Michael Holak began playing cello in the fourth grade, beginning private lessons in high school with cellist Nancy Stokking.  In 2008, Michael graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts in Rutgers University majoring in music education, having studied with cellist Jonathan Spitz (Principal cellist of New Jersey Symphony and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra member) and has since been working in Leonia NJ, teaching strings at the elementary and middle school level.   In addition to working with string orchestras, Michael is also the director of the Leonia Limelighters, Leonia High School’s theater ensemble, and has worked with various schools and organizations as an assistant musical director and rehearsal accompanist for various productions including “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” & “Damn Yankees” (Lenape Regional Theater), “Urinetown” & “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (Leonia Limelighters), and “Bye Bye Birdie” (Leonia Summerstage).

Outside of teaching, Michael was accepted in 2010 into the Apprentice Conducting program through the New York Youth Symphony under conductor Ryan McAdams and he currently plays in the cello section of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra.  He is thrilled to be joining Alison and Julie as a member of String Theory!