SPC Professor and Director of Bands Nathan Muehl approaches his career with a clear mission in mind: to live a life of integrity, high trust, and continual improvement. Those aspirations have led him to organize programs that provide a musical outlet for community members, as well as be designated as SPC’s Arts, Humanities and Design community’s Outstanding Community Educator.
Muehl directs two ensembles made up of SPC students and community members: the SPC Community Concert Band and the SPC Community Wind Symphony. The groups perform two concerts each semester, which are themed to maximize student engagement and promote collaboration with the community.
The Community Connections concerts promote awareness of a local cause or charity, most recently supporting causes such as the military and displaced teens. A tribute concert each semester is dedicated to a community member connected to SPC who is working for the greater good, like the Lance Gaskill and Rwanda Rising show, which honored SPC Alum Lance Gaskill who teaches band and orchestra in Kigali, Rwanda. The show included collaborative Skype sessions with Rwandan students and involved Safety Harbor Middle School in addition to SPC ensembles. Muehl also collaborates with a local high school each semester to perform a joint concert with SPC’s band and the school’s band and choral students.
An accomplished flutist, Muehl graduated Summa Cum Laude with bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University, where he was awarded a fellowship to complete his master’s degree in Conducting. He is currently a PhD candidate in Leadership and Education at Barry University in Miami.
Muehl says that he hopes to inspire his students to engage with the community.
“I feel community engagement is important for our students and our college,” he said. “Perhaps seeing how we structured these programs can inspire others to find creative solutions to promote positive community engagement within their fields.”