Nathan Muz

Cambridge, MA

Cleveland Institute of Music, M.M. in Bassoon Performance, 2025
Emory University, B.S. in Applied Mathematics, 2023

Nathan Muz is a bassoonist and first-year Master of Music student at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studies with John Clouser, principal bassoon of the Cleveland Orchestra. He previously attended Emory University where he studied with Anthony Georgeson and was an applied mathematics major. Originally from Cambridge, MA, Nathan also served as a bassoonist in the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for four seasons.

What inspired you to become a musician?
I saw Alisa Weilerstein perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2021, and that’s what inspired me to make the switch from math to music.

Who are your all-time favorite composers and/or pieces? Why?
Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 5 because it is so beautiful and scerene.

What is an interesting fact about you and/or your instrument?
My bassoon was played in the U.S. Marine Band in World War II.

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
I am a train enthusiast and I volunteer as a train conductor on a heritage railroad.

Why did you choose the NRO?
I was very excited about the repertoire and the stunning natural beauty of Breckenridge. I also heard lots of great things about NRO from friends and colleagues who had previously attended.