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Retirement Announcement

After 44 years as a software engineer, I have decided to retire soon after my 65th birthday. My last day at MakeMusic will be Friday, January 6, 2023. At that time, I will step down from being co-chair of the W3C Music Notation Community Group, while remaining a group member.

The second half of my career has been spent in music notation software. I founded Recordare in 2000 to develop the MusicXML music notation standard, and MakeMusic acquired Recordare’s assets in 2011.

I envisioned Recordare as an Internet music publishing company. It didn’t get there on its own, but that is what we have today with the combination of MakeMusic and Alfred in Peaksware Music Brands. Meanwhile, the W3C Music Notation Community Group has provided an excellent organizational home for the MusicXML standard.

We will be discussing plans for future leadership of the W3C Music Notation Community Group at our annual meeting on September 15. I hope to see many of you there.

4 Responses to Retirement Announcement

  • Matthew Dougherty

    Thank you Michael for your service to the music notation community, your work made a difference.


  • All the best on the next leg of your journey, Michael!

    I encounter examples of the positive impact of your work every single day, while working on MuseScore.


  • Hi Michael, Thanks for all your help when I was adopting MusicXML support in my software Mozart. Have a very happy retirement!

    Dave Webber


  • Cecilio Salmeron

    Thank you very much for the excellent work done, and for always being willing to answer questions and doubts. My best wishes for this new stage that you are about to begin. Cheers


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