MUSIC Director

Richard Stoelzel

Hailed as “one of the foremost performers and teachers in the USA and Canada” and “one of the greatest trumpet players of our time,” reviewers have called Richard Stoelzel’s trumpet playing “virtuosic and lyrical,” “fluid and liquid-like tone,” with “a bel canto style that gave this reviewer chills.” His three solo recordings, “Born to be Mild” (Albany Records), “A Mild Fantasie” (Albany), and “Horizon” (Summit) have received rave reviews.

Richard Stoelzel maintains an active career as an international soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. He began his career as solo cornet with the United States Coast Guard Band, a presidential band. As a soloist, he has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as throughout Europe and Asia including five highly successful tours of China. He is presently principal trumpet with the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and the South Florida Symphony Orchestra. He is also the founder of the Avatar Brass and Aries Trio.

Stoelzel is professor of trumpet and chair of the brass area at McGill University’s School of Music in Montreal and on the faculty of the Masterworks Summer Music Festival in South Carolina. He has previously served on the faculties of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Harid Conservatory, and was professor of trumpet at Grand Valley State University where he brought international acclaim and prominence to the trumpet studio. His students have consistently won national and international awards including an unprecedented three awards at the 2000 International Trumpet Guild Competition and have since been regular finalists and winners.

An accomplished conductor, Stoelzel was the principal pops conductor of the Harid Conservatory as well as music director of the professional wind ensemble the Florida Wind Symphony. Stoelzel was the founder and artistic director of the GVSU International Trumpet Seminar and is currently President of the World Trumpet Society.