Our Music Director
About Johannes Müller Stosch
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is pleased to announce the appointment of Johannes Müller Stosch as the new Music Director and Conductor for the Orange County Youth Symphony, effective with the 2019-20 season, which also marks the youth symphony’s milestone 50th anniversary.
Currently, German-born conductor Stosch serves as Director of Orchestral Activities at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. 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 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.
He keeps an active guest-conducting schedule both internationally and nationally. His most recent engagements have included concerts with the Long Beach Symphony, Kunming Philharmonic in China, Karelia Symphony in Russia, Eastman Symphony Orchestra in Rochester, New York and other University Symphonies in Vancouver, Canada, and Eugene, Oregon. In 2009, 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 has 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 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 Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra, and won Eastman’s prestigious Walter Hagen Conducting Prize.
Aside from his passion in conducting, Johannes 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. Stosch has several commercial recordings to his credit all of which have been played on public radio.
Stosch received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music. 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. He was also accepted into Leadership Programs at Harvard University.