Assistant Professor of Trumpet
Neil Mueller, Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Central Michigan University, has enjoyed a varied career as a performing musician and music educator. He has performed concerti with the Boston Pops, Berkshire Bach Ensemble and the Boston University Symphony Orchestra as well as the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, two ensembles in which he held positions as principal trumpet. Presently principal trumpet with the Cleveland’s Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, a Plain Dealer review of a recent BWCO concert noted that “the performance was stylish, with Mueller serving as lucid and sensitive soloist” (Jan. 2011).
Mueller has been an active chamber musician and, as first trumpet with the Brass Ring quintet, he concertized extensively in the United States, toured Italy and appeared in recital at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Brass Ring actively commissioned many new works for brass quintet. In addition to premiere performances of works by David Del Tredici, Joseph Schwantner and Roger Kellaway, they recorded a CD for Crystal entitled New American Classics Written for Brass Ring featuring new works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Del Tredici, Ned Rorem and Jacob Druckman. Mueller has also recorded a CD of new works for chamber ensemble written by the composers in the Common Sense Collective on the CRI label.
As a free-lance performer, Mueller has appeared with ensembles such as the Canton Symphony, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Burning River Brass, the Bronx Arts Ensemble and the Hot Jazz Seven at a wide array of venues: from New York’s Carnegie Hall to the Metropolitan Museum of Art; from Cleveland’s Severance Hall to the Barking Spider Tavern. Before coming to Central Michigan, Mueller was trumpet professor at North Dakota State University. He has also taught students at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, University of New Hampshire and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute.
Mueller’s degrees are from Concordia College - Moorhead, MN (B.M.), Yale School of Music (M.M.) and Boston University (D.M.A.). His trumpet teachers include J. Robert Hanson, Manny Laureano, William Vacchiano, Allan Dean and Roger Voisin. In addition to his work as a player and teacher of the trumpet, Mueller has published two collections of duets published by Balquhidder Music and distributed internationally by Carl Fisher. He also has considerable experience as a conductor, having conducted wind ensembles and orchestras at NDSU and serves assistant conductor of the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra.
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