Viola, Orchestral Performance Program (College)
Principal Violist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Craig Mumm, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, began his musical career in Chicago as Associate Principal Violist of both the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Grant Park Orchestras. Mr. Mumm maintains a versatile schedule of solo and chamber music appearances. He has recorded extensively with the MET on the Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, and Decca labels. His 2011 Grammy-nominated, world premiere recording of Franco Alfano’s Piano Quintet on the Naxos label was warmly praised in The Strad magazine
Mr. Mumm is a member of the faculty of the Orchestral Performance Program at Manhattan School of Music and of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He has also served on the faculty of the Juilliard School in the Music Advancement Program. Mr. Mumm is a frequent coach and audition adjudicator for the MSM orchestras as well as for the New York Youth Symphony, the New Jersey Youth Symphony, and the InterSchool Orchestras of New York, where he serves on the advisory council.
Internationally known for his passion and advocacy of youth music programs, Mr. Mumm is a faculty member of YOA Orchestra of the Americas, participating in YOA’s residencies and tours; FEMUSC (Festival de Música de Santa Catarina) in Brazil; and the chamber music festival FIMCE (Festival Internacional de Música de Cámara del Elqui) in La Serena, Chile. Other recent engagements include residencies at the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras, “El Sistema,” in Caracas, Venezuela; Esperanza Azteca Puebla, Mexico; Filarmónica Joven de Colombia; the Alfredo de Saint-Malo Music Festival of Panamá (ASM); SINEM, Orquesta Sinfónica de Liberia, Costa Rica; and the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Poland
Mr. Mumm is on the board of directors of the nonprofit humanitarian organization Music for Life International, whose mission is to create transformative social impact through music for the most vulnerable of our fellow human beings. In addition to performing in their yearly benefit concerts at Carnegie Hall, Mr. Mumm brought music directly to the children of Syria, performing and teaching at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.