Matthew Mitchell is pursuing a B.M. in Clarinet Performance from the renowned University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Originally from Gainesville, Florida, Matthew relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio to study the art of performance. His primary teachers include Ronald Aufmann and Dale Fedele, with a 5-month study from acclaimed soloist Michael Rusinek. His accolades include a 1st prize win of the Sarah Baird Fouse Wind Award with Debussy’s “Première Rhapsodie,” receipt of The National John Phillip Sousa Band Award, and selection for the Florida All-State Musician on Bb Clarinet in 2019 and on Eb Clarinet in 2021.
In his education, he has studied in masterclasses from some of the top musicians in the field, including Mariam Adam, The Army Field Band Clarinet Quartet, Christopher Pell, Ixi Chen, Joe Morris, Musician First Class Arianna Beyer, Lynn Musco, and Mitchell Estrin. Matthew specializes in Eb Clarinet, and also doubles on saxophone and flute. He currently performs in the prestigious CCM Wind Symphony, CCM Concert Orchestra, and as Principal Alto Saxophone in the Bearcat Bands Advanced Wind Ensemble. He performed as principal clarinetist in the Alachua County Youth Orchestra in the 2020-2021 season. In August 2021, Matthew helped found the Queen City Clarinet Quartet, a quartet dedicated to performing advanced literature of a wide range of styles and diverse and underrepresented composers.
His professional affiliations include the International Clarinet Association, the Cincinnati Clarinet Consortium (C3), and Music360’s Digital Clarinet Academy. Outside of music, Matthew works as a Digital Philanthropy Center Associate at the UC Foundation, as a Volunteer Elementary Tutor at Pleasant Ridge Montessori School, and is pursuing a degree certificate in Italian Language and Culture from the University of Cincinnati. Matthew is a part of the next generation of musicians who are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion for all in music performance and education.
You can find Matthew’s 2022 Winter Music Competition clarinet performance here.