Schuller is a former classical and jazz horn player, having played and recorded both with major orchestras (including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and with jazz greats like Miles Davis. In addition to being a passionate advocate and scholar of jazz music, Schuller's catalog as a composer of contemporary concert music is extensive and includes two operas, one of them the evening-length The Visitation.
The Visitation, opera in three acts Libretto by the composer after the novel Der Prozess (The Trial) by Franz Kafka. 1966, Hamburg, Germany
The Fisherman and His Wife, children's opera in thirteen scenes Libretto by John Updike after the story by the Brothers Grimm. May 7, 1970, Boston, Massachusetts