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 and Interlochen Arts Camp and is a Buffet Group USA Artist with Stiletto Brass Quintet.
According to the Brass Herald, Stiletto is known for, “Virtuoso music making of the highest order.” This ensemble, made up of top female brass players from around the nation, performs and records with Doc Severinsen and tours regularly across the United States.
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 on the notable, 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.
Recent performances include work with 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.
Deeply committed to education, she is currently a part of the Juilliard Global Initiative. 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. Recently she worked with University of KY, Charlotte Symphony, University of Delaware, the Lexington Philharmonic, and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
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.