Originally from Houston, Texas, MICHAEL CHISHOLM was bitten by the “ragtime bug” when he saw JoAnn Castle play on a rerun of the Lawrence Welk Show. Originally a trained flutist, he immediately took up the piano, quickly learning as many rags as he could find. Along the way, he started collecting sheet music and now has a collection of more than 20,000 sheets, roughly 10% (2,000) of which are ragtime. Michael has been featured at the West Coast Ragtime Festival and at various ragtime society performances (such as Sacramento and Orange County). In his third appearance at RagFest, he’ll be featured on solo piano, in duets with ELLIOTT ADAMS, and as the leader of the newly formed RAGFEST ENSEMBLE.