Wind Symphony


The Andrews University Department of Music offers many opportunities to participate in a variety of instrumental experiences, ranging from small ensembles to the Wind Symphony, performing sacred music and secular music in classical concerts or light programs. Acceptance into all organizations is by audition. Performance Scholarships totalling $20,000 are available yearly to Wind Symphony members.

The Wind Symphony maintains a significant travel schedule throughout the Great Lakes area, and seeks to provide high quality music programs and concerts representative of Adventist education and Andrews University. In addition the Wind Symphony periodically undertakes major tours out of the Great Lakes region. The Wind Symphony has performed in England, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, and throughout the United States.

The Director


Alan Mitchell

Title: Assistant Professor of Music; Wind Symphony; Music Education Area Coordinator

Office Location: Hamel Hall 205


Phone: 269.471.6340


BA & MA in Music, CSULB
Doctoral Candidate, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music






Alan Mitchell is an Assistant Professor of Music at Andrews University. His teaching responsibilities include the Wind Symphony and music education courses for the B.M and M.M. in Music Education degrees. His performance organizations have performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Mr. Mitchell has also served as clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator throughout the United States. He was recently awarded the Michiana Outstanding Music Educator Award for excellence in the field of music education in the Michiana area. Prior to coming to Andrews University, he taught at Auburn Adventist Academy, Washington; Platte Valley Academy, Nebraska; John North High School, California; and in the Fountain Valley Elementary School District, California.

Mr. Mitchell holds both B.A. and M.A. degrees in Music from California State University at Long Beach. He is currently a candidate for a D.M.A, in Wind Conducting/Music Education at the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music. His major conducting professors were Eugene Corporon and Mallory Thompson. He has received additional conducting studies from Michael Haithcock, Ron Johnson, John Whitwell, and Allan McMurray. He has professional membership with the Music Educators National Conference, College Band Directors National Association, honorary membership in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, the International Adventist Musicians Association, and the World Association of Bands and Ensembles.