Jon Mitchell, Conductor
Timothy McFarland, Assistant Conductor
Melanie Maz, Manager
Jon Mitchell, conductor
A native of Chicago, Jon Ceander Mitchell is conductor of the Boston Neo-politan Chamber Orchestra. He also conducts the Chamber Orchestra at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he is also Professor of Music. Prior to his 1992 arrival in Boston, he held full-time music faculty positions at The University of Georgia, Carnegie Mellon University, and Hanover College. He also served as conductor and music director of the North Pittsburgh Civic Symphony.
In recent years he has done a significant amount of guest conducting, including the Staro Zagora State Opera Chorus and Orchestra (Bulgaria), Sinfonia Bucuresti (Romania), Archangelsk (Russia) Chamber Orchestra, Filharmonia Sudecka of Walbrzych, Poland, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic (Zlin, Czech Republic), Hradec Kralove Philharmonic (Czech Republic), the Vratza, Bulgaria Philharmonic, the Pazardjik, Bulgaria Symphony Orchestra, the Keweenaw Symphony (Michigan), Metropolitan Wind Symphony, and The Longy School Orchestra. Among the performing artists that have appeared with him are pianists Grigorios Zamparas, Eileen Hutchins, Yoko Hagino, Jeffrey Jacob, Zofia Antes, Linnea Bardarson, and Timothy McFarland, sopranos Marilyn Bulli and Suzanne Ehly, tenor Randy McGee, baritone David Giessow, violinist Shufang Du, cellists Priscilla Taylor, Pamela Ambrose and Georgy Stefan, flutists Jessi Rossinski, Elaine Baker D'Angelo, and Judy Grant, clarinetists Wojtech Mrozak and Chester Bresniak, hornist Anne Howarth, trumpeter Seelan Manickam, trombonist Seth Hamlin and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano.
He has appeared as conductor on a number of CD releases for Centaur Records. The latest, Anton Rubinstein: Piano Concerti No. 3 in G and 4 in D minor, features Grigorios Zamparas and the Philharmonia Bulgarica. Gustav Holst: Composer as Arranger, also recorded with the Philharmonia Bulgarica, features Holsts Greeting as well as incidental music and the composers arrangements of suites by Henry Purcell. The Youthful Beethoven includes his own reconstruction of Beethovens Piano Concerto in E Flat, W.o.O. 4, plus his own completion of the composers Romance Cantabile (H13), as well as the seldom-recorded Ritterballet (W.o.O. 1). This CD again features pianist Grigorios Zamparas and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic of Zlin, The Czech Republic. Another CD recorded with same orchestra includes Beethovens own piano transcription of his Violin Concerto, Op. 61 as well as the spurious Concerto in D, Kinsky Anh. 7. Pianist Linnéa Bardarson is the featured soloist.
His research covers many areas, but is centered mostly on two composers: Holst and Beethoven. He has over seventy publications, including five published books, an edition featuring the orchestral realization of Beethoven's Concerto in E Flat, WoO 4 (2010), Ralph Vaughan Williams Wind Works (2008), The Braunschweig Scores: Felix Weingartner and Erich Leinsdorf on Beethovens First Four Symphonies (2005), A Comprehensive Biography of Composer Gustav Holst (2001) and From Kneller Hall to Hammersmith: The Band Works of Gustav Holst (1990).
He received the Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from Millikin University, the Master of Science in Music Education from the University of Illinois and the Doctor of Education in Music Education degree from the same institution of higher learning. His conducting mentor at University of Illinois was Harry Begian and since that time he has studied with Florin Totan, Victor Feldbrill, and Jonathan Sternberg, and has attended workshops headed by Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Elizabeth Green, H. Robert Reynolds, and Craig Kirchhoff.
Timothy McFarland, Assistant Conductor
A former student of Russell Sherman, Mr. McFarland performs frequently in the Boston area as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and as chamber music collaborator. He has premiered works by Robert Ceeley, Peter Lieberson, David Patterson, and Daniel Pinkham. Mr. McFarland serves as the Music Director of the Belmont Symphony Orchestra. He is a faculty member and former director of the New School of Music and is also an Affiliate Artist at MIT.