Angela Mitchell

Host/Announcer

Angela Mitchell

For over a decade, Angela Mitchell has carved out a successful dual career as a radio host and a classically trained soprano, winning over audiences both on the air and on stage. In her current position as Host/Announcer for WCLV Classical 104.9, she hosts the overnight shift Monday through Friday from midnight to 6:00 a.m. She regularly interviews some of the most prominent figures in the industry, such as Joshua Bell, Fabio Luisi, Peter Gelb, Itzhak Perlman, Joyce DiDonato, Alisa Weilerstein, Jonas Kauffmann, Alessio Bax, Danielle DeNiese, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Joseph Calleja. She produces and hosts the monthly in-studio performance program, First Fridays, as well as weekly interviews and other special programming. She has also spearheaded WCLV’s increased efforts to target a younger demographic, in part by launching or managing the station's presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Soundcloud. Over the first nine months of her tenure, the percentage of listeners under the age of 40 doubled.

Ms. Mitchell began her radio career in 2007 as an intern with American Public Media’s Performance Today, where she directed the inaugural intern edition of the show. In addition to screening the thousands of submissions for broadcast that the program receives each year, Ms. Mitchell wrote scripts, researched programming concepts, and assisted host Fred Child with daily production.

Upon moving to Houston in 2010, Ms. Mitchell secured an internship with Houston Public Radio, where she became an instrumental member of the team that launched Classical 91.7, a new, full-time classical music station. While at Classical 91.7, Ms. Mitchell created, produced, and hosted Music in the Making, a one-hour weekly show featuring performances from the schools of music at Rice University and the University of Houston. The program continues to be a staple on Houston airwaves today. During her final year with the station, Ms. Mitchell was promoted from intern to full-time host, a position she held for over a year before relocating to Cleveland to join WCLV.

Ms. Mitchell holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Minnesota.

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Growing the audience for classical music

I responded to Justin Hartley: What a great suggestion! I know that some orchestras are already starting to do this. Have you...

Justin Hartley

The classical music industry could attract a younger crowd by incorporating orchestral music from video games and movies into the program. Video games especially seem to be the new frontier for classical/orchestral music,... Continue reading

Growing the audience for classical music

I responded to Sean Williams: I totally agree that it's important to present music by living composers alongside the classic...

Sean Williams

Without some sort of means for younger listeners to appreciate the importance of classical music, it's going to be very difficult to get them involved. Most important is to take more popular forms and different... Continue reading

Growing the audience for classical music

I responded to Patricia Senkar: So many great points, Patricia! I completely agree that we should not change the MUSIC itself. It...

Patricia Senkar

I had a marginal exposure to classical music growing up in the 60's and 70s. My folks listened to music a lot on the radio from classical to big band stuff, Spike Jones and the Mills Brothers to the smoother sounds of the... Continue reading

Growing the audience for classical music

I responded to Linda Kempke: Great comments, Linda. The music itself is not the problem, and the industry should never dumb...

Linda  Kempke

The industry needs to be who they are and to do all things with excellence. Making repertoire, venues, performance dates and times, and prices accessible to younger audiences is, I believe, the correct path. My personal... Continue reading

Growing the audience for classical music

I responded to Marc Goodman: I agree that music should be taught in school! Though I am a member of the younger generation...

Marc Goodman

Classical Music in Schools and from parents. Low cost tix and rush seats (especially at Severence Hall)!  Sections for those who want to be on their cell phones is the most stupid thing I have ever heard. OF COURSE it will... Continue reading

Growing the audience for classical music

I responded to Jan Milic: Great comments, Jan. Do you think that these things need to be taught at home, in school, or a...

Jan Milic

The shortened programs with socializing after the concert seems to be helping at Severance Hall.  I DO NOT think there is a place for social media to be perused during a concert.  It is bad enough to have a maverick cell... Continue reading

Growing the audience for classical music

I responded to Be Bowman: Love this idea. Thank you for sharing! 

Be Bowman

Recently I attended a conference dinner in Toronto. There was a fun 'game' involving answers to all sorts of questions via smart phones. Let's offer some fun evenings involving questions about classical music, to be... Continue reading

Growing the audience for classical music

I responded to WILLIAM Crew: Thank you for sharing this memory! I agree that it's extremely important to introduce music to...

WILLIAM Crew

In grade school, the Cleve. Metro School Board offered a mandatory full day visit to a Cleve. Symphony Orch. performance whereupon classical music was not performed but was explained as an introduction to the artform.  We... Continue reading

Growing the audience for classical music

People have been claiming that classical music is dying for hundreds of years now, and yet, the art form persists. However, we should still be concerned: the National Endowment for the Arts reported that in 2012, only 8.8%...

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