Juilliard-trained horn player, Misty Tolle has over two decades of experience performing in Broadway musicals, symphony orchestras, and chamber ensembles.  She is on faculty at Transylvania University, is a Buffet Group USA Artist and a member of Ariel Winds.

Tolle's recent performances include work with the Louisville Orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic, Lexington Chamber Orchestra, Monarch Brass, Orchestra Enigmatic, a North American tour with The Knights Orchestra, a world premiere by Peter Terry at Interlochen Arts Camp and a live broadcast on Chicago's WFMT 98.7.  Tolle was also a recent member of the Stiletto Brass Quintet, an ensemble of top female brass players who toured regularly throughout the US.

Tolle also played in Broadway orchestras, including those for Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and Les Miserables. She recorded for BMI, Albany Records, New World Records, and for EMI Classics with Itzhak Perlman on the album 'Concertos from my Childhood'. She performed with The Orchestra of St. Lukes, Albany Symphony, the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, and Shaker Mountain Opera Festival. She performed with Il Divo at the Emmy's, with South Korean sensation Sumi Jo at Carnegie Hall, with Five for Fighting at Interlochen and with many popular ensembles in Radio City Music Hall. Her wind quintet, Ariel Winds was founded while she was a student at The Juilliard School.  The quintet was awarded a Rural Residency by Chamber Music America and was later managed by MCM Artists.  Ariel Winds has recently toured to Boston, New York, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Deeply committed to education, she is currently a Curriculum Specialist for The Juilliard School.  She has crafted programs for the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the 92nd Street Y, and Young Audiences of New York and Connecticut. One leading figure in our field described a young people’s concert that Misty helped to create as “the single best concert for young people I have ever seen since Leonard Bernstein.”

Finally, she was Director of School and Family Programs at Carnegie Hall from 2007-2012, overseeing programs that reach thousands of children and families around the world. While at Carnegie Hall, In Tune monthly said, “Today Tolle uses one of the world’s greatest concert halls as her classroom.”  Continuing her commitment to education, Misty has a consulting business, working with orchestras and arts institutions around the country.  

She is also Director of Worship Arts at Man O' War Church and was a member of the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir prior to this post.  Her blog, 'My Life as a Listener' explores the parallel lessons between achieving success in classical music and having a fruitful spiritual life.

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