Jack Mitchener

Jack Mitchener

Associate Professor of Organ

Contact Information


Bibbins Hall 132
(440) 775-8210

Jack Mitchener

Educational Background

  • D.M.A., M.M. and Performer’s Certificate (organ), M.M. and Performer’s Certificate (harpsichord), Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester
  • Prix d’Excellence and Prix de Virtuosité (organ) and Médaille d’or (harpsichord), Conservatoire National de Région de Rueil-Malmaison, France
  • B.M., University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Organ study with Marie-Claire Alain, Guy Bovet, David Craighead, David Higgs, Susan Landale, Louise Leach, John Mueller, Robert Murphy, and Russell Saunders
  • Harpsichord study with Huguette Dreyfus and Arthur Haas
  • Piano study with Kimberly Kabala, Louise Leach, and Clifton Matthews
  • Improvisation and Church Music study with J. Melvin Butler, Richard Erickson, Gerre Hancock, Marie Rolf, and Margaret Sandresky

Prior Teaching Experience
•    Kenan Professor of Organ and Chair, Keyboard Department, University of North Carolina School of the Arts (1995-2008)
•    Associate Professor of Organ and College Organist, Salem College (1995-2008)
•    Associate Instructor of Organ, Eastman School of Music, Community Education Division (1992-95)
•    Instructor of Organ, Colgate-Rochester Divinity School (1992-95)

•    Recitals for National and Regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and Organ Historical Society (OHS)
•    Additional performances sponsored by the Anglican Association of Musicians, the Music Teachers National Association, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, the Royal School of Church Music, the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society, the Society for Seventeenth Century Music as well as numerous colleges, conservatories, and universities
•    Many other performances on organ, harpsichord, and piano with choirs, chamber ensembles, and orchestra including concerts with members of the Mendelssohn String Quartet, Nick Eanet (concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Lutenist Paul O’Dette, and baroque flutists Sandra Miller and Rebecca Troxler
•    Complete organ works of J. S. Bach played in 15 recitals (2000-2003)
•    Several tours to Europe including concerts in Austria, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, and Switzerland
•    Recent recitals in Paris at the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the Church of Saint Sulpice
•    Premieres of works by Emma Lou Diemer, Dan Locklair, Margaret Vardell Sandresky, and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Ward
•    Appearances at the Piccolo Spoleto, North Carolina Bach, and Magnolia Baroque, Festivals as well as festivals in Europe (Lübeck, Germany; Zwettl, Austria; Cracow, Poland)

•    “An excellent recital by Jack Mitchener, whose program displayed a technique both facile and expressive and an originality that never lapsed into the mannered.” (The American Organist)
•    “His playing possesses great power and solidity.  This was a very impressive performance in every way.” (The Diapason)
•    “Mitchener played throughout the evening with polish and style, whether in the varied French works (F. Couperin, Dupré, Franck, Messiaen, Milhaud, and Saint-Saëns) or in Bach’s Great Fugue in G Major (the Gigue)” (The Greensboro News and Record)
•    “Mitchener’s playing matched the diverse challenges this program set.  The audience was immediately on its feet as the Dupré notes died away.” (The Greensboro News and Record)
•    “Mitchener’s playing was always poetic and quietly confident.  He brought a particularly rare eloquence to Franck’s Chorale in B minor.” (Classical Voice of North Carolina, CVNC online)

Dulcet Tones: Jack Mitchener Plays the Salem Tannenberg (Raven Recordings)
•    “Each of the pieces on this disc benefits from this fine musician’s playing.”
•    “Superb…an impressive and rather moving listening experience.”
•    “This very well-filled CD is a rare treat.”
The International Record Review (reprinted in The Organ, Feb-April 2010).
•    “This recording is like a breath of fresh air…”“Jack Mitchener’s playing is brilliant and sensitive.”

The Diapason
•    “Mitchener brings all of this music to life with his supple rhythmic control, clear phrasing, energy, and sensitivity.” - The American Organist

Silent Night
(Christmas CD with The Bel Canto Company)
•    “Sir David Willcocks’s classic arrangement of “O Come, All Ye Faithful” is gloriously rendered and features a dazzling organ improvisation by Jack Mitchener.”  - Winston-Salem Journal

Recordings and Broadcasts
•    Solos CD: Dulcet Tones: Jack Mitchener Plays the Salem Tannenberg
•    Solo CDs of romantic organ music are forthcoming in 2011 and 2012
•    Five CDs showcasing collaborative work
•    Live broadcasts for NPR affiliate stations, American Public Media’s “Pipedreams,” broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio, television broadcasts (including a recording of a recital on “The Joy of Music”), and the Austrian National Radio

•    A top prize winner, Dublin International Organ Competition
•    National Winner, Music Teachers National Association Organ Competition
•    Winner, Philadelphia AGO Competition
•    Member of the jury of the recorded round of the 2004 AGO National Young Artists Competition in Organ Playing
•    Member of the jury, International Organ Competition in Biarritz, France (October 2009)

Master Classes
Numerous master classes and workshops throughout the USA sponsored by:
•    Chapters of the American Guild of Organists (AGO)
•    The Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM)
•    The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM)
•    The Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM): The Montreat Conference
•    The Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
•    Numerous colleges, conservatories, and universities including Syracuse, Notre Dame, Kansas, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts
•    Faculty for the Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) – Advanced in Boston, Summer 2011 (a program for the most advanced high school organists in the USA)

Church Music Experience

•    Many years of experience serving as organist and choirmaster in several denominations including Episcopalian, French Reformed, Roman Catholic, and United Methodist congregations
•    Former Organist, The American Cathedral in Paris

Professional Affiliations

•    AGO Committee on Professional Education (2004-10)
•    Board Member, Cleveland Chapter of the AGO (since 2011)
•    Member of the following: American Bach Society, American Guild of Organists, Association of Anglican Musicians, Organ Historical Society, Southeastern and Midwestern Historical Keyboard Societies, and the Westfield Center for Keyboard Studies
•    President, Board of Trustees, Moravian Music Foundation (2002-05); Board Member and Chair of the Music Committee (1998-2002)
•    Dean, Winston-Salem Chapter of the AGO (1997-99)

Awards and Honors

•    Award for Excellence in Teaching, Eastman School of Music (1994)
•    Member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Music Society
•    Elected to Who’s Who in America and International Who’s Who

Accomplishments of Students
•    Three National Winners, MTNA National Organ Competition
•    National winner, Federation of Music Clubs Competition
•    Winner, Liszt International Organ Competition
•    Winner, AGO Region IV Organ Competition
•    Second Place Winner, Arthur Poister National Organ Competition
•    Former students have concert careers, are recording artists, serve churches, colleges, music schools, and universities throughout the USA and in Mexico