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 the whole world was glad (2019)
soprano, flute, tuba, piano

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

4 ANTIPHONAL DREAMS (2012)
euphonium, marimba

9 ASCENT (2016)
violin, piano

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

12 DICHOTIC SOUNDS - alto flute (1981)
alto flute

13 DICHOTIC SOUNDS 2 - horn (1985)
solo horn

15 Dichotic Sounds 4 (2019)
English horn

17 The Embrace (2019)
soprano, flute, piano

18 ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL (2016)
Baritone, piano

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

20 Five Meditations (2001)
Tuba, Piano

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

22 FOUR PSALMS (2003)
T, pf

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

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

25 GARLANDS (1985)
hp

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

27 Illuminata (2001)
flute,piano

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

31 IN CLOUDS DESCENDING (2018)
Baritone, piano

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

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

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

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

36 JOURNEY TO YELLOW SPRINGS (1985)
tba, chimes

37 Liaisons for Organ (2019)
organ solo

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

39 LOOK DOWN FAIR MOON (2018)
Baritone, piano

40 LUMINOUS MYSTERIES (2006)
2 pianos

41 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.

42 METANOIA (2002)
ORCHESTRA

44 Music for The Little Prince (1982)
solo piano

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

47 O BELOVED SON (2008)
Sop, pf

48 O Dayspring (2002)
Oboe and Piano

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

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

51 ODE TO MY MOTHER (2017)
voice, piano

53 Passages (2001)
vln, vcl, pf

54 PENSÉES (2005)
Baritone, tuba, piano

56 REFLECTIONS ON ST JOHN OF THE CROSS (2019)
tuba with woodwind quintet
fl,ob, cl, hn, bsn, tba

57 Revelations: The Seventh Trumpet (2019)
Trumpet, piano

58 Sonare (1990)
tuba and piano

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

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

61 Songs of Quiet (2019)
Soprano, Flute, Harp

62 SONGS OF WOMEN (1994)
Sop, Pno

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

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

65 The Space of Elsewhere (2019)
Piano Trio
Violin, Cello, Piano

66 SUITE FOR PIANO (2016)
pf

67 Suite from "A Soul's Journey" (2019)
mixed chamber ensemble
flute, clarinet, horn, violin, piano

68 THREE MEDIEVAL CAROLS (2007)
flute, tuba

69 THREE MEDIEVAL CAROLS (2019)
horn, tuba

71 TOUSSAINT - tbn, piano (1999)
tbn, pno

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

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

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

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

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

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

78 TRANSLUCENT UNREALITY no 5 (1975)
vcl,pf

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

80 Variants (1981)
vln, pf

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

83 Watery Moon - Voice and Flute (2019)
mezzo, alto flute doubling bass flute

84 Whirling Wings (2003)
flute

85 The Winds of Exorcism (2014)
Bar, pf

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

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