Arilyn Mitchell, Harpist
I love volunteering at Newport Hospital. This was a very sweet moment for me. :)
I have been very blessed to have had many wonderful teachers, and they have each helped me grow as a musician. A special thanks to them for sharing their knowledge with me.
I am currently studying with Carl Swanson in Boston and Emmanuel Ceysson in New York City. My former teachers include Ina Zdorovetchi, Janelle Lake, Kelsey Molinari, Laura Hodges, Valerie Muzzolini-Gordon, Rebecca Bodrero, Carol McClure, and Heidi Jellison.
I am very happy to be in the Newport, Rhode Island area, and I am looking forward to playing for others, and sharing my love of music.
I am pleased to have had many opportunities to enhance important celebrations. I have played at weddings, both indoors and outside, and even for one on a vintage steam ship. I also enjoy playing at nursing homes, and various care facilities. I play at the Newport Hospital once a week, splitting my time between the Cancer and Rehabilitation wards and the Courtyard. I was accepted into the prestigious Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and will begin rehearsals in September.
I am the youngest of six children. My father is a U.S. Navy Chief, and we have moved a lot during my life. I have lived in England, and across the United States, and have had a lot of adventures along the way.
My family is very musical. It was never a matter of "if" I was going to play an instrument, because all of my brothers and sisters, as well as my mom, played regularly. After trying the flute, I decided to try the harp, and it was a match made in heaven!
Paul Marotta, Perfect Bokeh Photography
At the end of the official recital in Gargilesse, the professor, Gabriella Dall-Olio, invited me to play my transcription of Fazil Say's "Alla Turca Jazz" as the rest of the students were walking out and bowing. It was a wonderful and cheerful way to wrap up the Academie!
My solo repertoire ranges from Baroque to Modern, with a dash of Jazz, a generous sprinkling of Classical, topped off with a pinch of Romance.
This is a recording from my performance at the final recital for the Pierre Jamet International Harp Festival, in Gargilesse-Dampierre, France. The recital was held in the Église Saint-Laurent et Notre- Dame de Gargilesse-Dampierre, locally known as the Eglise Romane (the church), which was built in the 12th century.
I was named an Honorable Mention of the 2017 YoungArts national competition, and was named one of the winners of the 2015 Boston Harp Festival's competition (Stars of Tomorrow.) I am also a past first prize holder of the Junior Division of the Greater Chicago Area Chapter of the American Harp Sociaty's Scholarship Competition.
In the summer of 2015, I was fortunate enough to be accepted into the prestigious Boston University Tanglewood Institute as one of only four harp students. I got to perform in the distinguished Seji Ozawa Hall, as well at the Koussevitzsky Shed, on the main Tanglewood campus.
In the summer of 2017, I had a very busy few months! I went on tour with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, to Peru, Argentina, and Uruguay! We had six concerts, spanning 13 days, with intense community outreach working with local young musicians. Many of the outreaches were with El Sistema- inspired programs.
I also was an intern at the 50th Pierre Jamet International Harp Festival, held in Gargilesse- Dampierre, France. I was able to have lessons with many of the great European harp legends, such as Marie-Claire Jamet, Catherine Michel, Isabelle Moretti, Fabrice Pierre, Park Stickney, and Gabriella Dall-Olio. I performed the the first of Andre Caplet's brilliant Divertissements for harp, Divertissement a la francaise at the final recital.
These are some videos that were taken in a room that was undergoing renovation at the Hotel Viking, and had been stripped to the bare bones.
Some of my favourite solo composers:
Debussy, Faure, Pierne, Renie, Handel, Hindemith, Naderman,Godefroid, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Chertok, Desmond, Boieldieu,Zabel, Morrison, Henson- Conant.
2017-2018 Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
2017-2018 Fall River Symphony Orchestra
2016-2017 Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
2016 MMEA Southeast District Festival, Senior Orchestra
2015 Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Young Artists Harp Program
2014-2015 Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
2013-2014 Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra
2012-2013 Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra
2012-2013 Bremerton Symphony Orchestra
2011-2013 Bremerton Symphony Youth Orchestra