Monica Mitchell, soprano, has been an active singer throughout Southern California appearing in opera, light opera and musicals, recitals and concerts. She has sung the roles of Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Laetitia in the opera “The Old Maid and the Thief”, First Lady in “The Magic Flute”, Annina in “La Traviata”, and also appeared in Victor Borge’s production of “Carmen.” She has worked with such companies as The Los Angeles Guild Opera, Inland Cities Opera, Golden West Opera Theater and The South Bay Light Opera Society, among others. Ms. Mitchell has performed as a soloist with the Peninsula Symphony and toured the Tuscany region ofltaly and Switzerland with the Siena Festival Orchestra as a featured soloist performing operatic duets and arias. In Los Angeles, she performed extensively with Opera West, a chamber group of singers and instrumentalists. Other musical engagements include solo recitals celebrating the music of such composers as Gershwin, Porter and Kern. Her oratorio engagements include soprano soloist for Handel’s “Messiah”, Bralnn’s “Ein Deutsches Requiem,” and Vivaldi’s “Gloria.”
Ms. Mitchell’s teaching career includes vocal instruction for students of all ages and many of her students have become professional singers. Her studios have included Amuse Music Center in Palos Verdes, where she also served as a voice instructor for the applied music program at Marymount University, and presently maintains a private voice studio in Torrance teaching students of all ages. Her classroom experience includes chorus director for Walteria Elementary School as well as a classroom music instructor, and substitute teaching for Torrance and Palos Verdes, CA.
She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from California State University, Northridge and her graduate studies were taken at California State University Long Beach and include voice training with Shigemi Matsumoto, as well as with Dr. Thomas Cleveland at the University of Southern California. She also holds a single subject teaching credential in Music. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Music Teachers’ Association of California South Bay Branch, of which she served as President in 2010-2012, and the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association. She was most recently a six year soloist with the Torrance Civic Chorale performing traditional and contemporary music with orchestra.