John MitchenerMagnolia Baroque Festival: The Artists
...John Mitchener, organJohn Mitchener
has concertized widely in the United States, Europe, and Japan receiving critical acclaim for his
"expressive and original playing" (The American Organist).He
has given recitals, lectures, and master classes for conventions of the American Guild of Organists
(AGO), the Music Teachers National Association
(MTNA), the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, and the Anglican and Presbyterian Associations of Musicians
.In June 2000 he served on the faculty for the National Conferences on Worship and Music at Montreat, N.C. In 2003 he completed a series of 15 recitals in which he performed the complete organ works of J. S. Bach, some 250 pieces of music.His
performances have been heard numerous times on radio and television including such programs as National Public Radio's Pipe Dreams, the Austrian National Radio, and The Joy of Music.His work as a collaborative artist can be heard on five CD recordings.
Solo recordings on the JAV and Raven labels will be released in 2007.He is a former organist of the American Cathedral in Paris, and he has won prizes in numerous organ competitions including the MTNA National, Philadelphia AGO, and Dublin International Competitions.John Mitchener
began formal piano instruction under Dr. James Cobb and later studied piano and organ with Louise Leach.
...Formerly on the faculties of the Eastman School of Music Community Education Division and the Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, N.Y., John Mitchener is currently Kenan Professor of Organ at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Associate Professor of Organ and College Organist at Salem College, and Organist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.His
students have distinguished themselves by serving churches, colleges, and universities throughout the country and by winning the Liszt International Organ Competition in Hungary, the MTNA State, Regional, and National Organ Competitions and the AGO Region IV Competition.Three of his
students have been MTNA national finalists and two have been national winners.In addition to his teaching, concertizing, and church work, John Mitchener serves as a member of the National Committee on Professional Education of the American Guild of Organists based in New York, NY.He also is a former Dean of the Winston-Salem chapter of the AGO and he served three years as President of the Board of Trustees of the Moravian Music Foundation.He is married to the Rev. Julia Boyd Mitchener, Associate Rector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, NC.