Since 2005, Mitchell has been a regular guest conductor of the Academic Choir Ivan Goran Kovacic in Zagreb, Croatia. He has also served as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Detroit-based Cantata Academy Chorale for nine seasons where he led the group on three acclaimed European tours and in multiple performances with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings.
Dr. Mitchell has conducted masses and full concerts at many of Europe’s leading sacred music venues, including St. Mark’s Basilica and Chiesa San Salvador in Venice, St. Nicholas Church in Prague, Peterskirche in Vienna, St. Matthias Church and St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest, the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Bratislava, the Church of St. Jacob in Ljubljana, and St. Catherine’s Church in Zagreb.
On the popular music front, Dr. Mitchell teaches a popular summer course on the history of Rock and Roll and has prepared and conducted choruses for the Rolling Stones and Sarah Brightman.
As a composer, Dr. Mitchell’s music has been performed throughout the United States, including at several conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. Before coming to Michigan he was a choral director and music supervisor in the public schools in Texas and also taught at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Dr. Mitchell studied conducting, music education, and voice at the University of Texas at Austin and received his doctorate in conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, where he served as assistant to the legendary conductor Eph Ehly for three years. Other teachers include Andre Thomas, Jerry McCoy, Patrick Gardner, Mary Breden, Morris Beachy, and John Silantien. As a doctoral student he was the winner of the UMKC Chancellor’s Award for Academic Merit and was a finalist in the American Choral Directors Association national conducting competition. Dr. Mitchell is a member of The American Choral Directors Association and recently served as President for the Michigan chapter. He is also a member of the American Music Center, The College Music Society, The Michigan School Vocal Music Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.