Michael LaMattina earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance from Oberlin College and a Master of Music Degree in Performance from Cleveland State University in 2001.
Additionally, while at Oberlin, he attended the Music Academy of the West and the Tanglewood Music Center.
Michael’s former positions include Principal Percussion with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra and Principal Timpani/Percussion with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus.
In addition to his DPO duties, he is Associate Section Percussion with the Columbus Symphony and Principal Percussion with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra in the summer. Michael is Director of Percussion Studies at Miami University. He is also a member of the DPO’s Trio (Bass, Trumpet and Percussion).
He first met his wife, Lori, in the Schuster pit while both were performing with the DPO in Dayton Opera’s 2003 production of Aida, although Michael had served as Principal Percussion since 2001 and Lori had served as a violist since 1999. They were married a year later. In their spare time, Michael and Lori enjoy bike riding, gardening, traveling during summers and spending time with their son, Andrew.