A native of Ohio, Michael moved to Texas to attend graduate school. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Marshall University and two Master of Music degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, one in organ performance and one in music ministry. During his time at Southwestern, he was the graduate assistant to Cynthia Dobrinski, working with the handbell choirs. He has served churches in Ohio, West Virginia and Texas. He was Organist/Music Associate at First Baptist Church in Arlington, where he coordinated the instrumental program and directed 4 handbell choirs. From 1999 to 2003, Michael worked as a high school choral director in the Arlington ISD, during which time his choirs sang in New Orleans, New York City and Italy.
He is on the Adjunct Faculty of Texas Wesleyan University teaching private voice lessons in the theater department. Also on the adjunct faculty at Dallas Baptist University, he teaches private piano and class piano. Michael also maintains a private studio where he teaches private piano and voice and coaches vocalists in both musical theater and classical genres.
His solo performances include organ recitals, hymn festivals and piano solos. He has been featured as piano soloist for Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy.” In June of 2003, he was pianist for Haydn’s “The Creation” at the Meyerson Symphony Center with Dr. Donald Neuen as conductor. Mr. Plantz made his Carnegie Hall debut in March of 2006 as the accompanist for the Martin High School Chorale which was invited to sing as part of the Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival.
Michael’s musical theater credits include well over fifty shows, working for such theaters as Jubilee Theatre, Kids Who Care, Theatre Arlington, Casa Manana, Dallas Summer Musicals, and several touring productions, among others. In 2012, he toured with the Theater of the Stars production of “The King and I” as assistant music director and pianist.