Bio

Emily Mitchell has earned critical acclaim as “a marvelous harpist” (The New York Times) who captivates her audiences with “playing of the utmost delicacy, beauty and subtlety.” (Records and Recording) In the words of The Washington Post, “Mitchell commands a vivid palette of colors and uses them with imagination.”

Ms. Mitchell has been heard worldwide as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has been profiled on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, the BBC, Radio France, Arts & Entertainment, the New York Times’ WQXR, National Public Radio’s Performance Today and People Magazine among others. Past performances have included Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with Sir James Galway with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in Carnegie Hall, performances before British Royalty at the King’s Lynn Festival, UK, The Waldorf Hotel in New York City and the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., and performing for First Lady Rosalynn Carter at The White House.

Emily Mitchell enjoyed a 30-year career in New York City where she was Principal Harpist for the incomparable Eos Orchestra. She was an established name in the television, motion picture and recording studios of NYC and taught on the distinguished faculties of New York Univeristy and Purchase College. Ms. Mitchell toured the United States as a soloist and chamber musician for Columbia Artists’ Community Concerts for many years. She relocated to Texas in 2008 and was appointed to the music faculties of Stephen F. Austin State and Sam Houston State Universities. She is Artist in Residence at Stephen F. Austin State University. Ms. Mitchell performs with Saint Cecilia Chamber Music Society in Houston, Better Than One harp duo with Jaymee Haefner, and is director of The New Houston Harp Ensemble.

Emily Mitchell’s discography includes her popular voice and Celtic harp recordings for RCA Victor. Championing the works of flutist and composer, Gary Schocker, Changes is her most recent and fourth CD of Schocker music including Garden in Harp and A Harp for Christmas, Volumes 1 and 2, all released on the Albany Records label.

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music with Performer’s Certificate and an Associate with honours from the Royal College of Music, London, Ms. Mitchell won the coveted First Prize at the prestigious Seventh (1979) International Harp Contest in Jerusalem.

Instruction

Performance, Music Education, Composition, BM, MM

Stephen F. Austin State University

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Sam Houston State University

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Upcoming Appearances

Harp in String Orchestra Instruction

SFA Strings Camp

Stephen F Austin State University School of Music

Nacogdoches, TX

Dates: July 2-7, 2017

Ages: Middle School-High School

Apply by June 23, 2017

Harp involvement has been made available at the Stephen F Austin State University School of Music Strings Camp (string orchestras), in Nacogdoches, TX, for middle-school and high-school aged harp students, Sun., July 2 - Fri., July 7, 2017. Housing and meals are provided for Strings Camp students under the supervision of Strings Camp counselors. SFA has two pedal harps, 85CG and Aoyama concert grand, available for use, but it is recommended to bring one's own harp. Apply by June 23, 2017.

Break-down of a day's activities:

  • 8-9 a.m., breakfast
  • 9-12 p.m., rehearsals/sectionals
  • 12-1:30 p.m., lunch and practice time
  • 1:30-3 p.m., electives
  • 3-5 p.m., rehearsal with orchestras
  • 5-6 p.m., dinner
  • 6-9 p.m., evening activities

Emily Mitchell will provide harp instruction during sectionals and electives. Electives will include back to basics such as mastering tying the knot to replace a harp string, replacing wire strings, tuning with and without a tuning box, practicing with a metronome, short cuts to learning music and memorization, good warm-up techniques and sight-reading. Bring Grossi Method for Harp for middle-schoolers and Pozzoli Studies of Medium Difficulty for high schoolers for electives and one or two pieces of standard harp repertoire to perform for evening activities. Harp ensemble repertoire will be provided. Apply for the SFA Strings Camp via the SFA website: sfasu.edu/summer-camps.asp (see Summer Camps | SFASU). Scroll down to Music under Art, Music and Theatre to Strings Camp.

To apply, contact Dr. Gene Moon, moongh@sfasu.edu.

Masque of the Red Death

Faculty Recital

Christina Guenther, flute, Melissa Nabb, viola, Jennifer Dalmas, violin, violin (TBA), Evgeni Raychev, cello

Cole Hall

Stephen F Austin State University

Date: October 19, 2017 at 7:30pm

Debussy Trio and Caplet Conte Fantastique

Better Than One Harp Duo

Jaymee Heafner and Emily Mitchell

Dallas Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon Concert Series

Dallas Public Library

Date: November 19, 2017

New Houston Harp Ensemble

Susanna Campbell, Kimberly DeRosa, Danielle Harmon, Emily Mitchell

St John's Lutheran Church

First Friday Concert Series

San Antonio, TX

Date: December 1, 2017 at 12:00pm

New Houston Harp Ensemble

Susanna Campbell, Kimberly DeRosa, Danielle Harmon, Emily Mitchell

Fayetteville, TX

Date: December 2, 2017

New Houston Harp Ensemble

Susanna Campbell, Kimberly DeRosa, Danielle Harmon, Emily Mitchell

Cypress Creek FACE (Foundation and Community Enrichment) Promenade Series

Cypress, TX

Date: December 12, 2017 at 3:00pm

New Houston Harp Ensemble

Susanna Campbell, Kimberly DeRosa, Danielle Harmon, Emily Mitchell

Astraios Music 10th Anniversary Gala

Expedition Frisco

Frisco, TX

Date: December 15, 2017 at 7:30pm

Gary Schocker Recital

Stephen F Austin State University

Cole Hall

Date: April 7, 2018 at 7:30pm

Contributing performers Christina Guenther, flute, Ron Petti, piano, and Emily Mitchell, harp

Gary Schocker Master Class

Stephen F Austin State University

Cole Hall

Date: April 8, 2018 from 1:00-4:00pm

Harpists outside of SFA are invited to to perform at the master class. Prepare a Gary Schocker harp solo, harp duo, or harp ensemble. Harps available. Contact Emily Mitchell to apply.

Recordings