Michael Houff earned his undergraduate degree from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Gary Kosloski. Post graduate studies were at the Cleveland Institute of Music under David Russell and Peter Salaff. Michael has worked with orchestras in Springfield, Lima, Erie, Ashland, Mansfield, Toledo, Fort Wayne, and the Nienburger Kammer Orchestra in Germany. His solo career has put him in front of the Springfield and Nienburger Youth Symphonies, the Lima Symphony, and the South Euclid Community Orchestra. He is currently concertmaster of the Lima Symphony Orchestra. In addition to being a member of the New Century Quartet, Michael is also first violinist with the Amphion’s String Quartet, whose performance has been featured on WCLV Cleveland and WGTE Toledo. In addition to his classical career, Michael is a Nashville recording artist with local singer Ryan Humbert and tours the country with Shameless, a Garth Brooks Tribute band. Michael has been teaching private violin lessons professionally since 1992 and currently teaches in Broadview Heights, Ohio. Michael is in demand as a strings clinician in public schools across northeast Ohio and is involved with multiple summer music camp programs.