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Music professor records second solo CD

Posted on November 02, 2009

A second solo CD by trumpeter Richard Stoelzel, associate professor of music, has been lauded by music critics.

"A Mild Fantasie" was produced by Albany Records and features the Aries Trio, which is composed of Grand Valley faculty members Eric Tanner, violin, and Ksenia Leletkina, piano. The disc also includes many pieces that were written for Stoelzel by students, teachers, or colleagues.

"I tried to record pieces that I thought were destined to be staples in the trumpet repertoire," Stoelzel said of his song selections. "There are not many great, well-known compositions written for trumpet and I wanted to do my part to help change that."

Stoelzel added several pieces that he felt emotional connections to and that he wanted his listeners to experience as well. An example is "Hymn for the Lost and the Living," an emotional composition by Eric Ewazen in remembrance of September 11. 

"I have friends that are great composers and I try to perform their pieces the best I can and share them with the world. That is my inspiration," Stoelzel said.

The disc has been critcally acclaimed and is currently being played on public radio stations across the nation. Fanfare Magazine recently called it "an entertaining album of beautifully crafted new works" and complimented Stoelzel on his beautiful, clear, and focused tone. "A Mild Fantasie" has been so successful, in fact, that it was picked by Albany Records as a hopeful Grammy nomination for the upcoming year.

For more on the trumpet studio or audio clips from "A Mild Fantasie," visit


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