College of Fine Arts and Design


Dr. Michael T. Geib

Assistant Professor of Bass

Dr. Michael Geib, double bassist, composer, and pedagogue, joined the faculty at the University of Central Oklahoma School of Music in 2010.  He has also taught at Florida State University, Oklahoma Christian University, Edmond North High School, and the Quartz Mountain Music Festival.  He is committed to teaching bassists to be versed in all types of music, with his doctoral treatise focusing on teaching improvisation to orchestral double bass players.  His principal teachers have included Melanie Punter, Rodney Jordan, Ian Bracchitta, and Delbert Felix.

As a symphonic musician, Dr. Geib has performed in professional orchestras in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and South Carolina.  Currently he is the principal bassist of the Enid Symphony Orchestra and Edmond Chamber Orchestra, as well as a member of the Wichita Grand Opera Orchestra and the Colorado Mahlerfest Orchestra.  He has performed on multiple recordings for the Naxos Label, including Ellen Taafe Zwilich: Millennium Fantasy, Images, Peanuts Gallery in 2009, where he was principal bassist and a featured soloist.  He has performed in festivals internationally, including the Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, Florida and the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.  He has also been featured on a number of radio broadcasts, including Performance Today on American Public Media and Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know? on National Public Radio.

As a jazz musician, Dr. Geib has performed with Dave Douglas, Kenny Garrett, Jerry Tachoir, John Fedchock, Marcus Roberts, Jason Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Walt Weiskopf, Martin Bejerano, and Paul McKee, among others.  He has frequently performed at The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island, recognized by Downbeat Magazine as one of the “150 Great Jazz Venues of the World.”  Internationally, he has performed in such clubs as The Music Village in Brussels, Belgium.  Currently, he performs with the Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra, Edmond Jazz Orchestra, and various other groups in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.  He is also an active jazz composer, having written original music for productions and festivals in Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.  

An active theatre orchestra musician, Dr. Geib has performed in the musicals Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes, Spring Awakening, Beauty and the Beast, South Pacific, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, The Last Five Years, Little Shop of Horrors, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and Big River, among others.  He has performed in multiple premieres, including Gibson and Staskel’s i.d. in 2010 and Broadway Tonight’s Flipside: The Patti Page Story in 2011.  He also performs regularly for the Lyric Theater of Oklahoma.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
The thing I enjoy more than anything about my work is sharing the gift of music with students.  I constantly have to remind myself of how cool it is that playing music is my job, and I have the privilege of teaching others about this tremendous art form.  There is nothing more satisfying than witnessing students accomplish their goals after years of dedicated practice.

Who has most influenced you? Why?
My most important musical influence was my bass teacher Delbert Felix.  A former member of the Brandford Marsalis Quartet, I began studying with Mr. Felix at the age of nineteen.  Until that point, I firmly believed that my musical success was limited by my natural ability.  However, Mr. Felix unlocked my potential by teaching me how to practice, as well as how to be a good musical colleague.  Without him I would not be a musician, and I am eternally grateful that he took the time to teach me.  

Name a play, production, film, recording, book, or composition that has influenced you and that you would recommend to others. Share why you have made this decision.
To this day, one of my favorite movies is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  Not only did I name my first dog Indy, I feel the movie teaches important lessons about hard work and persistence, helping family and friends in times of need, and making smart life choices.  As said in the film, it is important to "choose wisely."

What is something unexpected about you?
I am an avid snow skier.  Growing up in upstate New York, I spent several years on the Racing Team at Thunder Ridge Mountain, and try to make it to New Mexico, Colorado, or Utah at least a couple times a year for a ski trip.

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BA Music & BA Spanish
Clemson University

MM String Performance & MM Jazz Studies
Florida State University

DM String Performance
Florida State University

CGS/Proquest Distinguished Dissertation Award Finalist
Summa Cum Laude Graduate of the Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University
Summa Cum Laude Graduate of Florida State University College of Music
Eagle Scout Award

Classical & Jazz Double Bass
Jazz Ensemble IV
Jazz Repertory Combo I
String Pedagogy
String Techniques
Jazz & Commercial Music Arranging
Music Theory

Enid Symphony Orchestra
Edmond Chamber Orchestra
Wichita Grand Opera Orchestra
Westminster Orchestra
Colorado Mahlerfest Orchestra
Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra
Edmond Jazz Orchestra
5th Street Jazz Collective
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Broadway Tonight

International Society of Bassists
American String Teachers Association
Pi Kappa Lambda
American Federation of Musicians - OKC Local