Michael is an educator, audio engineer, and guitarist who maintains a diverse and rewarding career in the world of music. As an active performer, studio engineer, producer, and live engineer, Michael has experienced the industry from both sides of the recording studio glass, and offers this unique perspective in the training of his students.
Caporizzo holds a Master of Music degree in Guitar Performance as well as a Bachelor of Music in Sound Recording Technology from Ithaca College. His principle instructors have included Alex Perialas, Dr. Pablo Cohen, Dr. Jeremy Harting, Dr. Steve Brown, and Jason Vieaux. While earning his Masters, he served as a graduate teaching assistant for two years, as well as a sabbatical-replacement instructor for one semester of music technology courses. In 2013, he was honored to become an instructor with the SRT program, which had previously given him an unrivaled quality of education.
Michael has had the privilege to work in studios and live music venues across the country. As a live engineer, he has provided support to Frankie Valli, B.o.B., Pitbull, Third Eye Blind, The Roots, Johnny Mathis, REO Speedwagon, Molly Hatchet, and many others. As a recording engineer, he has worked with a diverse array of musicians, including Samite Mulondo, Roberto Sierra, Pablo Cohen, Aaron Tindall, Chico Hamilton, and Dick Hyman. Large ensemble recording credits include the Cornell Orchestra, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, IC Wind Ensemble, IC Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, and the IC Jazz Ensemble. He has also recorded many other regional bands, solo artists, and members of the IC and Cornell faculty. Michael also continues to perform regularly and can frequently be heard collaborating with IC faculty and student ensembles, as well as regional performers and musical theater orchestras.
He is currently teaching Survey of the History of Recorded Music, Class Guitar, Recording Workshops, Advanced Microphone Labs, as well as assisting with various operations within Ithaca College's Recording Services Program. He strives to instill in his students the mastery of fundamental concepts, keen problem-solving skills, and collaborative skills which are so crucial in today's ever-demanding and constantly evolving music industry.