Johannes Müller Stosch
Director, BCCM + Orchestra Director
German-born conductor Johannes Müller Stosch serves as Director of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music and oversees the Orchestral Studies Division at California State University, Long Beach. He leads the conservatory comprised of 26 tenure-track faculty, 80 adjunct instructors, 12 staff, and 600 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 Fellows and the CSULB Data Fellows Initiatives. In the summer of 2018, he attended Harvard University and received certification in the Management Development Program.
As conductor of the Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony, he grew the orchestra to one of largest and finest in Southern California. In 2017 the Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony played in Germany and the Czech Republic for sold-out venues and toured South Korea in 2013. Praised as possessing "stylistic, charismatic, expressive and expert" leadership, Stosch also serves as Music Director and Conductor of Holland Symphony, a professional regional orchestra in West 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 Composers Competition in an attempt to assist young composers gain wider recognition. In 2019 Stosch was named the new Music Director and Conductor of the Orange County Youth Symphony, celebrating their 50th anniversary as the oldest and one of the largest and most prestigious youth orchestras in California.
Johannes Müller Stosch keeps an active guest-conducting schedule both internationally and nationally. His most recent engagements include high-profile concerts with the Kunming Philharmonic in China, Long Beach Symphony, Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY), College-Conservatory of Music (Cincinnati, OH), UBC Symphony in Vancouver, Canada, and at the University of Oregon in Eugene. In 2009, Stosch was a featured guest conductor with the Busan Sinfonietta in Korea. This concert was broadcast on national TV (KBS).
Previous conducting positions include the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Brockport Symphony in New York, Tri State Players in Ohio, and conducting/coaching staff at the Opera Theatre Festival in Lucca, Italy. A concert tour with the Eastman String Orchestra brought him to Japan, conducting concerts during the Hiroshima Peace Festival in 2006.
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 (CCM), including the main-stage production of Britten’s Owen Wingrave. Previous engagements include Mozart’s Così 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, 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 had also frequent appearances on organ and harpsichord with Pacific Symphony in Orange County. Concert tours as a soloist and collaborative artist have taken him throughout the U.S., Germany, Italy, Korea, Chile, and Japan. Stosch has several commercial recordings to his credit all of which have been played on public radio.
Johannes Müller Stosch received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music. He received two Master of Music degrees in orchestral conducting and organ performance from the College-Conservatory of Music the Cincinnati where he also won the coveted Strader Organ Competition. His principal teachers were Neil Varon and Mark Gibson.