Edgerton, born in Racine, Wisconsin, is a composer of modern classical music. In addition to concert music, he previously had interest in bringing music together with other mediums, such as theater, movement and visual art, often in collaboration with artists from these disciplines - however, in the last 10 years, his work increasingly leans toward complexity and acoustical exploration.
Since 2000, Edgerton has been based in Europe and has worked with artists such as Stefan Östersjö, Kairos String Quartet, Ensemble Ars Nova, Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Gary Verkade, Angela Rademacher, Chor der Hochschule der Kuenste, Berlin, Chatschatur Kanajan, Jeffrey Burns.
His compositions have received awards and recognition from the Kompositionspreis der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart 2007 (Tempo Mental Rap), 2007 Composition Contest of the Netherlands Radio Choir (Kalevi Matus), 5th Dutilleaux International Composition Compétition, 2003 (1 sonata), 31 FESTIVAL SYNTHESE BOURGES 2001 (The Elements of Risk in Creation), 1999 Sal Martirano composition competition, Friends and Enemies of New Music (Net/Byrinth), MacDowell Club Award for composition, 1995 (Unspoken Crime), Midwest Composers Symposium, 1988 (A Penny for the Young Guy), 1987 National Federation of Music Clubs Composition Competition (Ai), 1987 National Federation of Music Clubs Composition Competition (Dwellers of the Southwest), Michigan State University Orchestral Composition Competition, 1986 (The Final Diary of a Branch)
Michael received his Doctorate in Musical Arts (DMA) in composition from the University of Illinois, the Masters of Music (MM) from Michigan State University and the Bachelors of Arts (BA) from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. From 1996 to 1999, Michael was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the National Center for Voice and Speech, where he conducted research on voice science for his book, the 21st Century Voice (http://www.scarecrowpress.com/)