Michael Swartz studied applied double bass with Oscar Zimmerman at the Eastman School of Music. He received his BME and Masters in Secondary Administration from the University of Nebraska and currently teaches 4-12 strings and orchestra in Lincoln Public Schools, now in his 30th year. In addition to his public school teaching, he maintains an active double bass studio, is principal bassist in Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra and plays in the Omaha Symphony Orchestra. A strong believer in music as a medium for community service, he has been the “Captain” and leader for the SAIL (Strings Alliance in Lincoln) Summer Music Camp, serving over 350 students annually and now in its twenty-ninth year. He is a past president of Nebraska ASTA, received the Nebraska ASTA-2009 Outstanding Music Educator award and is an “Admiral” in the mythical Navy of the Great State of Nebraska. Most recently he was named as a Yale Distinguished Music Educator and will attend the Symposium “The Role of Music in Educational Reform” where he will receive this honor.