Director, Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble
Michael Mucci recently retired from the Longmeadow Public School System, in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, where he taught for thirty-five years and was the Chairman and Director of Instrumental Music for the Longmeadow High School Music Department. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York, where he was awarded the Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Departmental Scholar Award, and the Crane-McMenamin Scholarship. He also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Mucci's Longmeadow ensembles performed at the National Band and Orchestra Festival at Carnegie Hall and Boston Symphony Hall, the National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the International Association of Jazz Educators Convention. Under his direction, the Longmeadow High School Symphony Orchestra won the 2010 American Prize for Secondary School Orchestral Performance and the Longmeadow High School Music Department was awarded three Grammy Signature Awards by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Mucci is currently in his seventeenth season as Director of the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble at the New England Conservatory of Music. Under his leadership, MYWE has performed in the National Band Festival at Carnegie Hall, toured Central Europe with performances in Budapest, Vienna, and Prague, and was featured as part of "Winds Across the Century," a nationwide wind symposium held at the New England Conservatory of Music. MYWE has also shared the stage with the Metropolitan Winds and the Boston College Wind Ensemble at the Metropolitan Winds Music Festival, performed at the National Music Educators All Eastern Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, and toured Italy, performing concerts in Florence, Naples, Rome, and the Vatican City, where they played for Pope John Paul II. MYWE has also performed in England, Wales, and Scotland, on their 2006 summer tour, in Spain and Portugal in 2008, in Germany and Austria in 2010, in Poland in 2012, and this past summer, for enthusiastic audiences throughout Ireland.
Mucci serves as an adjudicator for the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association and often appears as a guest conductor with festivals throughout New York and New England. He has received the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association and is a member of the Music Educators National Conference. Mucci received the 2011 Lowell Mason Award from the Massachusetts Music Educators Association for outstanding leadership in music education. He has recently received the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award, the New England Public Radio Arts and Humanities Award, and the Singer Family Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching, awarded by the University of Rochester. Mucci resides in Longmeadow, MA, with his wife Daryl, and their two sons, Stephen and Christopher, where he was recently named the Town of Longmeadow Citizen of the Year.