Michael Coolen is a Professor of Ethnomusicology and Music. He has been the recipient of five Fulbright Fellowships, four NEH Summer Seminar Fellowships, Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year, and many other awards and honors. He has lived, worked, and taught in Africa, Europe, and New Zealand. In addition to coordinating theory and composition studies at Oregon State University, he is also Director of the Sound Design Studio and Recording Studio. His interest in world music and cultures is reflected in many of his compositions. Among them are numerous African and Latin-American arrangements and compositions he has written for piano, woodwind, and brass ensembles, marimba ensembles, steel drum ensembles, and vocal choirs.