Michael Kooman is an active composer and pianist currently living in New York City. His work spans the mediums of theater, concert music, and digital media. Most recently, his original musical Dani Girl (book and lyrics by Christopher Dimond) was featured at the Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices program and also won the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Award for Best Musical. The piece has been work-shopped at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, as well as Carnegie Mellon University, and was selected for the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater workshop, run by winner Stephen Schwartz.
Mr. Kooman also wrote the music for the song cycle Homemade Fusion which has since been performed across the country, most recently at the Zipper Factory. The song cycle originally premiered at Carnegie Mellon University, and transferred to a successful run at the Civic Light Opera Cabaret Space in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His musical scores have included the Carnegie Mellon Productions of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, Brecht's Man is Man, Guare's House of Blue Leaves, and Ibsen's Ghosts. Also active in the concert world, Michael Kooman was commissioned to write a piece for the 80th Anniversary season of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, and his orchestral overture Two Precepts was premiered and recorded by the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic. He is currently a member of the Tony honored BMI Musical Theater Workshop and a proud member of ASCAP.