Michael Culligan was appointed Associate Principal Percussionist of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras by Louis Langree in 2015, Michael is from Glen Ellyn, Illinois. After receiving a Bachelors in Science in Music Education from Duquesne University where he studied with Pittsburgh Symphony percussionists Chris Allen and Andrew Reamer, Michael earned his Master of Music at Temple University under the tutelage of Alan Abel, Chris Deviney, and Angie Nelson. Following post-graduate work with Jeremy Branson and Ed Stephan at Duquesne, Michael was appointed 2nd percussion in the West Virginia Symphony and Canton Symphony. From 2010-2015, he performed as a regular extra in the Pittsburgh Symphony, including several tours with performances at Carnegie Hall, the BBC Proms, and the Berlin Philharmonie, among others.