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Michael Schmidt
Co-Artistic director

Michael Schmidt is an extraordinary Biodynamic farmer, advocate for food rights, conductor and visionary.

Raised in Germany with a Masters in Agriculture, he practices biodynamic farming at Glencolton Farms.

For decades Michael has fought many legal court battles, defending himself and others, to protect the fundamental right for people to make informed choices about what they put in their bodies.

Michael is also an accomplished classical musician, conductor and Co-Artistic Director of Symphony in the Barn, founded in 1995 in an effort to bridge the gap between the native and settler cultures. The first production, a re-imagining of Haydn’s Creation, went from concept to opening night in six weeks, and featured performers from the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Drummers from Saugeen First Nation. Symphony in the Barn has presented an astonishing diversity of musical talent in a variety of musical forms: symphony, chamber, opera, oratorios, concerti, operetta, jazz, soundscapes by artists including pianist, composer and conductor Anton Kuerti, violinist Andrei Denga, and the late director Clarke Rogers, and has provided opportunities nationally and internationally for artists to perform on the farm.

Being part and helping to develop communities of diverse nature is part of his vision and never ending hope, while recognizing the hardship of true commitment in order to build a future for our next generations to come.