Michael Pendowski

Michael Pendowski Assistant Professor
221 Goodwin Music Building
(334) 844-3164


Michael Pendowski is currently the Director of the Jazz Ensemble and Instructor of Saxophone at Auburn University. Previously he has taught at Eastman School of Music, VanderCook College of Music, Northwestern University, DePaul University, Harper Community College, and Wheaton-Warrenville High School He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a doctorate in Jazz and Contemporary Media, and Northwestern University with Degrees in Conducting and Music Education.

Dr. Pendowski's career has encompassed a wide variety of musical styles and venues. His film projects have included the restoration of Orson Welles "Othello", "Dead Presidents", "Our Father", and "Groundhog Day". In addition, he has composed, arranged, and produced over a dozen albums and has scored for off-Broadway productions, as well as animated features including the "Getting to Know the Artist" Series. This video collection (Rembrandt, DaVinci, & Michelangelo) won the American Library Video award. He has scored works for The Four Freshmen, Peter Cetera, Doc Severinsen and most recently for Jake Shimabukuro. He has written and produced music for hundreds of TV and radio commercials, and his work has won numerous awards including two Golden Lions and an Eddy. Dr. Pendowski also wrote original soundtracks to the John Madden Football and NCAA Football and Basketball games created by Electronic Arts.

Pendowski is a prominent composer in the educational field. He has published dozens of compositions, writing for the full spectrum of ensembles available in today's schools and universities. His music has been performed in the United States, Europe, South America and Japan. Pendowski’s Jazz compositions are considered to be at the forefront of the field and are performed throughout the United States, Japan and Europe. In 2003 he was commissioned by the Illinois Music Educators Association to write the Allstate Jazz composition for the State of Illinois, and in 2009 conducted the Pennsylvania Allstate Jazz Ensemble. His original arrangements for competitive marching shows have won dozens of competitions and are performed by both college and high school ensembles, including Northwestern University, University of Delaware, Southwest Missouri State and University of Colorado. He has also written original school songs for Robert Morris College and Deep Run High School.

Dr. Pendowski has worked extensively as a freelance performer, appearing with Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin, Carol Lawrence, George Shearing, Ray Charles, the Four Freshmen, and The Jazz Orchestra of America. In addition to these professional activities, he is also a member of N.A.R.A.S, and has served on its board of governors.

Last Updated: September 19, 2016