Johannes Müller Stosch Appointed New Music Director & Conductor of Orange County Youth Symphony


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. Müller Stosch succeeds Daniel Alfred Wachs, who served as OCYS’ Music Director and Conductor for 10 years.

“I am so pleased to have Johannes join our Philharmonic Society team,” says Tommy Phillips, President and Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. “After an extensive search process that yielded nearly 50 applicants from around the world, it was clear to the search committee as well as the student musicians of the Orange County Youth Symphony that Johannes was exactly what we need at this time. His personability, natural leadership qualities, and careful attention and command of the score quickly pushed him to the top of our list. Johannes is a much sought-after guest clinician and conductor and is highly respected among his peers. We’re very fortunate to now have him represent the Philharmonic Society’s Orange County Youth Symphony!”

The Philharmonic Society and its Orange County Youth Symphony have a lot to celebrate in the 2019-20 season, including the 50th anniversary of the youth symphony. The anniversary season will include symphonic works by Dvořák, Orff, and, of course, Beethoven, as the orchestra joins the Philharmonic Society’s “Beethoven@250” celebration. Orange County Youth Symphony members can look forward to sectionals and coachings by musicians from some of the Philharmonic Society’s great visiting orchestras, including the LA Phil, Royal Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, and interactions with superstar musicians such as Joshua Bell, Ray Chen, and Midori.

“I’m thrilled to join the Philharmonic Society as the new music director of its Orange County Youth Symphony,” says Müller Stosch. “I’m deeply humbled and honored to begin my appointment with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of such a prestigious organization, and I look forward to continuing the rich history of the orchestra with exciting music making.”

Currently, Johannes Müller Stosch serves as Director of Orchestral Activities at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, as well as Music Director and Conductor of Holland Symphony Orchestra in Michigan. He has also 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.

Müller Stosch keeps an active guest-conducting schedule both internationally and nationally, with recent engagements including concerts with Long Beach Symphony, Kunming Philharmonic in China, University Symphonies in Vancouver, Canada, and at the University of Oregon in Eugene. In 2009, he was a featured guest conductor with the Busan Sinfonietta in Korea in a concert that was broadcast on national TV (KBS).

An avid operatic conductor, he previously served as Music Director of the Museumsinsel-Operafestival in Berlin, Germany; has frequently guest conducted new opera productions at Cincinnati’s famous College-Conservatory of Music; and worked repeatedly as visiting opera conductor at the Opera Theater at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Aside from his passion for 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 the Pacific Symphony. 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.

Maestro Müller Stosch received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music. 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.

Please join us in welcoming Maestro Müller Stosch to the Philharmonic Society and Orange County Youth Symphony family!