A graduate of the University of Toronto, he has spent 35 years in education as a teacher and administrator, teaching strings, vocal, keyboard and band in high schools in Toronto and Alliston. He was Head of Music at Banting Memorial H.S. (Alliston) and at North Toronto Collegiate. He was Vice-Principal at NTCI and at Forest Hill C.I. before becoming Principal at Eastern Commerce C.I.
Mike has served as a string adjudicator at numerous music festivals across southern Ontario, as a clinician at Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA) conferences and has authored articles for the OMEA Journal, The Recorder.
As a performer, Mike has played with many orchestras in southern Ontario. He is a past concertmaster and soloist with the East York Symphony in Toronto, first violinist of the Artemis String Quartet, and member of the Koffler Chamber Orchestra.
Since retiring from the Toronto District School Board, he has spent more time performing and refereeing hockey. He is currently volunteering as a violinist with the Huronia Symphony Orchestra, and as Referee-in-Chief with the Barrie Minor Hockey Association.
Retirement has given him more time to pursue his life-long passion for fitness, becoming a certified Personal Trainer Specialist. He even manages to keep up some of his training at camp and has often offered personal coaching sessions to faculty and staff. Predictably, he is a formidable force on the faculty’s baseball team in their annual games with the music staff.