SJCO Creative Consultant Michael Touchi's most recent work, Gallarda, was commissioned and premiered by SJCO early in 2014. Written for pianist Jon Nakamatsu and clarinetist Jon Manasse. Gallarda was reviewed as a “work of dancing lyricism”-”exciting”. Other popular works written for SJCO include Kahea, Tango Barroco, Nocturn, and Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings. He has several choral works published, and a recording of his brass quintet Chorea Solis was recently released by the St. Louis Low Brass Collective. A pianist and woodwind doubler, his professional affiliations include Symphony Silicon Valley, Opera San José, West Bay Opera, TheatreWorks, and Best of Broadway San Francisco. He can be heard on the Broadway revival cast album of A Chorus Line, Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohéme, George Stiles’ The 3 Musketeers, and has a CD of compositions featuring commissioned works by SJCO. A native of San José, he received his B.A. in music performance from SJSU where he studied bassoon with Vernon Read and composition with Brent Heisinger.