Michael Haithcock assumed his duties as Director of Bands and Professor of Music (conducting) at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2001, after twenty-three years on the faculty of Baylor University in Texas. Following in the footsteps of William D. Revelli and H. Robert Reynolds, Professor Haithcock conducts the internationally renowned University of Michigan Symphony Band; guides the acclaimed graduate band and wind ensemble conducting program; and provides administrative leadership for all aspects of the University of Michigan’s diverse and historic bands program. Beyond the University of Michigan, Haithcock is in demand as a guest conductor and expert for symposiums and workshops in a variety of instructional settings, including festivals and all-state assemblies around the country.
Ensembles under Haithcock’s guidance have drawn critical acclaim for their high artistic standards of performance and repertoire. Concerts at national and state conventions, performances in major concert venues, and the Symphony Band’s many recordings have garnered wide praise. Haithcock has taken the lead in commissioning and premiering new works for concert band, earning plaudits from both composers and conductors for his innovative approaches to wind ensemble repertoire and programming.
An accomplished conductor, Professor Haithcock is also known for his teaching style and dedication to students. "He has now placed his individual stamp on the program," said Dean Emeritus Paul Boylan. "Like [former band conductor] H. Robert Reynolds, his teaching and conducting style is something to behold. He manages to bring out the very best in his student performers, without intimidation." Students also express high praise for Haithcock's artistry and methods. Says senior clarinet major senior Lewis Gilmore, "As a student, I want most of all to be inspired by the musicians around me. And there is no one more motivating or encouraging than Michael Haithcock."