Trumpeter and Bass-Baritone singer Michael Hawes hails from Detroit, MI. His original career path as a Trumpeter took a slight detour during his college years when he suffered a tear of the Orbicularis Oris muscle. Luckily this obstacle was only a slight setback and led Michael to explore other ways to express his artistry, hence his “dark side” as a singer. After a successful surgery, he has been fortunate to make a full recovery and continues full steam ahead as a trumpeter. Since his return, Michael has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Chicago's Music of the Baroque Orchestra (featured as a soloist on multiple occasions), as well as with the National Symphony of Taiwan. Most recently, Michael was offered the position of Principal Trumpet of the Sun Symphony Orchestra, a new orchestral venture in Hanoi, Vietnam. Michael has on multiple occasions been a featured soloist at the Greenlake Festival of Music in Greenlake, Wisconsin, under the direction of Stephen Alltop.  During the recent season, Michael had the perform a solo recital with his father, Bass-Trombonist Randall Hawes, as part of the Detroit Chamber Winds and strings, Nite Notes, concert series.

As a singer, Michael performs with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Grant Park Symphony Chorus and the Music of the Baroque Chorus. He was a performer with the Chicago Bach Project Chorus under the direction of Donald Nally in its final year in Chicago and has enjoyed several recent collaborations with the Chicago Opera Theater and Chorus, under the direction of Stephen Alltop. He can be heard throughout the year with Chicago's Schola Antiqua under the direction of Michael Anderson, Oak Park's Orianna Singers under the direction of Bill Chin, His Majesty's Men Male Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Richard Childress, and Chicago's Bella Voce Ensemble under the direction of Andrew Lewis. In recent months he joined the Grammy-winning Crossing Choir, under the direction of director Donald Nally, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and will be joining the Chicago A Cappella for multiple programs under the direction of Jonathan Miller. Michael joined the men of the Clarion Choir in New York City, for a performance with mega pop-star Madonna at the 2018 MET Museum Gala.

Michael serves as Bass-Singer and Trumpeter at Saint Michael's Church in Old Town, and sings and plays frequently at some of the city's most beautiful and well-established places of worship; including Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago, St. John Cantius Catholic Church, KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation in Hyde Park, Holy Name Cathedral, St. James Cathedral, to name a few.

During his spare time, on nicer days, you can find Michael in the glorious waters of Lake Michigan, and for those not so nice days, he can be found in his living room, playing through his favourite Schubert and Randy Newman lieder.

Michael performs exclusively on Mutec Mutes.


Mutec Staight Mute - MHT110 - MHT108 - MHT107 - MHT116

Mutec Cup Mute - MHT146 - MHT149

Mutec Harmon Mute - MHT123 - MHT131

Mutec Plunger - MHT260

Mutec Practice Mute - MHT161