Michael Trew has wide performing and composing experience in a variety of musical genres, including rock, classical, jazz, and the healing arts. He began studying Composition with Cortland Hultberg at UBC, graduating with a BMus in 1972. Subsequently he obtained a Professional Teaching Certificate (1976) before returning to obtain a Master's (1980) and Doctorate (1986) in Music Composition. His teachers included Stephen Chatman, Paul Reale, and Elaine Barkin. Currently Michael teaches piano, theory, history, and composition privately, is a performer, and accompanies vocal artists in Vancouver. Original works have most recently been performed by Adrian Verdejo, Tom Shorthouse, Michael Murray, The Erato Ensemble, Turning Point Ensemble, Jeremy Berkman and Dave Thomas, Nu:BC, and The Ad Mare Wind Quintet. In the summer of 2018 Michael co-wrote an art song with poet Janet Rogers which was performed by vocalist Dorothea Hayley and pianist Rachel Iwaasa.