Personal Summary / Bio
Michelle Levy has been performing on and exploring the possibilities of bowed string instruments for over 20 years. She studied classical viola & Old Time fiddle/banjo at Brown University, then continued her musical studies in Medieval performance practice on vielle with Shira Kammen and with Sequentia at the Vancouver Medieval Programme at the University of British Columbia.
Michelle performs throughout the country with an eclectic variety of ensembles and vocalists, including The Boston Camerata, Celtic singer Abby Green, Maia Archote (Ozark-mountain singer/songwriter of the Year 2007), and Algerian Amazigh (Berber) songwriter Moh Alileche (IAP Best World Music: Africa 2005).
Michelles journey as a performer has brought her to the stage of Boston Symphony Hall, The Boston Hatch Shell, New York City’s The Kitchen, San Francisco’s Yoshi’s and Herbst Theater, as well as live on the radio (WGBH Boston, KALW San Francisco, KOOP Austin, and WMNF Tampa). Michelle also enjoys performing at contra and English country dance camps in the woods as well as with Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to creating music on whitewater rafting trips. She released an album, Forces of Nature, in March 2012, available through her website.
As a fiddle/violin teacher, Michelle is on the faculty of Bay Area Academy of Music and is trained in the Orff Shulwerk approach to teaching music as well as the Mark O’Connor Method. She teaches all ages from 3 and up.