Michael Furry

Michael Furry

Adjunct Faculty, Bluegrass Ensemble & Building Coordinator

What I do

Adjunct Faculty, Bluegrass Ensemble; Staff, Building Coordinator


Bluegrass, Guitar

Professional Biography

Michael Furry graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he received a masters in music theory. He also holds a bachelor of arts in music from the University of North Texas.

Michael is an educator at both the undergraduate and graduate level. He has established relationships in the non-profit community of Denver, including Swallow Hill Music, by assisting with their outreach workshops through the Denver Public Library System. He organizes and participates in volunteer performances at the Goddard School of Early Childhood Development and Parkside Village Retirement Community. He also performs with his bluegrass/folk/americana group, Hilltop Harvest Band, and performs with the americana group, Ms. Amy and the Jet Set.

On top of maintaining an active performance schedule, Michael is an active competitor in guitar competitions across the country. Michael is the 2018 Utah State Instrument flat-picking champion, and the 2023 RockyGrass flat-picking champion.

Michael has toured the U.S. as a guitar player for more than 20 years and has opened for some of the biggest names in the industry including: Grammy award-winning artist Snarky Puppy, Rebirth Brass Band, The Motet, and Cornmeal. Performance highlights include: Wakarusa Music Festival, Evergreen Bluegrass Festival, Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival, Ullrgrass, and an annual spot at the Denver Christkindl Market.