Tuba player and entrepreneur, Michael S. Milnarik. was born in New York City, grew up in a small Pennsylvania town, and has made the Boston, Massachusetts area his home for almost three decades. He has performed in various parts of the United States, Canada, Italy and Japan. He received a Master of Music degree from Boston University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.
Michael has performed with the Springfield Symphony, Boston Ballet Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Portland Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the Key West Symphony, and many other orchestras throughout northern New England. In addition, he performs regularly with chamber groups, new music ensembles, world music groups, jazz ensembles and Dixieland bands. As a soloist he has commissioned and premiered almost 30 new works for solo tuba; tuba and piano; tuba and orchestra; and tuba and band. He is a member of the Milnarik Brass, Innovata Brass, Keys & Brass, Dr. Fidgety Dixieland Jazz Band, Brass Planet, Toobis Groovis and the Cosmopolitan Tuba Quartet. He is also in demand as a session musician - having recorded with brass quintets; orchestras; wind ensembles; tuba quartets; contemporary music ensembles; jazz and Dixieland groups; on novelty recordings; children's albums; and on pop albums.
As a passionate teacher, Michael is the tuba and euphonium instructor at Tufts University. Previously he was the tuba and euphonium instructor at the University of Southern Maine, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Brandeis University, the Lexington (MA) Public Schools. Anna Maria College and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has also been the tuba, euphonium and music business/industry instructor at Salem State University, and the low brass (including trombone) instructor at Bloomsburg University and the College of Saint Rose.
Outside of these institutions Michael has a select private teaching studio and is the founder/director of the Milnarik Music Initiative for Performance, Education and Business. (MMI) The MMI - Tuba Euphonium Academy (formerly the Cosmopolitan Tuba Euphonium Workshop) is a non-competitive summer camp for high school, college and adult age participants geared toward enhancing the current level of each individual participant. In July of 2019, the academy celebrated 12 successful seasons!
In BUSINESS Michael is the founder, president and senior booking agent of MSM Music Service, a company that researches performance opportunities, develops artists, negotiates performer fees, provides musician contracting services, and manages high level musical talent. He is also the owner and manager of TubaStudio.com, an online retail store that carries sheet music, recordings, quality pre-owned instruments and accessories.
Michael has arranged numerous works for brass quintet, has served on the board of the New England Philharmonic as both a board member and as president of the orchestra, and has been a consultant for a number of non-profit organizations. 2017 was Michael's 12th year and final year of involvement with the Boston Tuba Christmas - his first 2 years as guest conductor and the next 10 years as the coordinator/conductor of the event.
Michael is extremely grateful to - his primary teachers Richard E. Martin, Donald A. Stanley, and J. Samuel Pilafian; to those that he received additional instruction from - David Unland, Stephen P. McEuen, John Manning, Roger Bobo, Jay Krush, Warren Deck, Lance Nagels, and Chester Schmitz; and to countless others that he has learned from, supported him, and who have helped him in one way or another over the course of his career.
Michael has recorded on the Stillwater Digital, Lami Musicworks, and Albany Records labels.
Anna Maria College
Castleton State College
College of Saint Rose
East Stroudsburg University
Eastman School of Music
Fitchburg State University
Framingham State University
Franklin Pierce College
Lock Haven University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Missouri State University
Montclair State University
New England Conservatory
Plymouth State University
Saint Anselm College
Salem State University
University of Maine - Fort Kent
University of Maine - Orono
University of Maine - Presque Isle
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
University of New Hampshire
University of North Georgia
University of Rhode Island
University of Scranton
University of Southern Maine - Gorham
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Worcester Polytechnic Institute