Midgley II. has been an active composer for the last sixteen
years. He has composed numerous compositions during both
his professional and collegiate career including one symphony,
twelve original works for band and other large form compositions.
Mr. Midgley has also written a great number of chamber works,
including quartets and quintets for wind instruments, solo
piano works, and solo works for many other instruments.
He has also composed many works of electronic music for
both tape and live performers.
His composition teachers include Californian composers Mr.
Delbert Bump and Dr. Mac Cooks, and Dr. Dan Beaty, who served
on the SFA Music Faculty. Mr. Midgley has earned three degrees
from Stephen F. Austin State University: B.M., M.M. and
M.Ed. Both of his music degrees are in music theory and
composition. His other degree is in secondary education.
For more than sixteen years, Mr. Midgley has been working
closely with M.I.D.I. technology, serving as a Graduate
Assistant at SFA in the M.I.D.I. Lab, and also at Solano
Community College in California. He is an expert on Macintosh
computers and music software, and has tutored many students
in the use of computer technology in music, including both
music notation, sequencing and CAI software. Mr. Midgley
has served as a music technology coordinator and instructor
for younger children in the SFA Music Preparatory Division.
Mr. Midgley taught in the Texas public school system as
an All-Level Music teacher. He was the first music teacher
in Zavalla Texas. During his time there, Mr. Midgley put
on many elementary music programs. He also now maintains
a private guitar studio with the SFA Music Preparatory Division.
Mr. Midgley is currently the Music Technology coordinator
at SFA. He also teaches, guitar, composition, music for
children, history of rock music and art music classes. In
his spare time from teaching he enjoys composing, making
sci-fi movies, playing Dr. Mario and Unreal Tournament,
making web pages, arranging music, writing plays as well
as playing classic guitar.
Activities & Plans
Mr. Midgley is
a member of ASCAP, Pi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honorary
Society and Kappa Delta Pi, National Education Honorary
Society. Mr. Midgley is in his final stages of completing
his first Science Fiction novel, Time and Time Again.
He is also working on a major electronic composition that
will take him a whole year to compose. His compostion recital
2002 at 7:30pm premiered this work.
Mr. Midgley presents
sessions on Music Technology through out Texas. He has presented
manys times at TMEA and at the TAHPERD convention.
Each year Mr. Midgley presents an Happening featuring some
of his compositions.