Vocal Jazz Singers

Junior Orchestra


Joseph Guzman

Stephen Decatur Middle School, Decatur





Dr. Rodney Mueller, guest conductor


Rodney Mueller has served as the conductor of the Parkland College Orchestra since 2015 and as a section cellist the preceding 12 years. Prior to retirement in 2015 he served the Champaign Unit 4 Schools for 19 years as a high school orchestra director and middle school and elementary school string teacher.


Mueller taught strings and directed orchestras in the public schools of DePere, Wisconsin and Grinnell, Iowa. He served as a music teacher, orchestra and band director, and administrator on the fine arts faculty of Prairie Bible College in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada. He spent the 1982-83 school year teaching and conducting in Sheffield, England as part of the Fulbright/U.S. Dept. of Education teacher exchange program.


Mueller holds music and music education degrees from Wheaton College (BA), Northern Michigan University (BME and MM), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (EdD).


While in Illinois, Mueller has served as a conductor with the Sangamon Valley Youth Orchestra, cello teacher and conductor with Illinois Summer Youth Music orchestra camps. He has been a festival and contest adjudicator and clinician. He has reviewed and written for the American String Teacher and presented clinics on the CD-ROM Visualized Vibrato for Violin and Viola. Mueller currently serves as a worship musician at Stratford Park Bible Chapel.


In his retirement, Mueller continues to make his home in Champaign with his wife Linnea, a studio piano teacher. He has established a private string studio and been a student teacher supervisor for the University of Illinois School of Music and Eastern Illinois University Department of Student Teaching. He continues to clinic and adjudicate in school settings.



Concerto in D - Vivaldi  arr. Phillips

An English Folksong - McQuilkin

Variations on a Ground - Shapiro

Conquistador! - D Baker Monday




Excerpts from the required repertoire will be posted on this page soon as soon as they are available.

Students should prepare the excerpts to the best of their ability.


There are no scales required for this year’s audition.

For all audition materials please contact Joseph Guzman. d5jrorchestra@ilmea.org

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