Joel Moerschel received his early musical training from Chicago Symphony cellist Nicolai Zedeler and Karl Fruh, Professor of Music at theChicagoMusicalCollege. Advanced studies with Ronald Leonard at the Eastman School of Music earned him a Bachelor of Music degree with distinction and a Performer’s Certificate. Recently retired after 33 years in the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Moerschel has been a soloist on numerous occasions with community and professional orchestras in the Boston, Chicago, and Rochester areas. Mr. Moerschel has performed chamber music with the Wheaton Trio, The Francesco String Quartet, and with members of The Muir String Quartet, and contemporary music with Collage New Music and Boston Musica Viva. He has given recitals of standard cello and piano literature throughout the United States. With Charles Schlueter, he has recorded the Sonata for Trumpet and Cello by Ives Chardon. Mr. Moerschel has been instructor of cello at Wellesley College and at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute. He has been Collage New Music’s cellist since 1976.