Katina Mitchell is a musician, director, and educator based in California. From the cathedral to the castle to the parking garage, her interdisciplinary work pairs a curious mind with historical specialization, spanning medieval morality plays, art music of all kinds, opera, and performance art. As a soprano she has performed with groups such as MicroFest LA, Vajra Voices, Volti San Francisco, Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, Sing-Akademie zu Berlin, The Getty, Bach Collegium San Diego, and her own Ensemble Vocatrix. Favorite opera roles include La Musica (Monteverdi), Papagena (Mozart), Medea (Cavalli), and Edronica (Telemann). As an artistic director and producer she has worked with the USC Film School, St. John's Cathedral in Los Angeles, Ensemble Vocatrix, Sweet Temperament Ensemble, Sokamba Performing Arts Company, and Arts Council for Long Beach (supported by NEA Our Town grant). Her artistic work has been featured on the BBC, NPR: Live in Berlin, KPFK.fm, Ampersand LA, and in the Los Angeles Times.
Recent performance highlights include a chamber music tour to Italy and Germany to perform in medieval castles and churches with guitarist Ines Thomé in the duo Gifts from Over Sea (in collaboration with UNESCO and Museo Civico Castelbuono), a lecture recital at the Velaslavasay Panorama in Los Angeles, multiple recitals with pianist Peter Walsh, a Sokamba premiere with ArtWalk Los Angeles, the world premiere of Mass of the Divine Shepherd at Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage), and Ordo Virtutum at the Berkeley Early Music Festival. Katina has been invited to perform at festivals across North America and Europe, including the Boston Early Music Festival, Olafsfest (Norway), and Vancouver Early Music (supported by the Elaine Adair grant). She holds degrees in music performance from Rice University (BM) and the University of Southern California (DMA), where her doctoral research included creating ten editions of virtuosic chamber music for multiple voices by Roman composer Luigi Rossi. She also holds degrees in German from Rice University (BA) and Middlebury College (MA). Katina serves on the board of the San Diego Children's Choir, the organization with which she began her musical career.