Prof. Michael Stockdale is the Chair of the Music Division, Director of the Contemporary Christian Music Program and Associate Professor of Music at Cornerstone University. He is a current and founding member of the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet (GRGQ) and a member of the Worship and Creative Arts Team at Resurrection Life Church. Mr. Stockdale is active as both a classical and contemporary musician. Among his contemporary performance credits, he has shared the stage with recording artists Joel Augé, Paul Baloche,Michael English, Anthony Evans, Michael Gungor, Israel Houghton, New Life - Desperation Band and Ken Reynolds. His recording credits including: Michael Stockdale Live in Concert, Teach Me Lord, For You I Live, and Reach the World and Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet.A native of Great Britain, Mr. Stockdale received his A.R.C.M. (1982) and Dip. R.C.M. (1983) diplomas from London's prestigious Royal College of Music where he studied guitar with Patrick Bashford and Charles Ramirez. Mr. Stockdale began playing guitar at age eight, and formal training at age twelve. He studied with several prominent English teachers including John Tomkins, Julian Byzantine, John Mills, and Graham Wade. Mr. Stockdale has given numerous performances as a soloist and chamber musician and has been featured on both English and American radio and television. He has performed Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with several orchestras and was a recipient of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP award for adventurous programming.
Recently, Mr. Stockdale and the GRGQ performed Rodrigo’s Concierto Andaluz for four guitars with the Kent Philharmonic; and also gave concerts at Calvin College, the First Congregational Church of Battle Creek, and performed the opening concert for the White Lake Guitar Festival.