November 13 - Happy Birthday on Sunday to composer Darleen Mitchell, Associate Professor of composition and organ, University of Nebraska, has written over one hundred works for orchestra, chorus, voice and various instrumental solos and ensembles. Her compositions have been performed by 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, among others.
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. Her Dimensions of Ambient Night, a tour-de-force for solo piano is one of ACA's most requested piano works in recent years. Dr. Mitchell received 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.