A Turtle’s Tribute:
Robert Michael “Mike” Green (Accompanist), was a native Louisianian, who helds both Bachelor and Master Degrees in Piano Performances from Northeast Louisiana University where he studied with Mrs. Florence Zeigler Allbritton and Dr. Donald Ray Cornell.
While a NLU, Mr. Green accompanied Miss Julie Green, a three-year winner of the Southwestern United States auditions for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. During his Graduate Studies at NLU, he was a graduate assistant in the School of Music where he taught private and class piano.
In 1979, Mike was the only graduate student chosen to perform in the first annual Honors Recital and in 1980, he performed with the Northeast Orchestra after winning the Concerto Competition.
After completing studies in Louisiana, he was awarded a graduate assistantship for teaching in the Piano Preparatory Department at Southern Methodist University under the direction of Mrs. Louise Bianchi, the world renowned pedagogue. He taught there for two years while completing a Master of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy. He studied with Dr. David Karp, Chairman of the Piano Department at SMU.
In November 1981, he presented his third Graduate Recital and in the spring of 1982 he completed his Master’s Thesis Project in which he composed six compositions for children. Mike performed in Master Classes with Ralph Votapek, James White, and Professor Nalita True and was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Richardson Music Teachers Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, and National Music Teachers Association. He studied organ with Clarece Candamio and taught piano privately in Richardson and Dallas. He was the organist at Rosemont Christian Church.
Mike passed away on July 14, 1995.