Mike Telin received his musical training at Oberlin Conservatory and made his living as a bassoonist for more than a decade. From 1990 through 2004, he served as executive director of Music and Performing Arts at Trinity Cathedral Inc. in Cleveland, managing the organization’s incorporation as a 501 (c) (3), and raising a $500,000 endowment. He also designed and executed a number of major projects including a Community Development Initiative, an International Opera Project in cooperation with the Ohio Arts Council, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the Instituto of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Additionally, he helped obtain a $1 million U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to incorporate the arts into an HIV- and STD-prevention program for at-risk youth in Cleveland.
He produced the first U.S. Tour of Tango Orquesta El Arranque (Buenos Aires) and coproduced the first Resonance: a World Music Festival (Cleveland), now an annual event.
He has served on grant-review panels for the Ohio Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, as a board member and cochair for the annual conference of the Ohio Arts Presenters Network, and as a member of the planning committee for the Arts Midwest Annual Booking Conference in Cleveland.
Telin has cotaught a public-interest research course with Mark Mattern in the political science department at Baldwin Wallace University and coauthored a number of papers with Mattern at the Midwest Political Science, American Political Science, Urban Affairs Association, and Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts conferences in Boston, Chicago, and Columbus, Ohio.