Johannes Müller Stosch
Director, BCCM + Orchestra Director
German-born conductor Johannes Müller Stosch serves as Director of the Bob Cole Conservatory and oversees the Orchestral Studies Division at California State University, Long Beach. He leads the conservatory comprised of 25 tenure-track faculty, 80 adjunct instructors, 12 staff, and 580 students. Important initiatives of his work are a renewed emphasis on community engagement, collaboration with partners in the arts and campus communities, an entrepreneurial initiative to enhance the conservatory’s curriculum and growth of the conservatory’s national recognition through sustained excellence. Dr. Stosch was chosen to be part of the President’s and Provosts’ Leadership Fellow’s Team and the CSULB Data Fellows Initiative.
As Conductor of the Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony, he grew the orchestra to one of largest and finest in the Southern California. In 2017 the Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony played in Germany and the Czech Republic for sold-out audiences and toured in South Korea in 2013.
Praised as possessing "stylistic, charismatic, expressive and expert" leadership, Stosch also serves as Music Director and Conductor of Holland Symphony Orchestra in Michigan. During his tenure, Holland Symphony has seen unprecedented growth in size and quality of performances, as well as record numbers of season subscriptions. During a challenging climate for most arts organizations, Holland Symphony enlarged its already sold-out season. He was instrumental in establishing the Young American Composer’s Competition in an attempt to assist young composers gain wider recognition.
Müller Stosch keeps an active guest-conducting schedule both internationally and nationally. Most recent engagements included high-profile concerts with Long Beach Symphony, Kunming Philharmonic in China, University Symphonies in Vancouver, Canada, and at the University of Oregon in Eugene. In 2009, Müller Stosch was a featured guest conductor with the Busan Sinfonietta in Korea. This concert was broadcast on national TV (KBS).
Stosch has held conducting positions with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Brockport Symphony in New York, Tri State Players in Ohio, and served repeatedly on the conducting and coaching staff at the Opera Theatre Festival in Lucca, Italy. A concert tour with the Eastman String Orchestra brought Müller Stosch to Japan, where he conducted concerts as part of Hiroshima’s 2006 Peace Festival.
An avid and natural operatic conductor with "stylish authority," he has been a frequent guest conductor for new opera productions at Cincinnati’s famous College-Conservatory of Music, including the main-stage production of Britten’s Owen Wingrave. Previous engagements include Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, the world premier of Joel Hoffman’s The Memory Game, Dvořák’s Rusalka and Virgil Thomson’s The Mother Of Us All. He worked repeatedly as visiting opera conductor at the Opera Theater at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2000, he was chosen as Music Director of the Museumsinsel-Operafestival in Berlin, Germany. During his doctoral studies he served as Assistant Conductor of the famed Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra, and won Eastman’s prestigious Walter Hagen Conducting Prize.
Aside from his passion in conducting, Müller Stosch has a special interest in performance practice and early music. In Germany, he worked with Hannover’s L’Arco, Bremer Ratsmusik, and Concerto Brandenburg. He also frequently appears on organ and harpsichord with Pacific Symphony Orchestra in Orange County, California. Concert tours as a soloist and collaborative artist have taken him throughout the U.S., Germany, Italy, Chile, and Japan. Müller Stosch has several commercial recordings to his credit all of which have been played on public radio.
Müller Stosch received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music on full scholarship. In 1997, after winning the coveted Strader Organ Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio, he received two Master of Music degrees in organ performance and orchestral conducting from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, also on full-tuition scholarship. He is married to pianist Clara Cheng Stosch, and they live in Long Beach with their Amazon parrot Papageno.