Mike Christiansen is Professor Emeritus in the Music Department at Utah State University. Mike founded the guitar program at USU and was Director of Guitar Studies at USU for 39 years. In 1994, he was selected as Professor Of The Year at Utah State University. In December of 2012, Mike was selected as one of the U.S. Carnegie Professors of the Year. In that same year, he was selected as the USU Caine College of the Arts Professor of the Year. In 2013, he was invited to be a TED speaker.
Mike is currently the Director of Curroiculum and co-owner of Cponsonus Music. He averages over 80 performances annually as a soloist, with the group Mirage, and with the Lightwood Duo (a clarinet-guitar duo which has released six recordings). He is the author and/or co-author of 44 books. Mike has performed with many artists including: Jack Petersen, Glen Frey (the Eagles), Joe Diorio, Tommy Emmanuel, Jose Posadas, Johnny Hilland, Natalie Cole, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Sutton Foster, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Alfie Boe. Mike has endorsements with D’Addario/Plant Waves and Teton Guitars.