Faculty Profiles

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Mike Messer

Guest Instructor of Music


Doctor of Music
Piano Performance with Minor in Historical Musicology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Studied with Christopher Taylor

Master of Music
Piano Performance with Cognate in Collaborative Piano
Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
Studied with Winston Choi

Bachelor of Music
Piano Performance
Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
Studied with Karin Redekopp Edwards


Mr. Mike loves adventuring into the world of music alongside his students. He became a teacher because getting to know his students and fostering their musical growth is so rewarding. He strives for each of his students to develop a unique musical understanding, learn new technical skills, and explore their creativity.

  • UW-Madison Annual Beethoven Competition (Winner, 2018)
  • UW-Madison Graduate Degree Solo Recitals (Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, one scheduled for Spring 2020)
  • Various private concerts in Madison, Chicago Suburbs, Seattle Areas (solo/collaborative repertoire) (2017 -2019)
  • UW-Madison Keyboard Concerto Competition (Finalist, 2017 and 2018)
  • Claude Debussy Festival in Madison, WI (2018)
  • Masterclass with Evelyne Brancart (2016)
  • Misbin Family Memorial Chamber Music Competition (Finalist, 2016)
  • American Prize in Music Chamber Music Competition (Finalist, 2016)
  • Deeper Piano Studies Workshop with Frederic Chiu (2015)
  • Masterclass with Edward Auer (2015)
  • Roosevelt University Scriabin Piano Competition (Winner, 2015)
  • Roosevelt University Graduate Degree Recital (2016)
  • Collaborative pianist for student recitals at Roosevelt University (2015-2017 )
  • Concerto honors performance with the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra (Winner, 2013)
  • Wheaton College Senior Piano Recital (2013)
  • Private Concerts (Senior Recital Repertoire) (2013-2014)
  • Wheaton College Junior Piano Recital (2012)
  • Wheaton College Sophomore Piano Recital (2011)
  • Wheaton College Piano Concerto Competition (Alternate, 2012)
  • Solo performances during the Wheaton College Men's Glee Club France Tour (2013)
  • Concerto performance with the Seattle Festival Orchestra (2010)
  • Summer Keyboard Explorations -Washington State University (2008-2010)
  • Beethoven Piano Competition Winner, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Scriabin Piano Competition Winner, Roosevelt University
  • Keyboard Concerto Competition Winner, Wheaton College

Jin, Kangwoo and Michael Messer. "Learning to Listen: lnstagram as a Supplement to Studio Class." American Music Teacher, April/May, 2019. 

  • Leon Iltis Scholarship - UW-Madison (2019)
  • Howard & Francis Karp Scholarship-UW-Madison (2018 and 2019)
  • Evalin Endowed Scholarship -Wheaton College (2013)
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society-Green River Community College (2010)

Member: Music Teachers National Association (2017-Present)