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

28 Images (2019)
viola and guitar

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

32 IN CLOUDS DESCENDING (2018)
Baritone, piano

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

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

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

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

37 JOURNEY TO YELLOW SPRINGS (1985)
tba, chimes

38 Liaisons for Organ (2019)
organ solo

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

40 LOOK DOWN FAIR MOON (2018)
Baritone, piano

41 LUMINOUS MYSTERIES (2006)
2 pianos

42 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.

43 METANOIA (2002)
ORCHESTRA

45 Music for The Little Prince (1982)
solo piano

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

48 O BELOVED SON (2008)
Sop, pf

49 O Dayspring (2002)
Oboe and Piano

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

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

52 ODE TO MY MOTHER (2017)
voice, piano

54 Passages (2001)
vln, vcl, pf

55 PENSÉES (2005)
Baritone, tuba, piano

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

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

59 Sonare (1990)
tuba and piano

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

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

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

63 SONGS OF WOMEN (1994)
Sop, Pno

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

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

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

67 SUITE FOR PIANO (2016)
pf

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

69 THREE MEDIEVAL CAROLS (2007)
flute, tuba

70 THREE MEDIEVAL CAROLS (2019)
horn, tuba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

79 TRANSLUCENT UNREALITY no 5 (1975)
vcl,pf

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

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

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

85 Whirling Wings (2003)
flute

86 The Winds of Exorcism (2014)
Bar, pf

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

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