Bio

Jack Mitchener has recently been appointed Director of the Townsend-McAfee Institute of Church Music, Associate Professor of Organ in the Townsend School of Music and University Organist at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.  He also serves as Organist/Choirmaster at the historic Christ Episcopal Church in the same city.  A former faculty member at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, he also has served on the faculties of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Salem College, the Eastman School of Music (Community Education Division) and the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.


Dr. Mitchener has concertized widely and received critical acclaim for his “expressive and original playing” and his “poetic style” (The American Organist).  He has given recitals, lectures, and master classes for national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the Music Teachers National Association, the Association of Anglican Musicians, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians (Montreat Conference), the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, and the Historical Keyboard Society in North America.  He has performed in notable venues such as the Church of St. Sulpice and the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, St. Thomas Church, New York City, the Augustinerkirche (St. Augustine’s) in Vienna, the St. Jacobikirche in Lübeck, Germany, and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.  He also has collaborated with renowned musicians such as Nick Eanet (Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), the Mendelssohn and Ying String Quartets, lutenist Paul O’Dette, baroque flutists Sandra Miller and Rebecca Troxler, and composer John Corigliano.  A laureate in the Philadelphia American Guild of Organists Competition, Music Teachers National Association National Organ Competition, and Dublin International Organ Competition, his performances have been heard in concert and in broadcasts (such as Pipe Dreams) throughout the USA and Europe.  In June 2012, he toured Asia giving recitals, master classes, lectures, and workshops in Hong Kong and Japan.  He also has spent the last two summers in residence at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.  In July 2013 he will serve on the faculty for the Birmingham AGO Pipe Organ Encounter (POE).  His work as a collaborative artist can be heard on five compact discs, and his solo recordings are available on the Raven label.  His CD Dulcet Tones: Jack Mitchener Plays the Salem Tannenberg has garnered praise by the critics: “Superb…an impressive and rather moving listening experience” (International Record Review, London).


Jack Mitchener’s repertoire includes extensive works from the early literature, the complete organ works of J. S. Bach, many major compositions of the 19 th century, and premières of new works by Emma Lou Diemer, Dan Locklair, Margaret Vardell Sandresky, and Robert Ward (winner of the Pulitzer Prize).  A former organ student of Marie-Claire Alain, Guy Bovet, David Craighead, David Higgs, Susan Landale, Louise Leach (his first organ teacher), John Mueller, Robert Murphy, and Russell Saunders, he also studied improvisation with Gerre Hancock.   He studied piano with James Cobb, Louise Leach, Kimberly Kabala, and Clifton Matthews and harpsichord with Arthur Haas and Huguette Dreyfus.   He holds two master’s degrees and the Doctor of Musical Arts as well as the Performer’s Certificate in both organ and harpsichord from The Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.   His undergraduate degree is from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.   During his two years studying in Paris, he won the Médaille d’or (Gold Medal), Prix d’Excellence , and Prix de Virtuosité at the Conservatoire National de Rueil-Malmaison, France.


He has served on competition juries including the recorded round of the AGO National Competition (NYACOP) and the Biarritz International Organ Competition in France.   In March 2013 he will serve on the jury of the William C. Hall Pipe Organ Competition in San Antonio, Texas.


In addition to teaching and performing, Jack Mitchener has had a long career in the field of church music, serving several congregations including the American Cathedral in Paris and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, NC, where he played the historic E.M. Skinner organ, Opus 712.  For the American Guild of Organists, he has been a chapter dean and a member of the National Committee on Professional Education.  In addition, he was President of the Board of Trustees of the Moravian Music Foundation, is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and has been cited in numerous Who’s Who publications.  Jack Mitchener is a member of Windwerk Artists Management.  For more information, visit www.jackmitchener.com .

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