McCawley, Mike
Adjunct Instructor
Last Updated: 10/24/18 -

Michael was born in Stevenage, England and immigrated to Saskatoon, Canada at age 9. As a result of the extreme psychological and emotional stress induced by living in the middle of the Canadian prairies, he joined the school band in grade 7.  Surprisingly, tuba was not his first choice of instrument (it was the trombone), but as he was the only student tall enough to hold the schools tuba the decision was made for him.


While growing up in Saskatoon Michael attended the University of Saskatchewan and performed in a variety of ensembles. In 1984 Michael moved to Windsor, Ontario after accepting the position as Principal Tuba of the Windsor Symphony.  While in Windsor, he performed frequently with Orchestra London Canada, the Thunder Bay Symphony and numerous brass chamber groups throughout Ontario and Michigan. Additionally, Michael was Publicist and Concert Manager for the School of Music at the University of Windsor from 1987-1990.


In 1990 Michael moved to Provo with his family (they knew it was out west, somewhere near Las Vegas). Since then, he has pursued an active musical life including frequent performances with the Utah Symphony and as Principal Tuba of the Ballet West Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Utah Premiere Brass and the Utah Wind Symphony, and a variety of chamber ensembles. He is Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Utah Valley University, and has held similar positions at Weber State and Utah State Universities.


Michael received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Saskatchewan in 1982 and a Master of Music in Tuba Performance from Brigham Young University in 1994. In his spare time he enjoys canoeing, camping, fishing, and clay pigeon shooting. His wife Geralyn Giovannetti is also an accomplished professional musician and Professor of Oboe at BYU. They have two wonderful children, Erin and Sean as well as Brio (the calico cat) and Lady (a ridiculously friendly chocolate lab).