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Mitchell’s Bio

MITCHELL KORN is one of our nation’s most important leaders in music and arts education strategic planning, advocacy and interdisciplinary education. He is the Founder and President of MitchellKornArts and the Vanderbilt University, Blair School of Music Professor for Music and Community, a Bard College Senior Fellow and a former Harvard University Graduate School of Education and Yale School of Music lecturer.

At Vanderbilt, Professor Korn teaches popular courses in career preparedness, non-profits, artistic production, advocacy, and arts administration. He also serves as the Ingram Scholars Advisor for Community Service, Faculty VUceptor, and has been recruited for a four-year appointment to the Chancellor’s Committee on Religious Life. Recently, The University of California Press has designated Mitchell as a peer reviewer for an academic publication concerning musicians and music careers.

As a noted advisor and arts education strategic planner, he has recently developed: the education plan for the new Cleveland School of the Arts, and a simultaneous arts education master plan for the Cleveland schools (CMSD) on behalf of a consortium of foundations including the Gund Foundation and the Cleveland Foundation; and education strategic plans for Hartford Symphony, Pensacola Symphony and Portland Symphony. He is advisor to the Artistic Director/CEO of the Nashville Ballet in artistic and institution-wide affairs. Mitchell is also an advisor to composer Richard Danielpour and singer songwriter Eli Teplin. He continues in his 20th consecutive year as education advisor to the Cleveland Orchestra Learning Through Music Program.

The Wall Street Journal has called him a “one man arts education industry.” Symphony Magazine called him a “music education guru.” He has been a leading arts and arts education advisor for decades. He is credited with creating, designing and implementing the nation’s most important and sustainable arts education initiatives including San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music (celebrating its 29th anniversary), New York’s Annenberg Initiative (20th year), Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education -CAPE (21st year), The Cleveland Orchestra’s Learning Through Music (20th year), and many more. His extensive work for philanthropy includes the Heinz Endowment, MacArthur Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, GE Fund, and Dayton Hudson Foundation. He is the recipient of numerous awards and tributes including Parents Magazine “As They Grow” Award, honoring his efforts in “making the world a safer, healthier, and happier place for children.”