Sponsor: Bill & Shirley Paxton
In addition to performing as Principal Trumpet of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Neil Mueller teaches trumpet at Central Michigan University, is a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, and is principal trumpet of Cleveland’s BlueWater Chamber Orchestra. He has performed concerti with the Boston Pops, the Berkshire Bach Ensemble, as well as BlueWater, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestras, ensembles in which he has held principal positions. Prior to coming to Michigan, Mueller was on the faculty at North Dakota State University.
In addition to Mueller’s work as a teacher and orchestral performer, he has been active as a soloist and chamber musician. He has recorded 3 CDs featuring premiere recordings of new music: Call and Response (White Pine) with trumpeter Allan Dean and pianist Zhihua Tang; New American Classics (Crystal) as first trumpet with the Brass Ring quintet; and Common Sense (CRI) with the Common Sense Composer’s Collective.
Mueller’s degrees are from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN), Yale School of Music, and Boston University. His trumpet teachers include J. Robert Hanson, Manny Laureano, William Vacchiano, Allan Dean and Roger Voisin.