Dr. Michelle Colton is a versatile musician who plays and teaches all of the standard percussion instruments, multiple ethnic drums, piano, and guitar. She is also a singer songwriter who recently released her debut album, Unpredictable Nature. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in percussion from the University of Toronto. Dr. Colton has performed in Beijing and Shenyang, China in 2006, in Tokyo, Japan in 2008, and in Havana, Cuba in 2014 as a guest artist/clinician. She was a percussion instructor for the Iowa Ambassadors of Music tours in the UK/Europe in 2012 and 2014. She earned first place in the University of Toronto DMA Recital Competition and Concerto Competition. She often plays with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and has performed with NEXUS and Dame Evelyn Glennie. Her duo, Oregano Percussion, acted as Artists-in-Residence at MusicFest 2015 and currently performs and offers clinics throughout North America. In 2014-2015, she directed the University of Toronto Steel Pan Ensemble. She currently teaches in the percussion preparatory department at the University of Toronto. Dr. Colton is an artist/endorser of Pearl/Adams Percussion Instruments and Dream Cymbals and Gongs.