Michelle Ende' was born in Chicago in 1955 to two second generation Americans, whose ancestry is traceable to Romania and Bulgaria. Michelle Ende' began her studies in piano and organ at the age of seven at Hoffman Studios in Chicago. She continued her training in Theater Organ style with the late Al Melgard. Dr. Ende' was trained in Orchestration, Harmony, Theory, and Composition at the Lane Preparatory School in Chicago and continued her studies in classical pipe organ technique at Sherwood Conservatory of Music. Dr. Ende' holds a Doctoral degree from the University of Sarasota in International Economics and Finance, with an MBA in general management. Dr. Ende' has been composing since the age of sixteen, but her greatest body of work has been in the last ten years.
The Bay Area Philharmonic was formed in 2002 through the efforts of Simon Parsons and Michelle Ende'. The purpose of the organization's formation was to provide a technically proficient, all-volunteer orchestra for the recording of orchestral works by composers from the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg Bay Area. The orchestra is made up of seasoned, aspiring, professional and non-professional musicians who are dedicated to the art of studio performance in first and second readings of new works.
Simon Parsons is a graduate of the Columbia School of Music. The Bay Area Philharmonic is Mr. Simon's first engagement and it is under his vision and guidance that the orchestra has grown to the size and proficiency that it has. Mr. Parsons has taken the orchestra to new levels of skill under his tutelage.
The Bay Area Chamber Works was formed recently to capture performances of chamber works by local area composers. Stopping By Woods was one of the first recordings put together by The Works and since the release of this recording last Christmas (2008), they have recorded several other sets of chamber works by Michelle Ende'. They have yet to release these albums.