"It is not difficult to compose. But it is fabulously hard to let the superfluous notes fall under the table."

 

- Brahms

Accomplished composer, arranger, and accompanist Mike Kregler was born in New York, New York. He earned both undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Miami before beginning his wide-ranging career in music.

As composer and arranger, Mike composes regularly on commission has been published by Walton, GIA, and Santa Barbara, most recently for his setting of E.E. Cummings' i carry your heart. Other significant works include Now Winter Nights, a major work for SATB chorus and orchestra, commissioned and premiered by Catherine Gagnon and the Warwick Symphony Orchestra, Thinking of you and all that was.... for treble chorus and piano, commissioned and premiered by Regina McAdam and the North Smithfield High School Treble Chorus, Sabor for SATB chorus and piano, premiered by Matthew Cunningham and the Brockton High School Concert Choir under the direction of Matthew Cunningham), and Orpheus with his lute made trees, commissioned and premiered by Olivia Goliger and the Franklin High School Treble Chorus. In April, 2018, Into Your World, a choral composition about neurodiversity, inspired by the composer's autistic son, Joe, was premiered by Mike's home choir, Providence College's I Cantori, under the direction Dr. T.J. Harper.

As accompanist and pianist, Kregler has developed the reputation for being equally adept in the fields of jazz, opera, choral music, art song, chamber music, musical theater, and popular music. He is passionate about collaborating with seasoned artists as well as helping to motivate and stir the talents of young musicians. Mike has played extensively throughout the Northeast and currently serves as faculty accompanist and lecturer at PC.

When not accompanying or composing, Mike enjoys “mucha parranda” with his Colombian friends, dancing, dining, cooking, and pulling shots of espresso. He lives in Lincoln, RI. with his wife, flutist Mary Ellen Kregler, and his sons James Joseph, Anthony Thomas, and Joseph Celio.

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