Michael Andre Cooney, of Fairfield, CT, received his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in piano performance from the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT). He studied classical composition with Dr. Avo Somer and Robert Carl and was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Dartington International Summer School in Devon, England, to study composition with Kurt Schwertsik of the Vienna Conservatory. As a composer for film, he recently composed the original motion picture soundtrack for the films, Honorable Retribution (2010), Old Days (2011), Helen (2012), A1-Quality Entertainment (2011), and Local Commercial (2012) starring John Ratzenburger. He is a member of ASCAP, The Society of Composers and Lyricists, and is an executive board member of the CT State Music Teachers Association (CSMTA). He is the music director and organist of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Fairfield, CT.