Michael Isaacson earned his doctorate in composition at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Warren Benson and Samuel Adler. He then taught and conducted at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and in California at Loyola Marymount, California State University at Long Beach, and U.C.L.A. He also founded the Israel Pops Orchestra and has produced and conducted various recordings with them as well as other orchestras. Well known as a composer of both liturgical and secular Jewish music, Isaacson has published more than 400 works and produced more than forty recordings.
Special recognition is due composer Michael Isaacson who served as a catalyst to the Archive's creation, and collaborated with the Milken Family Foundation in its work during the Archive's early years.