Harpsichordist & Conductor, Michael Thomas Asmus, is currently studying at Stony Brook University for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Harpsichord Performance with Arthur Haas and a Master of Arts degree in Music History/Music Theory. He has been praised as a “conscientious” conductor with “a natural talent” and “a bright future” by audiences and ensembles alike. He is currently studying conducting with Tim Long at Stony Brook and has also recently studied with Twin Cities-based harpsichordist Asako Hirabayashi.
Recent musical engagements have seen him as a continuo player in many student recitals and as a student conductor and the continuo player for the annual Messiah Sing-along at the Staller Center Recital Hall at Stony Brook. Additionally, he was the assistant conductor for the 2017 Stony Brook Opera production of Benjamin Britten’s Rape of Lucretia. He will reprise his role for the Winter 2018 production of Rameau’s Pygmalion. In March 2017 he made his international debut as a harpsichordist and continuo player at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Puebla City, México playing a concert of renaissance, baroque, and classical music with cellist Eduardo Carpinteyro and violinist Saúl Rodríguez.
Since June 2011, Mr. Asmus has acted as the Music and Artistic Director of La Grande Bande, a non-profit, project-based authentic instrument orchestra and chorus he founded in the same year.
Additionally, he graduated, magna cum laude, from Gustavus Adolphus College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organ Performance and completed his Master of Music degree at Stony Brook in 2017. In July 2017, he was appointed as Organist at St. Louis de Montfort Church in Sound Beach, NY where he will assume his post at the end of August 2017.