Michael Wilhite began his musical training on the classical guitar, studying under Reed Gilchrist, Howard Heitmeyer, Joseph Trotter and pianist Conrad Bruderer. An interest Renaissance and Baroque music led him to the lute family, which he plays both as solo and continuo instuments. He also plays the viola da gamba and has studied with Joanna Blendulf and Craig Trompeter.
Mr. Wilhite is an accomplished luthier; Wildwood Consort programs feature lutes, viols and other instruments of his construction. Teachers and influences in luthiery include Sidney Greenstein, Albert Fischer, Robert Lundberg and Jesse Wells. Currently he is completing a French double harpsichord.
He has collaborated with many Northwest musicians and groups, but Mr. Wilhite’s first love is the Wildwood Consort which he founded in 2008. As director he enjoys the freedom to explore less frequented areas of music literature, to build programs around interesting themes, and to work closely with a congenial group of skilled musicians.