Michael Taylor is an instructor with an extensive performance background. He is currently the principal tuba with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra (N.C.) and performs with Furman's Faculty Brass Quintet. He also performs with the Western Piedmont, Brevard and Asheville Symphony orchestras as a substitute.

Prior to obtaining those roles, Taylor performed with the Owensboro (Ky.), Richmond (Ind.), Bloomington Camerata (Ind.), and Columbus (Ind.) orchestras. He also played with Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band, Harvey Phillips Tuba Company, Harvey Phillips Tuba Santas, the Unifour Brass Ensemble, and the Smoky Mountain Brass Band. He has toured across the United States and performed on NPR as well as local radio and television broadcasts.

Along with his role at Furman, Taylor serves on the faculty at Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he teaches low brass and coaches the tuba/euphonium ensemble.

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Survey of the musical literature of a particular performance area. Students (typically performance majors) channel their research and study toward their own performance specialty and survey the general body of compositions written for that medium

First and foremost, I want to produce musicians, not low brass players. Music is the highest artistic form of self-expression and my expectation for students is to be able to communicate these ideas and feelings without hesitation or self-doubt. I ask students what their goal is for a life in music and we set a course of diverse professional development tailored to that individual. The most important lesson I learned from my music mentor and the one idea I regularly try to instill in my students is a positive attitude.

  • Recipient, William Bell Memorial Scholarship, Indiana University (2001-2002)
  • Recipient, IU School of Music Graduate Division Award (2001-2003)
  • Winner, North Greenville (SC) College Chamber Music Competition, WCU Tuba/ Euphonium Quartet (2000)
  • Semi-Finalist, Southeast Region MTNA Collegiate Solo Brass Competition (2000)
  • Winner, North Carolina MTNA Collegiate Solo Brass Competition (1999)
  • Winner, North Carolina MTNA Collegiate Chamber Music Competition (1999)
  • Winner, Western Carolina Civic Orchestra Solo Competition (1997)
  • Winner, North Carolina MTNA Collegiate Chamber Music Competition (1996)
  • Runner-Up, North Carolina MTNA Collegiate Solo Brass Competition (1996)
  • Gulley Music Award, Western Carolina University (1995-2000)
  • Lenoir-Rhyne College Honors Recital (1995)
  • St. Cecilia Music Club Scholarship, Lenoir-Rhyne College (1994-1995)
Indiana University
Western Carolina University
Training Under
Harvey G. Phillips and Daniel T. Perantoni
Indiana University
Kenneth R. Kroesche
Oakland University (Mich.)

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