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Stephen Mitchell - Madrigal Singers Director

Stephen Mitchell
Stephen W. Mitchell is in his eleventh year as Director of Music at Athens First United Methodist Church, Athens, Georgia, where he directs the Sanctuary Choir, Chamber Ensemble and two handbell choirs and oversees an extensive choral, instrumental and handbell program.  Stephen is also in his seventh year as Director of the Athens Choral Society, an 80 voice, non-auditioned community chorus.  Recent concerts with the ACS have included Bach Magnificat, Cherubini Requiem, Rutter Magnificat and Mass of the Children, Rheinberger Star of Bethlehem and Copland Old American Song.  A native of Pensacola, Florida, Stephen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Birmingham-Southern College.  Stephen was a Choral Scholar at Wells Cathedral in Wells, England from 1992-1996, where he sang daily evensong in the choir of men and boys, recorded several CD’s and performed live on radio and television broadcasts and in concerts throughout Europe, South America and the US.  Stephen is a member of the Capitol City Opera Madrigal Singers and will serve as the group’s director beginning in the fall of 2012.  Active in many professional organizations, Stephen currently serves on the design team for the National Convocation of The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, having previously served as a member of the organization’s National Council.  Stephen is active as a choral clinician having recently conducted festivals Colorado, North Carolina, Florida and Virginia. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys travelling, spending time at the beach and working on his loft – a converted church!