Alexis Mitchell is a freelance oboist and English horn player currently located in Houston. Alexis has performed with such orchestras as Albany Symphony, Phoenix Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, and the Du Bois Orchestra. As an avid chamber musician, she has performed with chamber ensembles such as Driftwood Quintet, DARQ Ensemble, and Mistral Music. She was previously the adjunct oboe instructor at Bridgewater State University, and is currently teaching oboe students in Fort Bend ISD, Lamar CISD, and Tomball ISD.
Some career highlights include performing with Ambient Orchestra on the U.S. tour of Bowie Cello Symphonic: Blackstar (an orchestration of David Bowie’s last album by Evan Ziporyn), 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.
In addition to performing and teaching locally, Alexis has also conducted 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.
Alexis graduated from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University 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. Her primary teachers are Robert Sheena and Martin Schuring.