Michael Furry

Michael Scott Furry

Coordinator, Building; Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

What I do

Adjunct Faculty, Bluegrass Ensemble; Building Coordinator


Bluegrass, Guitar

Professional Biography

Michael Furry is the bluegrass ensemble director and building coordinator at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music.

In 2013, 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 guitar performance from the University of North Texas.

Furry is an experienced 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 communication outreach workshops through the Denver Public Library System. He organizes and participates in volunteer performances at the Goddard School of Early Childhood Development, performs at the Parkside Village Retirement Community and performs with his bluegrass/folk/americana group, Hilltop Harvest Band.

On top of maintaining an active performance schedule, Furry is an active competitor in guitar competitions across the country. Furry is the 2018 Utah State Instrument flat-picking champion, the 2008 Dallas Observer Music Showcase flat-picking champion, the 2018 Utah State Instrument finger-picking runner-up and the 2016 and 2017 RockyGrass flat-picking runner-up.

Furry has toured the U.S. as a guitar player for more than 15 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 Austin City Limits, South By Southwest, Wakarusa Music Festival, RockyGrass Bluegrass Festival and the Ogden Bluegrass Festival.