Dr. Tom Mueller
Tom Mueller is the Associate Organist at St. James' in the City in Los Angeles, where he accompanies the acclaimed Choir of St. James' under the direction of James Buonemani. Mueller also serves as the Assistant Professor of Church Music and University Organist at Concordia University in Irvine, California, where he teaches organ, jazz, and composition, and directs the keyboard and composition programs.
In 2014, Mueller was awarded first place in the Schoenstein Competition in Hymn-Playing, held in conjunction with the biennial national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Boston, Massachusetts. He was recently honored by The Diapason as a member of their inaugural “20 Under 30” group of influential figures in the world of organ and church music.
Mueller maintains an active concert schedule, and has performed at universities and churches across the United States. In 2010, he performed the complete organ works of J. S. Bach in a series of seventeen concerts in his native state of Maine. He has received numerous commissions for new choral and liturgical works, and performances of his compositions have been broadcast on national radio and television. Mueller is also an accomplished guitarist, and toured the country as a member of The Muellers, a nationally-recognized family bluegrass band. Their fourth album, The Muellers, was released in 2009.
Mueller’s research interests include the early organ and keyboard works of J. S. Bach, the performance practice of organ continuo playing in the classical-era concerted sacred music of Germany and Austria, and the American reception of the nineteenth-century opera star Jenny Lind. He has presented workshops, masterclasses, and lectures for numerous organizations, including several chapters of the American Guild of Organists, and has served as a faculty member for the Guild’s Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) program for young organists. He currently serves as the Subdean of the Orange County AGO chapter, and serves on the national Committee for Continuing Professional Education (CCPE) of the AGO.
Mueller earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with David Higgs. He also holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame (M.S.M. in organ), and the University of Maine at Augusta (B.M. in jazz composition and piano), where he graduated summa cum laude. His former teachers include Craig Cramer, Alan Wingard, William Porter, Frank Mauceri, and Steve Grover, and he has performed in masterclasses with Stephen Tharp, Isabelle Demers, Ken Cowan, Alan Morrison, Michael Bauer, and Diane Meredith Belcher, among others.