Violinist Irina Mueller actively performs with Nick Murdick (French Horn and Alphorn) as a duo in the United States and Europe. Solo recitals have taken Dr. Mueller throughout the U.S. and Germany, and as an orchestral musician she has toured Europe and Japan. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras, performing the Brahms Violin Concerto in Germany and Romania. For three years she served as Co-Concertmaster of the Great Falls Symphony in Montana, USA, and performed with the symphony’s resident string ensemble, the Cascade Quartet. In addition to maintaining a private teaching studio, she served as adjunct faculty at the University of Great Falls. Dr. Mueller also provided weekly string instruction in Havre, Montana as “Artist in Residence” for the “Artists in Schools and Communities Program,” a collaboration between the Hi-Line Arts Project, Northern Showcase Concert Association, and Montana Arts Council. She has frequently been a faculty member and performer at the Goppisberger Music Festival and Academy, held annually in Switzerland.
Dr. Mueller holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and an Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and she has been awarded a Soloist’s Diploma by the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, Germany. She recently received a Doctor of Arts with a secondary in Entrepreneurial Studies from Ball State University. Dr. Mueller has served as adjunct faculty at Ball State University and Taylor University, and she conducted the Prelude Orchestra for the Youth Symphony Orchestras of East Central Indiana during its first three years. She is also actively involved in her fiancé Nick Murdick’s company, Presto Kombucha, an Indiana Artisan designated producer of organic raw cold-brew kombucha.