Conductor of Amadeus String Orchestra
A native of Rochester, New York, Michael Sabatka resides in Colorado Springs where he serves as the Associate Principal Violist with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and performs with in the chamber series Colorado Hausmusik. Before relocating to Colorado in the fall of 2018, Mr. Sabatka called Alabama home, where he performed regularly with the Huntsville Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, and as a substitute with the Alabama Symphony. He also had the privilege to play two seasons with the Boise Philharmonic before relocating to the Southeast. An avid chamber musician and teacher, he has served as a faculty member of the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, Chautauqua Music Camp, as a guest artist at Mississippi State University, in addition to the many summers he has been a staff member at the Credo Chamber Music Festival. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and his master’s degree from Boise State University where he served as a graduate teaching assistant and fellowship string quartet member. Pending the completion of his dissertation project, he will earn his DMA from the University of Alabama, where he was awarded a position in the Capstone graduate string quartet, and in addition served as a graduate teaching assistant. His primary mentors are Peter Slowik and Alice Kanack, and he has also grown both musically and as a teacher from the tutelage of Linda Kline, Wendy Richman, and Jacob Adams. In addition to his life in music, Mr. Sabatka loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking the trails and peaks in Colorado with his wife Erica and their Corgi mix, Bartok.