Michael A. Stumpf, a native of Somerset, PA, started taking piano lessons at the age of 8 and transitioned to double bass at the age of 11. He performed his first professional job at the age of 12. He performed in the Johnstown Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Donald Barra and was selected as first alternate Bassist for the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Bernard Goldberg. He also has performed in the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, the Johnstown Chamber Orchestra and the Altoona Symphony Orchestra.
Michael continued his double bass studies with cellist David Darling at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, studied with Double Bassist Jeff Mangone (Duquesne University), double bassist Robert Skavronski (Carnegie Mellon University), and studied music composition, physics of sound and care of the vocal mechanism at Missouri Western State College. In 1987 Michael became a certified piano tuner technician at the Perkins School of Piano Tuning and Technology.
He is also an award winning artist including one best in show, (Philip Dressler Center for the Arts) and one first place professional division, (National Arts Program in Richmond.) His mediums include pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, acrylic, oil and most recently photography.
Michael has lived with his wife Jennifer and dog Shelby in the Museum District of Richmond, VA since 2000.