Born in Kelowna, British Columbia, Michael Dirk began his musical studies studies at the age of six, learning piano with Carl Montgomery at the Langley Community Music School. He continued his studies in music at the University of British Columbia with organists Dr. Joyce Jones, Ed Norman and Denis Bédard, where he received a Bachelor of Music in Performance in 2004. In addition to the organ, he also studied conducting under Bruce Pullan.

In 2004 Michael traveled to Europe to study the Cavaillé-Coll organs in Paris, and additionally had the opportunity to perform on a number of other renowned organs, including those located in Blenheim Palace (UK) and St. Thomaskirche (Germany). Returning to Vancouver, Michael released his first CD, OrganBlaster!, which has been broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio 2 network.

Michael then proceeded to earn his Masters' degree in Organ Performance at the University of Rice, Texas, in 2009, studying with Dr. Clyde Holloway, for whom he also served as graduate assistant. While at Rice, Michael continued his studies in conducting with Bob Simpson, Christie Marceleru and Dr. Scott Goble, and studied voice with noted Australian soprano Susan Dunn.

As an active performer, clinician, adjudicator, conductor and composer/arranger, Michael continues to keep a busy schedule. He has performed at the 2008 Association of Anglican Musicians conference, the 2010 Royal Canadian College of Organists’ Pipes around the Pacific International Convention, the 2010 Olympic organ recital series at Christ Church Cathedral, the 2011 Health for Humanity benefit concert at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church with pianists Robert Silverman and Chris Gestrin, the 2012 MusicFest Vancouver Summer Festival, and alongside maestro Bramwell Tovey for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s celebration of the Orpheum Theatre’s 85th anniversary.

Michael has served as music director to congregations at Faith Lutheran in Surrey, BC, Zion Lutheran in Tomball, TX, Holy Trinity Anglican in Vancouver, BC, and the Tzu-Chi Foundation Children’s Chorus (also in Vancouver), in addition to three seasons with the Rice Light Opera Society, two seasons with the UBC Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and the North Shore Light Opera. He also currently serves as an executive member for the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, Music Director at St. John’s Shaughnessy Anglican Church, and for four years he has been clinician for Carillon Music’s Church Musician’s Summer Institute, held every August for pianists interested in organ studies.

Michael is currently recording his next CD, OrganMaster!, and teaching over 400 beginning band students with the Vancouver School Board. While away from the organ bench, Michael keeps his feet moving across ballroom dance floors with his wife, percussionist Annabelle Ip.