Percussionist, Educator, Composer, Clinician, Adjudicator

Dr. Michelle Colton is a versatile musician. Her debut album, Unpredictable Nature was 
produced by Ray Dillard. She received her 
Doctor of Musical Arts degree in percussion 
from the University of Toronto and currently 
serves as the Chapter President of the Ontario
 Percussive Arts Society. Dr. Colton has performed throughout North America, Asia, and Central America as a guest artist. She was a percussion instructor for the Iowa Ambassadors of Music tours in Europe. She often plays with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, and 
has performed with NEXUS and Dame Evelyn 
Glennie. She has directed the 
University of Toronto Steel Pan Ensemble. 
She currently teaches in the Percussion 
Preparatory Department at the University of 
Toronto. She is also a Steel Pan Instructor in the Toronto District School Board, and a Percussion and Steel Pan 
Instructor at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Dr. Colton endorses Adams/Pearl Percussion, 
Dream Cymbals and Gongs, and the Steelpan Store.


Michelle Colton is a brilliant, conscientious, and versatile performer. A dedicated practitioner of contemporary music, she is able to articulate the composer's vision with integrity and grace while allowing her own rich, nuanced sensibilities to guide her interpretation. She is a spirited collaborator with a rare passion for exploring the unknown. I would compose for her again in a heartbeat 

-Kevin Lau (Composer)