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.

ACA List for Darleen Mitchell

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

3 ANTIPHONAL DREAMS (2012)
euphonium, marimba

5 Antiphonal Dreams: Psalm 31 (1998)
piano

mitchell_antiphonal_dreams_psalm_31_piano_excerpt.mp3

Excerpt - Antiphonal Dreams Ps. 31 for solo piano

7 ASCENT (2016)
violin, piano

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

10 DICHOTIC SOUNDS - alto flute (1981)
alto flute

11 DICHOTIC SOUNDS 2 - horn (1985)
solo horn

13 THE DIMENSIONS OF AMBIENT NIGHT (1982)
pf

Mitchell_The_Dimensions_of_Ambient_NightExcerpt.mp3

Dimensions of Ambient Night for solo piano - excerpt

14 ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL (2016)
Baritone, piano

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

16 Five Meditations (2001)
Tuba, Piano

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

18 FOUR PSALMS (2003)
T, pf

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

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

21 GARLANDS (1985)
hp

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

23 Illuminata (2001)
flute,piano

24 Images for Flute and Harp (1986)
flute and harp

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

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

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

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

mitchell_stillnessexcerpt.mp3

excerpt - Stillness - for band

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

30 JOURNEY TO YELLOW SPRINGS (1985)
tba, chimes

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

32 LUMINOUS MYSTERIES (2006)
2 pianos

33 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.

34 METANOIA (2002)
ORCHESTRA

35 Metaxu (2008)
Ms, Vc, Pf

36 Music for a Little Prince (1982)
solo piano

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

mitchell_darleen_musicofremembranceexcerpt.mp3

Excerpt - Darleen Mitchell - Music of Remembrance

38 MUSIC OF THE UPPER WORLDS (2010)
2222 4211 timp Perc (2) strings, solo violin

mitchellmusic_of_the_upper_worlds_march2010excerpt.mp3

excerpt - Music of the Upper Worlds, by Darleen Mitchell

39 O BELOVED SON (2008)
Sop, pf

40 O Dayspring (2002)
Oboe and Piano

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

43 Passages (2001)
vln, vcl, pf

44 PENSÉES (2005)
Baritone, tuba, piano

46 REFLECTIONS ON ST JOHN OF THE CROSS
FLUTE, OBOE, CLARINET, BASSOON, TUBA

48 Sonare (1990)
tuba and piano

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

50 SONGS OF QUIET (1986)
soprano, flute, harp

51 SONGS OF WOMEN (1994)
Sop, Pno

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

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

54 SUITE FOR PIANO (2016)
pf

55 TANSLUCENT UNREALITY no 3 (1974)
cl,hn,pf

56 THREE MEDIEVAL CAROLS (1984)
horn and tuba, 2nd version for flute and tuba

57 Toussaint (1999)
trbn, pno

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

59 TRANSLUCENT UNREALITY NO 1 (1978)
fl,pf,wind ch

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

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

62 TRANSLUCENT UNREALITY no 5 (1975)
vcl,pf

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

64 Variants (1981)
vln, pf

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

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

68 Whirling Wings (2003)
flute

69 The Winds of Exorcism (2014)
Bar, pf

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

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