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Department of Music, Multimedia, Theatre & Dance

Faculty - Michael Bacon

Photo of Michael Bacon  Phone: 718-960-8249
  Office: Music Building, Room 310
  Office Hours: Tu, Th 5:15-5:45 by appointment
  Rank: Associate Professor
  Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.S., Lehman College

Michael Bacon has been a Distinguished Lecturer at Lehman College since 2009.  In 2016 he was appointed an Associate Professor of Music.  Michael Bacon’s recent projects include the original score for “The Words That Built America” for HBO, the ongoing “Finding Your Roots” hosted by Henry Lewis Gates (an eight year PBS Series).  Also, “The Man Nobody Knew” (feature documentary), and “Underfire,” a 2016 release for HBO, were scored by Bacon.

Bacon won an Emmy for his score “The Kennedys,” an Ace Award nomination for his score “The Man Who Loved Sharks,” the BMI Television Music Award and The Chicago International Film Festival Gold Plaque Award for music in “LBJ.” Shows he has scored have won numerous Emmy Awards and three Academy Awards (“The Johnstown Flood,” “A Time For Justice” and “King Gimp”). Jerry Lee Lewis, Carlene Carter, Peter Yarrow and Claude Francois are just a few of the artists that have recorded songs written by Bacon. He and his brother, Kevin, perform music live as “The Bacon Brothers.” They released their eighth CD in the summer of 2014.

Bacon has a degree in music from Lehman College where he studied composition and orchestration with John Corigliano.  He is currently orchestrating his “Eidolons-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra."  He lives in New York City with his wife, Betsy, and enjoys sailing.

Selected Publications and Works

  • Original score for “The Words That Built America” for HBO (July 4th 2017)
  • “Underfire,” a 2016 release for HBO
  • “Finding Your Roots” hosted by Henry Lewis Gates (an eight year PBS Series)
  • “The Man Nobody Knew” (feature documentary)
  • “Underfire,” a 2016 release for HBO
    Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra 2016