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Portrait of Johannes Müller-StoschJohannes Müller-Stosch

Director of String Studies

Office: UMC-A510
Phone: 562.985.5435

Johannes Müller-Stosch serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Cole Conservatory Orchestra, Chamber and Opera Orchestras and coordinator of string studies. He is also the Music Director and Conductor of the Holland Symphony Orchestra in Michigan. Additionally, he is founder and director of the Michigan Conducting Institute, a summer conducting training workshop with the Holland Symphony Orchestra.

He received his Doctorate from the Eastman School of Music where he served as Assistant Conductor of the famed Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra. He has been Music Director of the Brockport Symphony (New York), Tri State Players (Ohio), Conducting Assistant at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and served repeatedly on the conducting and coaching staff at the Opera Theatre Festival in Lucca, Italy. A tour with the Eastman String Orchestra brought Müller-Stosch to Japan where he conducted concerts as part of Hiroshima's 2005 Peace Festival. He received much acclaim for his doctoral project and concert with the Eastman Philharmonia, which surveyed all four symphonies by early 20th century Viennese composer Franz Schmidt.

He received two Master of Music degrees in organ performance and orchestral conducting from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Since then he has been visiting guest conductor for new opera productions at CCM, including Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte (2004), the world premier of Joel Hoffman's The Memory Game (2003), and Virgil Thomson's The Mother Of Us All (2001). He is repeatedly invited as conductor at the Opera Theater at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2000 he served as Music Director of the Museumsinsel-Operafestival in Berlin, Germany.

A passionate educator, Dr. Müller-Stosch works with dozens of High School Orchestras who come to Cal State Long Beach for ensemble clinics. He is in demand also as adjudicator and conductor for All-State Orchestras, most recently Salt Lake City, Utah (2011). Müller-Stosch was a featured guest conductor with the Busan Sinfonietta in Korea in 2009. This concert was broadcast on national TV (KBS). His residency also included a concert with Dong-A University as well as conducting classes.

Concert tours as a soloist and collaborative artist have taken him throughout Germany, Italy, Chile, and Japan. Müller-Stosch has several commercial recordings to his credit, some of which have been featured on NPR's With Heart and Voice. His principal teachers were Neil Varon (Eastman School) and Mark Gibson (College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati).

"Johannes Müller-Stosch led expertly."—The Cincinnati Post

"CCM alumnus conductor Müller-Stosch returned for a heroic effort and … elicited fine playing. Special praise must go to conductor Johannes Müller-Stosch … this [CCM Opera Orchestra] was a tightly wound group, alert, pert and solid."—American Record Guide

"The singers and members of the orchestra were literally clinging to his charismatic leadership and expressive gestures"—Sulinger Kreiszeitung

Chosen from a field of 130 candidates, Müller-Stosch was one of three finalists invited to interview with the CSULB Search Committee and audition with the orchestra. The CSULB Symphony Orchestra is pleased to welcome Johannes Müller-Stosch to the greater Los Angeles area and is looking forward to the gifts he will bring to the University, the orchestra, and the community.


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