Michael Fahrner started playing euphonium at the age of ten. While attending Contoocook Valley Regional High School in Peterborough, New Hampshire he served as principal euphonium for three years to both the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. Additionally during his high school years, Michael played in several festivals including the New England Music Festival, the Monadnock Music Festival (principal player 2010-2012), and the New Hampshire All State Festival (principal player 2012). Before leaving high school, Michael played under the batons of the late Dr. George N. Parks, and Dr. James Chesebrough at Keene State College where he played in the Keene State Concert Band during the spring of his senior year. Michael took lessons from Rob Skroki for two years, also at Keene State College, before graduating high school.
Now a member of the Tuba and Euphonium Studio at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Michael is a student of Dr. John Bottomley, a founding member of the award-winning Manhattan Brass Quintet. While working towards a degree in euphonium performance, Michael is a member of the UMass Wind Ensemble, the school’s premiere wind band, under the baton of Dr. Matthew Westgate. Michael is also a member of the UMass Tuba quartet.
Michael is a dedicated advocate of the euphonium. Michael works to create awareness of the euphonium through outreach performances with the UMass Tuba Quartet, and with the creation of new works of art for the euphonium. Recently Michael commissioned and premiered “Variations on a Common Theme” for euphonium by Reneé Katherine Morgan.