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Bio

Michael Hudson-Casanova is originally from Sterling Heights, MI, a suburb of Detroit. He was inspired to study music at a young age by the great band program in Utica Community Schools. He was lucky to be able to participate in the Detroit Civic Jazz Band and study saxophone and clarinet with some of Detroit’s most in-demand working musicians.

MHC worked professionally in Michigan while attending Western Michigan University, where he studied saxophone and composition with Andrew Rathbun and Edward Simon of the San Francisco Jazz Collective. He was involved in many interdisciplinary projects in west Michigan which included dance and multimedia, along with his original music.

In 2017, MHC moved to Philadelphia, PA to pursue a master’s degree in jazz studies at Temple University. His education was quickly integrated into Philadelphia’s vibrant jazz scene as he studied with Dick Oatts, Ben Schachter, and Norman David. 

In 2021, he relocated to Chicago, IL. He is excited to continue teaching, performing, and creating in this city’s wonderful music scene.

MHC has been teaching privately throughout his own education, and finds it extremely rewarding. He created many of his own educational materials which are available to all of his students. His private studio includes saxophone, flute, and clarinet students of all ages, experience levels, and areas of interest. He believes in a personalized approach to teaching music so that all of his students have the opportunity to develop their own relationship with music and a musical instrument. MHC’s performance resume includes professional experiences in small and large jazz ensembles, symphonic wind ensembles, and commercial music settings. 

COVID-19 created unique challenges for all working musicians. Through the pandemic, MHC continued to create and teach music. He released an EP with Crosscurrents Ensemble in February of 2020, and his debut as a leader, “Echoes of Thought,” in October of 2021.

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