Mitchell WechslerBorn and raised in New York City, Mitchell started performing at an early age, singing in the children's chorus at the Metropolitan Opera and touring in the role of Trouble in Puccini's Madame Butterfly at the New York City Opera. Mitch started his trumpet studies while attending LaGuardia High School of Music and Art. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Hartford as a student of Chris Gekker, and a Master of Music degree from Rice University, having studied with Armando Ghitalla. Mitch was then awarded a graduate assistantship to join the Bulldog Brass Quintet at the University of Georgia. While working on a Doctor of Music degree, he performed and toured extensively as a featured artist with his teacher, Fred Mills of the Canadian Brass.
As a member of the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra (Verbier, Switzerland) for two summers, Mitch performed under the baton of Wolfgang Sawallisch, Kent Nagano, Zubin Mehta, Yuri Temirkanov and Artistic Director, James Levine. He then toured with Maestro Levine and Maestro Paavo Järvi to Europe, North and South America, performing on world-class stages including Carnegie Hall, Philhamonie (Berlin, Germany), Tonhalle (Zurich, Switzerland) and Sala Sao Palo (Brazil). Having performed with New World Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, Miami City Ballet, Charleston Symphony, Toledo Symphony and the Grant Park Symphony, Mitch also enjoys the diversity of performing in Big Band (Motor City Jazz Orchestra), Salsa y Merengue, Music Theater (Broadway Theater Guild Orchestra), and chamber music (Little German Band). Since moving to Michigan two years ago, Mitch has performed with Grand Rapids Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, and as principal trumpet of West Shore Symphony and Jackson Symphony (Spring 2005). Now living in Detroit, he performs with Toledo Symphony, Windsor Symphony and Ann Arbor Symphony.
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