Michael Hernandez Saxophone Faculty

Hailed as a “World Class Performer,” by the Artist Series of Tallahassee, and “A virtuosic musician,” by the Downtown Chamber Series, Michael’s performance career has taken him all over the world. Originally from Phoenix, AZ, he has performed in concert halls throughout Germany, Switzerland, Poland, France, Austria, Italy, the UK, Holland, Canada and the United States. He has also been heard several times on NPR’s Performance Today, America’s most listened-to classical music radio show.


Michael remains extremely active as a chamber musician playing soprano saxophone in the critically acclaimed Mana Quartet, who has been featured in publications such a Chamber Music Magazine, the Saxophone Journal, and the Los Angeles Chronicle. Mana has held residencies at some of America’s most popular orchestral festivals including Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Music in the Mountains, Hot Springs Music Festival, and The National Music Festival.


In addition to his performance career, Michael is very passionate about music education and nurturing a future generation of artists. Michael has served on the faculty of Grand Canyon University, Florida State University and the State University of New York College at Fredonia he has also been invited to teach masterclasses at Universities across the US.


Michael’s pre-college students have held principle positions in the Arizona All-State Band, the Phoenix Youth Symphony, Arizona Regional Honor Bands, the West Valley Honor Band, Young Sounds of Arizona and the Greater Phoenix Honor Band. Each year Michael’s graduating senior students are awarded full ride music scholarships to the college of their choice.


Learn more about Michael by watching his Faculty Feature interview video here.