Michael A. Mogensen

A native and resident of Hagerstown, Maryland, composer, arranger, conductor and French horn player, Michael A. Mogensen is an alumnus of the music schools of James Madison University and Ithaca College. Mr. Mogensen’s compositions for wind ensemble and symphony orchestra are published through the C. L. Barnhouse Company1, the TRN Music Company2, and Mogensen Music Publishing. He has held positions with Warner Brothers Publications as well as Disney Music Publishing, and he’s served as an adjudicator, clinician, instructor and guest conductor for many high school, college, and university events.

Mr. Mogensen’s works have been presented throughout the world, including performances at the Music Center at Strathmore, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. He has been granted multiple ASCAP Concert Music Awards, and for his concert band work Sierra Dawn, he was honored with the prestigious Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel Composition Prize, given by The United States Air Force Band (USAFB) in Washington, DC. His USAFB-commissioned work, Aerial Fantasy, received a Pulitzer Prize nomination and has been professionally recorded in Japan as well as in the United States on the Walking Frog Records3 album Toward the North Star. Mr. Mogensen is the recipient of a Masterworks Prize for living composers, granted by ERMMedia, for his commissioned orchestral composition, Chapter Finál; and his poignant work for wind ensemble, entitled September, was a finalist in the Columbia Summer Winds Composition Contest.

For the past two seasons, Mr. Mogensen has served as Composer-in-Residence (CIR) for the Maryland Band Director’s Band, based in Rockville, Maryland, and in 2017 he will additionally serve as CIR for the Maryland Wind Festival. His newly commissioned work for Dectet (10 winds) will be premiered during the festival in late June 2017.

Mr. Mogensen is one of the featured composers in volume four of the book series Composers on Composing for Band, published by GIA Publications, Inc.

Please enjoy a few of Mr. Mogensen's compositions

Aerial Fantasy

  • Commissioned and performed by the United States Air Force Band, Washington, DC
  • 2007 Pulitzer Prize Nominee


  • Written in lasting memory of those lost during the September 11, 2001 tragedies
  • Finalist in the Columbia Summer Winds Composition Contest
  • Performed by the Peabody Wind Ensemble - Harlan Parker, conductor

Chapter Finál

  • Commissioned by the Maryland Classic Youth Philharmonic
  • Recipient of a Masterworks Prize for living composers, granted by ERMMedia
  • Performed by the Kiev Philharmonic