Heather Mitchell is one of two Conductors-in-Residence at Manhattan Concert Productions. There she also serves as a development associate and is the Operations Manager and Alto for the Manhattan Chorale (MCP’s in-house professional choir). In addition, she is the Artistic Director for the Hopewell Valley Chorus and is an Alto for the Manhattan Choral Ensemble.
As a specialist in unfamiliar repertoire (e.g. the Schumann Requiem), this year Heather founded the professional vocal ensemble, FIVE LINES, to perform such works and bring attention to pieces by major composers that have been overlooked.
Heather was the author of “A Reconsideration of the Performance of the Chorales in J.S. Bach’s Passio secundum Johannem, BWV 245,” the featured article in Choral Journal April 2017. It focuses on the proper performance practice of Bach’s chorales, even beyond those in the St. John Passion.
Her teaching spans from children’s choirs to collegiate. Most notably, she was a director with the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, the head of the choral department at Anoka Ramsey Community College, Cambridge Campus, MN, and a music professor at Rollins College, FL.
In 2006, Heather earned the Emerging Conductor Award from the Minnesota Chorale and has received Outstanding Conductor and Outstanding Achievement in Choral Music awards. She has been sought out as a clinician and judge for many choral festivals, including the Arizona Music Educators Association, All American Music Festival, and OrlandoFest.
She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral and orchestral conducting from the University of Arizona and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Saint Cloud State University, Minnesota. She was a student of Dr. Bruce Chamberlain, Dr. Elizabeth Schauer, and Dr. Lee Nelson. She served as Repertory and Standards chair for the Arizona State American Choral Directors Association and as president of the Saint Cloud State Chapter for the Minnesota State American Choral Directors Association.