Michael Pape joined the Utah Symphony as Section Percussion in 2015. Prior to his appointment, he served as Acting Section Percussion with the Utah Symphony. Mr. Pape spent five seasons as a percussionist with the Fort Wayne (IN) Philharmonic. During the 09/10 season, Michael held a one-year position with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He performed with them on several national and international tours and recordings. He has also has held positions with the Canton (OH) Symphony and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has performed and recorded with the Chicago Symphony and has also performed with the New World Symphony (FL), Pittsburgh Opera, Mendelssohn Choir, and the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.
In 2004, Michael was the winner of the 1st prize at the International Snare Drum Competition in Paris, France. He also received the best interpretation prize for his performance of ‘Breakaway’ by Tim Adams. In 2005, he was invited by Frederic Macarez to perform a solo recital at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris.
Michael received a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from Carnegie Mellon University. His principal teachers are Timothy K. Adams and Paul Evans. Michael has also studied with Chris Deviney, John Soroka, Andy Reamer, and Chris Allen. Michael is married to Utah Symphony violinist Karen Wyatt.