Michael Fahrner (he/him) is a passionate euphonium artist and dedicated pedagogue based in Philadelphia, PA. Michael serves as Adjunct Professor of Euphonium at Rowan University, low brass faculty of Rowan Community Music School, and Assistant Director of the Atlantic Youth Brass Band. Michael is also on the brass faculty of Settlement Music School’s Music Education Pathways program and maintains a private studio virtually and around Philadelphia.
Michael received his Bachelor of Music in Euphonium Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied with Dr. John Bottomley, and earned his Master of Music in Euphonium Performance from Georgia State University, where he studied with Eric Bubazc and Dr. William Mann. Michael was also a longtime student of Dr. Adam Frey, international euphonium soloist.
Michael performs regularly with and has been a featured soloist with the Atlantic Brass Band, a North American Brass Band Association Championship Ensemble. An avid chamber musician, Michael performs with the Legato Pesante Tuba Quartet. Previously, Michael performed with The Philadelphia Wind Symphony and the Novi Duo. Michael has competed internationally at the South East Tuba Euphonium Conference and at the Lieksa Brass Week in Lieska, Finland.
As a relentless advocate for the euphonium Michael actively commissions new and adventurous works for the euphonium. Commissions include Bryan Wysocki’s Plato’s Cave, for solo euphonium and prepared euphonium and piano and Ivan Markovik’s Calling, Thinking, Partying for euphonium and flute duo.
As an administrator, Michael serves as the festival chair for the Mid-Atlantic Brass Band Festival, hosting 200+ participants for a two-day British brass band festival. Previously, Michael worked at SchoolofBrass.com, an online brass education community that hosted masterclasses and live streams with top international brass artists, the International Euphonium Tuba Conference, and the Atlanta Homeward Choir.
Follow along with Michael on Instagram as @mikeplayseuph or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MikeFahrnerEuph