Clyde Mitchell is Music Director of the Lions Gate Sinfonia, a professional chamber orchestra in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He is a former winner of the Canada Council's Heinz Unger Award, awarded to "Canada's Most Promising Conductor." Previously held positions include Associate Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony, Music Director ofthe Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Georgian Bay, Huronia, and Hamilton Symphonies, and Wilfrid Laurier University. His training as a conductor includes a Masterof Music from California State University in Long Beach, and an Artist Diploma from the University of Southern California.
Clyde originally trained as a French Horn player, earning a B. Mus. from Louisiana State University and Master of Arts from Cal. State University, Northridge. Prior to pursuing conducting, Clyde enjoyed a successful career as Principal Horn of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Colombia in Bogotá, the Tucson Symphony in Arizona, and Associate Principal Horn of the prestigious Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit, when he also taught French Horn, Chamber Music, and Brass Choir at McGill University.
Clyde Mitchell's active guest conducting schedule has taken him to Canada's top orchestras: the Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Edmonton symphonies, the National Arts Centre and CBC Orchestras. Recent guest conducting appearances include the Houston Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Jacksonville (FL) Symphony,National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and the Canadian Opera Company, as well as orchestras in Romania, Czech Republic, and Japan. An enthusiastic advocate for music education, Clyde has conducted Honour Orchestras and Bands in British Columbia, Ontario,California, Colorado, Washington, and Pennsylvania.
Clyde often works as guest Host for TV and radio broadcasts and is the host for the Classical Music television show “Masterworks” on BC's Public Television Station, The Knowledge Network. Mr. Mitchell has also served as guest host for CBC Radio’s listener request show, “As You Like It.”
Clyde is married to Sarah Jackson and he divides his time between British Columbia and southern California.