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. As a conductor, he has been praised as a “conscientious [conductor]” with “a natural talent” and “a bright future” by audiences and ensembles alike. His continuo playing has been called “excellent.” He is consistently lauded by his colleagues as a great musical collaborator.
Recent musical engagements have seen him as a participant as a guest musician with the Rose Ensemble and as a conductor at the International Conducting Workshop and Festival in Lviv Ukraine where he led the Lviv Philharmonic in concert. He frequently plays continuo in many student recitals and he has been a student conductor and the continuo player for the annual Messiah Sing-along at the Staller Center Recital Hall at Stony Brook.
He was the assistant conductor for the 2017 Stony Brook Opera production of Benjamin Britten’s Rape of Lucretia and the 2018 Stony Brook Opera/Stony Brook Baroque Players production of Rameau’s Pygmalion. He made his international debut as a harpsichordist and continuo player in March 2017 at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Ciudad de Puebla, México playing a concert of Renaissance-, Baroque-, and Classical-era music with cellist Eduardo Carpinteyro and violinist Saúl Rodríguez.
He is a 2009 graduate of Sibley East and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College (magna cum laude) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organ Performance. He completed his Master of Music degree at Stony Brook in 2017. In July 2017, he was appointed as Organist at St. Louis de Montfort RC Church in Sound Beach, NY.
Upcoming 2019 engagements include a tour with The Rose Ensemble, an educational program with his orchestra La Grande Bande, and assistant conducting a production of Cavalli’s La Callisto at Opera NEO (where he will also be a member of the faculty). Since June 2011, Michael has acted as the Music and Artistic Director of La Grande Bande, a non-profit, period instrument orchestra and chorus he founded in the same year.
Michael is also a founding partner for Agricultural Innovations, LLC a family-owned organic fertilizer business based in Minnesota. You can find out more by visiting www.highislandorganics.com or finding us on Facebook @HighIslandOrganics.
To learn more about Michael, visit his website at www.michaelthomasasmus.com.