Bios

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FEATURED BIO

MICHAEL SEBASTIAN – Originally from Lancaster, PA, he became, at the age of 12 the youngest person ever to join the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. Only one year later, he was featured soloist with the same Orchestra, performing the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto.  Sebastian attended The University of Michigan, where he was Principal Cellist of the University Symphony Orchestra and a founding member of The Honors String Quartet.  While at UM, he was also Principal Cellist of The Toledo Symphony and a member of The Tolora String Quartet.  At the age of 20, he was hired as the youngest person ever to be Principal Cellist of The Florida West Coast Symphony and a member of The Florida String Quartet.
During his orchestral and chamber music career, he played under conductors such as Eugene Ormandy, Zubin Mehta, Arthur Fiedler, Mitch Miller, Yehudi Menhuin, and performed with chamber artists such as Joseph Silverstein, Walter Trampler, Ron Leonard, and Robert Levin.  International performances include some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls; Carnegie Hall (NY), The Academy of Music (Philadelphia) and Ford Theatre (Washington DC.)  He performed on concert tours with artists such as Bernadette Peters, George Benson, Red Skelton, Johnny Mathis, Paige O’Hara and Smokey Robinson.  Mr. Sebastian also served on the faculties of Interlochen National Music Camp, The University of South Florida, The University of Tampa, and the Bennington Chamber Music Festival.
In 1990,  Mr. Sebastian returned to his true passion:  Musical Theatre. He was Resident Music Director of The Golden Apple Dinner Theatre (the nations’ longest continually running Equity Dinner Theatre) for 8 years, followed by 8 years as Resident Music Director of Florida Studio Theatre (Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre) and Artistic Director at East Village Cabaret. He is a regular at the two-time Tony Award winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the oldest professional summer stock theatre in the country Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and the State Theatre of North Carolina, Flat Rock Playhouse.
Sebastian has also been chosen to work extensively on new show development with the pre-Broadway run of “A Tale of Two Cities” at the Asolo Theater in Sarasota, the pre-Broadway production of “Wonderland: Alice’s New Musical Adventures” by the creative team of Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy and Kathy Lee Gifford’s “Party Animals” (music by David Friedman), as part of the Genesis Project at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. He returned to the Wildhorn team by Music Directing “Zelda: An American Love Story”, produced in development at Flat Rock Playhouse.  His work has been recognized by many Regional Theatre awards across the country. Visit Michael at www.MichaelSebastian.info .

SHORTENED BIO

MICHAEL SEBASTIAN – Originally from Lancaster, PA, he became, at the age of 12 the youngest person ever to join the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. Following was a successful career in classical music, taking him to perform in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls and performances with artists such as Bernadette Peters, George Benson, Red Skelton, Johnny Mathis, Paige O’Hara and Smokey Robinson.
After stints performing with a rock band and cruise ships,  Michael returned to his true passion:  Musical Theatre. He was Resident Music Director of The Golden Apple Dinner Theatre for 8 years followed by 8 years at Florida Studio Theatre and Artistic Director at East Village Cabaret. He is a regular at the two-time Tony Award winning Cincinnati Playhouse, Peterborough Players, and Flat Rock Playhouse.
Michael has worked extensively on new show development with the pre-Broadway runs of “A Tale of Two Cities” at the Asolo Theater in Sarasota and “Wonderland: Alice’s New Musical Adventures” by the creative team of Frank Wildhorn & Jack Murphy. He returned to the Wildhorn team by Music Directing “Zelda: An American Love Story”, produced in development at Flat Rock Playhouse.  His work has been recognized by many Regional Theatre awards across the country. Visit Michael at www.MichaelSebastian.info .