Michael Roush

As a writer, producer, and director, Michael Roush has had a lengthy career in the development  of creative content for independent film and theater production.  

During his years in Colorado at Cherry Creek High School (a Grammy® Signature School), Roush was active in Performing Arts as a performer in Musical Theatre and Drama, as well as Choral, drawing upon a heavy Fine Arts course load which also included theory, composition, and music appreciation.  

While at The University of Colorado, his passion for music production led to successful stints  behind the scenes in the concert industry. This broad array of high profile, live performance experience would later give way to independent film production and, eventually, creative writing.  

When a recent opportunity presented itself to re-imagine one particular narrative story into an evening ballet, subsequent successful productions in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles sparked not only a return to live performance, but also inspired new ways of storytelling.  

Combining classical music with his love for ballet, Roush began composing new and original symphonic poems for dance movement and colorful theatrics. Stearns Wharf, a piece for Chamber Orchestra, represents Roush’s recording debut. 

A staunch supporter of arts in public education, Roush currently resides in Southern California.


Symphonic Chronicles Vol II

Release Date: January 5, 2024
Catalog Number: NV6584
21st Century
Hailed by critics as a “descriptive and evocative” collection of contemporary classical music, the SYMPHONIC CHRONICLES series returns with a brand new roster of celebrated composers from a wide variety of backgrounds and influences. Anthony Wilson’s Númenor examines the sudden shifts in society that can bring us from peace to turmoil, while Octavian Nemescu’s The Inner Staircase courageously confronts forces of tyranny. In contrast, Stearns Wharf by Michael Roush follows the journey of two lovers in an impassioned pas de deux, while Margaret Brandman’s Gentle Summer Rain comments on the ethereal beauty found in juxtaposing aspects of nature. With performances by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Brno Contemporary Orchestra, and Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, SYMPHONIC CHRONICLES VOL II offers listeners a variegated palette of new music.