School of Music


Michael Stryker

Dr. Michael Stryker
Office Location: 222 Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1544
Title: Associate Professor
Visit: WIU Piano

Michael Stryker is Associate Professor of Jazz Piano in the School of Music at Western Illinois University. He directs big bands and coaches jazz combos, teaches Applied Jazz Piano, Class Jazz Piano, Jazz Fundamentals, Jazz History, and is a member of the Dale Hopper Faculty Jazz Sextet. He is also on the faculty of the Birch Creek Summer Music Performance Center located in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, teaching jazz piano, coaching jazz combos, and performing with the resident faculty big band.

Dr. Stryker's doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music were completed fall of 2009 with the degree awarded spring of 2010. He began his work at Eastman in the fall of 2002 as the first full-time student in a new program, the D.M.A. in Jazz and Contemporary Media. At Eastman, he studied piano with professors Tony Caramia and Harold Danko, and jazz composition and arranging with Professor Bill Dobbins. Past degrees include a B.S. in Biology from Purdue University in 1985 and both the B.M. and M.M. in Jazz Performance from DePaul University in 1996. Previous teaching positions include Eastern Illinois University, DePaul University, and the University of California at Berkeley.

He is co-leader of a jazz quintet called Condition Blue, whose first CD, Condition Blue Live, was released January of 2007 ( He can also be heard on Roots and Branches ( with the Shirantha Beddage Quartet, and regularly performs with the Todd Kelly Quintet and many other fine musicians throughout Illinois. Recent travels have taken him to Butler University and Arizona State University for residencies, and his trio with Marlene Rosenberg (bass) and Bob Rummage (drums) was among the featured artists on the 2010 Al Sears Jazz Festival.

Dr. Stryker has also performed with Freddie Hubbard, Jim Snidero, Robin Eubanks, James Moody, John Fedchock, Kim Richmond, Clay Jenkins, Gary Foster, Bob Mintzer, and Joshua Breakstone.