Music Director, Conductor and Co-Founder of Cappella Cantorum, Barry B. Asch is a native of the Nutmeg State and graduated with a master of music education degree from Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. He has attended workshops with Robert Shaw, Howard Swan, Michael Korn, and Sir David Willcocks and has studied voice with Martha Oneppo, Martha King, Edward Hull, William Diard, Leighton Phraner and currently with Patricia Schuman.
Barry served as music department chairman at Valley Regional High School, Deep River, Connecticut, where he taught for 31 years. Barry was choir director at the First Congregational Church in Essex for 45 years and taught workshops in vocal production and performance for Elderhostel.
He has conducted enthusiastically received performances with the Cappella Cantorum International Tour Chorus performing in Belgium, England, Austria, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Czech Republic, Hungary, France, and Spain. During the summer of 2000, he was part of the Conductors Master Class with Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival and a participating conductor in the Dennis Keene Choral Festival at the Kent School in Connecticut. He created the Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus in 1977 and began the SummerSings Series in 1987.
Professional organizations include the American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, National Educators Association, and past board member of the Association of Connecticut Choruses.
In 2007, Barry received the Shoreline Arts Association Achievement Award for significant and ongoing cultural contribution to the Shoreline Community.
Barry is married to Wilma Brewer Asch who served as Executive Director of Cappella Cantorum for its first seventeen years. They reside in Old Saybrook.
Barry may be contacted at Director@CappellaCantorum.org or 860-577-2950.