Michael Monte, Artistic Director of the Allegro Chamber Players, received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education with emphasis on woodwind performance from the University of Lowell in 1981 with graduate studies at Rhode Island College. While at Lowell, he studied woodwinds with Professor Anthony Fullginitti, Professor David Martins, and Professor Donald Bravo. Michael is currently on the Adjunct Faculty of the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth Music Department.

Michael's performance credentials include performing on stage in the orchestras of Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Robert Goulet, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Connie Francis, Maureen McGovern, Rita Moreno, Milton Berle, Bernadette Peters, and Al Martino. Michael has performed professionally in Hawaii, Utah, Toronto Canada, Azores Portugal, plus all of the New England States.

In addition to being the Artistic Director of the Allegro Chamber Players, Michael is currently a member of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra's woodwind section. His other local performances have been with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Southeastern Massachusetts Pops Orchestra, Fall River Symphony, New Bedford Symphony, Marion Concert Band, plus various professional performances at the Providence Performing Arts Center, Tanglewood (Lennox, MA), Veterans Memorial Auditorium (Providence), Warwick Theater, Plymouth Memorial Hall, Barnstable Performing Arts Center, Ziterion Theater (New Bedford, MA), and Great Woods (Mansfield, MA). Michael is an active freelance performer throughout the Greater New England area specializing in Woodwind Performance.

Aside from Michael's weekly educational/performance schedule, he keeps an active schedule of studio lessons providing woodwind instruction. His private students have consistently auditioned successfully for: Massachusetts Music Educator's Association's Junior, Senior District Festivals plus All State Festivals, Rhode Island Music Educator Association's Junior and Senior All State Festivals, All New England Festival, and Eastern Music Festival. From 1982 through 1996, Michael was an adjudicator for the M. M. E. A.'s Southeastern Massachusetts Junior and Senior District Festivals plus the R. I. M. E. A. Junior and Senior All State Festivals. Michael's Educational Conducting credits include Guest Conductor for the Upper Connecticut Valley Junior Band Festival (Chester, VT) and the R.I.M.E.A. Junior All State Jazz Band (East Providence, RI).