Michelle Horsley is an organist, pianist, composer, conductor, educator, and collaborative artist. She has been honored to serve as the full-time Director of Music at South Church and the Artistic Director of the Music Series as of September, 2018 and she holds degrees in Organ Performance (B.M., Stetson University) and Sacred Music (M.M., Duquesne University), where she studied under Dr. Boyd Jones and Dr. Ann Labounsky. Michelle is originally from St. Petersburg, FL but recently lived in Seattle where she worked downtown as Organist of Seattle First Baptist Church, as well as being a frequent area recitalist, board member of the AGO Seattle/Tacoma Chapter, and the pianist for Diverse Harmony (the nation's first and largest LGBTQ youth choir). Michelle also has a passion for language and has been fortunate to have studied abroad in Germany, Mexico, and Spain.
Sarah Asmar joined The Music Series as Managing Director at the start of the 2018-2019 season. As a vocalist, she was hailed for “her radiant and robust singing” by the Washington Post and given praise for “her crystalline soprano” by The Minneapolis Star Tribune. Ms. Asmar has been seen on operatic and concert stages across the country. Her operatic roles include Ofelia in Faccio’s Amleto with OperaDelaware, Gilda (Rigoletto) with Baltimore Concert Opera, Yum-Yum (The Mikado) with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Sarasota Opera, Musetta (La Bohème), and Desdemona (Otello) with Opera Southwest. She has also performed with Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, Opera Idaho, Skylark Opera, and Ohio Light Opera. On the concert stage, Ms. Asmar is honored to have appeared with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in Mendelssohn’s Symphony #2, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah, and, most recently, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Ms. Asmar was a New England Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was awarded First Prize and the Roger Wertenberger Audience Choice Award in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition. Sarasota Opera awarded her the Bradenton Opera Guild’s Helen Jepson Dellera Fellowship Award. Sarah began her musical studies as a violinist. She holds both a Bachelor of Music in violin performance and a Master of Music in voice from Boston University. In addition to maintaining her own private voice studio, she is currently teaching at Loomis Chaffee in Windsor, CT and served on the faculty at The Hotchkiss School from 2012-2015.