Boston tuba player Michael S. Milnarik was born in New York City and grew up in a small Pennsylvania town. He has performed in various parts of the United States, Canada, Italy and Japan. He received a Masters of Music degree from Boston University and a Bachelors of Music degree from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.
He has performed with most of the orchestras in northern New England, the Albany Symphony, the Key West Symphony, as well as with ensembles ranging from new music to jazz, and as a soloist. He is a member of the Milnarik Brass, Innovata Brass, Brass Sect, Keys & Brass, Dr. Fidgety Dixieland Jazz Band, Brass Planet, Toobis Groovis and the Cosmopolitan Tuba Quartet. He is also in demand as a session tuba player – having recorded with brass quintets; orchestras; 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 and Brandeis Universities. Previously he was the tuba and euphonium instructor at the University of Southern Maine, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, 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.
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 2017, the academy celebrated 11 successful years!
In BUSINESS Michael is the founder, president and senior booking agent of MSM Music Service, a company based in Boston, Massachusetts that researches performance opportunities, develops artists, negotiates performer fees and manages high level musical talent. He is also the owner and manager of TubaStudio.com, a web store that carries sheet music, compact discs, instruments and accessories. TubaStudio.com was opened to help other tuba players by offering free resources, making commonly used educational materials and supplies readily available, and providing quality pre-owned instruments.
In addition, he 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 is Michael’s 12th year of involvement with the Boston Tuba Christmas – his first 2 years as guest conductor and the last 10 years as the coordinator/conductor of the event.
Michael has recorded on the Stillwater Digital, Lami Musicworks, and Albany Records labels.