Darleen Mitchell

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Darleen (Cowles) Mitchell (b. 1942), Associate Professor of composition and organ, has written over one hundred works for orchestra, chorus, voice and various instrumental solos and ensembles, most of which are published by American Composers Editions in New York. Her compositions have been performed by many groups including the Contemporary Chamber Players (Chicago), the American Chamber Symphony (Chicago), the Aurora String Quartet (San Francisco), North-South Consonance (New York), the Harmoniemusik Ensemble (Lowell, Massachusetts), College Music Society Regional Conferences in Florida, Georgia and Nebraska, the Florida State Winds, the Florida State University Wind Orchestra and the International Guitar Festival in Hermoupolis, Greece.

Her Translucent Unreality No. 1 is available on Capriccio Records, Images for violin and guitar was recorded by Duo 46 on Guitar Plus Records in 2001, and a CD including her Watery Moon, on text by William Shakespeare, for mezzo-soprano and alto/bass flute, is forthcoming. Dr. Mitchell received a B.M. from De Paul University, M.M. from Northwestern University, winning the Faricy Award for Creative Composition, and a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of Chicago, where she studied with Ralph Shapey and Shulamit Ran. Dr. Mitchell is the recipient of many awards, grants and fellowships, including Illinois Arts Council Grants, Artist Fellowships, "Meet the Composer" grants and a Florida Arts Council Artist Fellowship.

She is the 1998 first prize winner of the Music Grant from the National League of American Pen Women, for her work Visions, a concerto for tuba and concert band after texts by Hildegard of Bingen. Dr. Mitchell has developed and taught a course on women composers, and this life-long interest lead her to found American Women Composers-Midwest, an organization based in Chicago which continues to perform and champion women composers. Dr. Mitchell has served on the faculty of De Paul University, chaired the musicianship and composition department at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, and taught for the Chicago City Colleges European Division in Belgium, Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois and Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City, Alabama.

She joined the U.N.K. music faculty in 2000, where she teaches composition, organ, and coordinates the music theory curricula. Dr. Mitchell is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

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1 AND STILL... (1984)
hn & orch (2/picc.2.2.2 2.2.2btbn.0 4 perc, str)

3 ANTIPHONAL DREAMS (2012)
euphonium, marimba

8 ASCENT (2016)
violin, piano

9 COVENANT (1985)
1-0-2-asax-0,1-2-2-0

11 DICHOTIC SOUNDS - alto flute (1981)
alto flute

12 DICHOTIC SOUNDS 2 - horn (1985)
solo horn

15 ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL (2016)
Baritone, piano

16 ESTAMPIE (1974)
str qrt(2-1-1)

17 Five Meditations (2001)
Tuba, Piano

18 FLORIBUS TONORUM (2007)
TBN, TBA, PIANO or 2nd version for FL, TBA, PIANO

19 FOUR PSALMS (2003)
T, pf

20 FRAGMENTS OF A LOST SONG (1981)
ssa,fl,pf

21 FROM THE LETTERS OF CLARE OF ASSISI (1997)
WOODWINDS, STRINGS (NO BASS), 2 PERCUSSION, PIANO

22 GARLANDS (1985)
hp

23 HARMONIEMUSIK (1990)
2ob, 2cl, 2hn, 2bsn, cb

24 Illuminata (2001)
flute,piano

25 Images for Flute and Harp (2019)
flute, harp

26 Images for Violin and Guitar (2001)
vln, gtr

27 IN CLOUDS DESCENDING (2018)
Baritone, piano

28 IN A FALL MOMENT - AND OTHER SONGS (2016)
voice, piano

29 IN LAMENTABILEM VOCEM (1997)
SATB, FLUTE, TUBA

30 IN THE STILLNESS (2000)
2fl, ob, bsn, 4cl, 2 asx, tsx, bsx, 2hn, 2tpt, 3tbn, bar, tba, timp, 3perc

31 IN A TIMELESS SWEET LAND (2009)
Baritone, cello

32 JOURNEY TO YELLOW SPRINGS (1985)
tba, chimes

33 LIKE STRANGERS (1975)
Sop,Cham Ens(1/pic-0-1-0, 1-0-0-0-,perc,cel,hp,vln,vla,cb

34 LOOK DOWN FAIR MOON (2018)
Baritone, piano

35 LUMINOUS MYSTERIES (2006)
2 pianos

36 May We Walk in Harmony (2013)
Flute 1, 2 (pic), Oboe, Bb Clarinet 1, 2, Horn 1, 2; 6 percussionists (percussion 5 and 6 accompany children's choir) Children's Choir, Strings.

37 METANOIA (2002)
ORCHESTRA

39 Music for The Little Prince (1982)
solo piano

40 MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE (2007)
flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion

42 O BELOVED SON (2008)
Sop, pf

43 O Dayspring (2002)
Oboe and Piano

44 O FELIX ANIMA (1995)
for soprano,fl,cl & pf.

45 O VOS ANGELI (In Praise of Angels) (2008)
Soprano, clarinet, piano

46 ODE TO MY MOTHER (2017)
voice, piano

48 Passages (2001)
vln, vcl, pf

49 PENSÉES (2005)
Baritone, tuba, piano

51 REFLECTIONS ON ST JOHN OF THE CROSS (1996)
tuba with woodwind quintet
fl,ob, cl, hn, bsn, tba

52 Revelations: The Seventh Trumpet (2000)
Trumpet, piano

53 Sonare (1990)
tuba and piano

54 Sonatine for Horn and Piano (1965)
Horn and Piano

55 SONGS OF QUIET (2019)
soprano, flute, harp

56 Songs of Quiet piano (2006)
Soprano, Flute, Piano

57 SONGS OF WOMEN (1994)
Sop, Pno

58 SOUND FORTH (1997)
2 tpt, h, tbn, tba, org

59 SOUTHERN HARMONY (1998)
2 tpt, hn, tbn, tba

60 SUITE FOR PIANO (2016)
pf

61 THREE MEDIEVAL CAROLS (2007)
flute, tuba

63 Toussaint (1999)
tbn, pno

64 TOUSSAINT II FOR TROMBONE SOLO AND CONCERT BAND (2000)
tbn solo, concert band

65 TRANSLUCENT REALITY no 7 (1978)
fl,cl,hn,vcl, glock,pf

66 TRANSLUCENT UNREALITY NO 1 (2019)
fl,pf,wind ch

67 TRANSLUCENT UNREALITY no 2 (1978)
pf, flute, clarinet

68 TRANSLUCENT UNREALITY no 3 (1974)
cl,hn,pf

69 TRANSLUCENT UNREALITY no 4 (1978)
hn,vcl,pf

70 TRANSLUCENT UNREALITY no 5 (1975)
vcl,pf

71 TRANSLUCENT UNREALITY, no 6 (1976)
horn, piano, glock/wind chimes

72 Variants (1981)
vln, pf

73 VISIONS: CONCERTO FOR TUBA AND CONCERT BAND (1997)
SOLO TUBA, CONCERT BAND

74 Watery Moon (1987)
mezzo, alto flt doubling bass flt

76 Whirling Wings (2003)
flute

77 The Winds of Exorcism (2014)
Bar, pf

78 You are the Love (Celtic Song from Iona) (2015)
female voice, piano

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