Michael Dauphinais has been hailed in the press as “a marvelous collaborative pianist” (ITEA Journal). His versatility has led to collaborations with several opera companies in the U.S. including Tulsa Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, Sarasota Opera, Kentucky Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Southwest, Opera in the Ozarks and New Jersey Opera Theatre, and he has served as the music director for the young artists’ Ensemble at San Diego Opera. He has also performed throughout the U.S., Mexico, Ireland and Austria. Dauphinais has also served as a staff pianist for both regional and international conferences held by ITEA (International Tuba Euphonium Association) as well as the American Institute for Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria. An advocate of contemporary music and multi-disciplinary collaboration, Dr. Dauphinais has performed with Merce Cunningham Dance Company, choreographer Yanira Castro, Art.If.Act Dance Project, True Concord Voices & Orchestra, and ACME (Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble). He has collaborated extensively with composer and sound artist Stephan Moore, and has recently premiered a work for piano and electronics by John King. Michael Dauphinais earned degrees in music from Western Michigan University (BM) and Arizona State University (MM and DMA). In addition to teaching at The University of Arizona, he currently serves as the principal pianist/coach at Opera Southwest (Albuquerque, NM).