David Mitchell is an Edmonton string educator, composer and church musician. With a BMus from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a MMus from the University of Alberta, as well as extensive training in Suzuki pedagogy, David has taught a large violin and viola studio in Edmonton since 2001. David is also a sessional instructor in violin and viola at Concordia University of Edmonton.
Former Music Director at the Society for Talent Education, David recently founded the Largesse School of Musical Arts, offering a comprehensive program of private and group instruction to young string students. Keenly engaged in offering learning opportunities to string students in Edmonton, David serves as Executive Director for Stringspiration, a newly developed string music camp at Concordia University of Edmonton.
David has long history conducting that includes student ensembles, church choirs, and new music concerts. David’s conducting sparked the development of an expanded orchestral program at the STE due to his dynamic, student focussed approach. As a conductor, David has studied with Noel Edison, Michael Purvis-Smith and Leonard Ratzlaff.
Playing piano and organ, David served for seven years as Music Coordinator at Maranatha CRC, and has served for over 10 years as Music Director at Concordia Lutheran Seminary. David has been a key organizing member of the Worship and Music Symposia held annually at Concordia University of Edmonton.
David regularly writes and arranges music for student orchestras and for use in worship services. He has created the arrangements used by the Suzuki Charter School at their annual Winspear concerts
for the last three years. As an ensemble director David regularly uses his experience as an arranger to create tailored material that support students in successful performances.
David is husband to Paula with whom he is raising three young men. They are active members at Concordia Lutheran Church and love to camp, garden and ski.