My name is Michael Swartz and I have been deeply involved with LSO since 1971 (believe it or not). I played with the LSO in my senior year in high school before I left to attend the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York. I spent several years away but returned in 1980. I have been principal bass in the orchestra since 1983 (if memory serves). For the last 29 years I have been the Captain of the SAIL Music Camp–an educational institution unique to Lincoln Nebraska.
My thrust has always been in education. I began teaching in the Lincoln Public School system as an itinerant music educator in 1983 and retired in 2014. I taught strings students from grade 4- 12. I was a leader for the Lincoln Youth Symphony for 20 of these years and am proud to have received the Yale Distinguished Music Educator award in 2013. I have been very successful as a private instructor of double bass students as well. My students have won the international society of bassists international 14 and under competition (Erik Higgins) The American Strings Teachers Association national competition (Erik Higgins and Amish Mitra) and both of these students have appeared as soloists with the LSO. I currently have a high school senior (Thomas Graul) playing regularly with the orchestra.
If you believe in music education as central to human development as I do–you can help to make a difference in Lincoln. You can donate to the LSO and designate your donation to go into the education program. You can also donate to SAIL Music Camp at http://sailcamplincoln.org/
Thanks for taking the time to read this. Lincoln has one of the most dynamic music education programs in the United States! (I learned this from my visit to Yale and collaboration with teachers from all over the country). Let’s work together to keep it growing!