- J. William Fulbright Fellowship, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2008–09
- MM, computer music and saxophone performance, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, 2007
- BM, saxophone performance, Louisiana State University, 2005
Michael Straus joined the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in July 2013, after serving as operations director at Other Minds in San Francisco, where he produced the “premier new music festival on the West Coast” (L.A. Times) and led large-scale collaborations with Cal Performances, the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, SFJazz, and Djerassi Resident Artists Program.
Active as a saxophonist and frequent guest lecturer, Straus has performed and presented his work on music, technology, and interdisciplinary arts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth, the University of Virginia, Brown, Amsterdam's STEIM, Stanford, the University of Michigan, Yale’s Music & Technology Lab, and the University of California at Berkeley, among others.
He is the recipient of a Creative Arts Grant from the American-Scandinavian Foundation (Oslo) and a J. William Fulbright Fellowship, Amsterdam.