Voci is delighted to announce that our Spring 2017 season will be guest conducted by Bay Area Conductor and Composer — and founding Voci Artistic Director — Mitchell Covington! Mitchell will step in for Voci Artistic Director, Anne Hege, as she prepares to go out on maternity leave. Mitchell’s guest appointment provides a wonderful closing of the circle on Voci’s first 25 years, while providing singers with the opportunity to learn and grow under another great leader’s direction.
Mitchell Covington is an accomplished choral and orchestral conductor who has led many exquisite ensembles over a 30-year career, directing choirs and orchestras in performances in the United States and throughout Europe. He was the founding director of Voci Women’s Chamber Choir (now Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble) from 1991–1995, directed the Bay Choral Guild from 1995–2001, and led a seven-choir music program with over 300 participants at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley for 23 years.
Mitchell is also an award-winning composer, working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His compositions include works for orchestra, chorus, stage, film, television and video games. He has been awarded the Aaron Copland Foundation Meet the Composer Award, a regional Emmy award, and several film festival awards and prizes. His scores have appeared in international film festivals and on prime-time, nationally broadcast television, and several of his compositions are published by major U.S. publishers.
Mitchell received a Masters degree in Conducting from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, graduating with honors. At USC he studied choral conducting with Rod Eichenberger, Orchestral Conducting with Hanz Beer and Choral Arranging with Morten Lauridsen. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the American Choral Director’s Association-Western Division, and is the Artistic Director of the Durufle in Paris Choral Festival. He frequently serves as guest conductor and clinician for church and high school choirs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and as adjudicator and clinician for choir festivals and conferences.
Read more about Mitchell on his website.