmond Chamber Orchestra, as well as a member of the Norman Philharmonic, the Painted Sky Opera Orchestra, and the Colorado Mahlerfest Orchestra. He has performed on multiple recordings for the Naxos Label, including Ellen Taafe Zwilich: Millennium Fantasy, Images, Peanuts Gallery in 2009, where he was principal bassist and a featured soloist. He has performed in festivals internationally, including the Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, Florida and the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has also been featured on a number of radio broadcasts, including Performance Today on American Public Media and Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know? on National Public Radio.
As a jazz musician, Dr. Geib has performed with Benny Golson, Dave Douglas, Kenny Garrett, Jerry Tachoir, John Fedchock, Marcus Roberts, Jason Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Walt Weiskopf, Martin Bejerano, and Paul McKee, among others. He has frequently performed at The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island, recognized by Downbeat Magazine as one of the “150 Great Jazz Venues of the World.” He has performed at several national festivals including Jazz in June Inc., Chamber Music Amarillo, and the Jazz Education Network Conference. Internationally, he has performed in such clubs as The Music Village in Brussels, Belgium. Currently he performs with the 5th Street Jazz Collective, the Claire Piersol Band, the Edmond Jazz Orchestra, and various other groups in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. He is also an active jazz composer, having written original music for productions and festivals in Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.
An active theatre orchestra musician, Dr. Geib has performed in the musicals Assassins, Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes, Spring Awakening, Beauty and the Beast, South Pacific, The Last Five Years, Little Shop of Horrors, and Big River, among others. He has performed in multiple premieres, including Mann... and Wife in 2016, Bernice Bobs Her Hair in 2015, and Broadway Tonight’s Flipside: The Patti Page Story in 2011. He also performs regularly for the Lyric Theater of Oklahoma.
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