Alexis Mitchell is a freelance oboist and English horn player native to Arizona, and currently located in Boston. Alexis plays oboe and English horn in the Du Bois Orchestra and is the adjunct oboe instructor at Bridgewater State University. In addition to performing and teaching locally, Alexis has also done independent research related to synthetic reed development. She completed both a capstone project and an honors thesis in April 2018, involving comparative testing of cane and synthetic reeds, as well as the original design and testing of a polymer oboe reed.
Some career highlights include premiering chamber works by early career composers at the Toronto Creative Music Lab, working with composer Suzanne Farrin and performing Farrin’s solo oboe work “l’onde (della non vostra)” at Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy, and working with composer Mario Davidovsky and performing his “Quartetto No. 2, for oboe and strings” at the Composers Conference at Wellesley College.
Alexis graduated from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering. Alexis graduated from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee with a Master of Music in Woodwind Performance in May 2020. Her primary teachers are Robert Sheena and Martin Schuring.