Michelle is a graduate of the University of Oregon and the former Director of the University of Oregon Vocal Jazz Ensembles. She is a past winner of the Oregon Jazz Society's Best New Jazz vocalist award. She has been performing at festivals, clubs and concerts for many years, including numerous jazz festivals such as The Eugene Celebration, The Oregon Coast Jazz & Blues Festival , Bend's Summer & Winter Festivals & The Sisters Jazz Festival. She works as a studio musician singing radio jingles & teaches privately. Her discography includes Watercolor Music & Blue Vista. She performs with several progressive bands, including Blue Vista, The Michelle Van Handel Quintet; The Groove Merchants, Cascade Brass; and 5 Bones & Rhythm.