Ceylon Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Music (Woodwind Performance) and a Master of Music Education from Boston University. He received a Master of Music Performance and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he recently studied with Aaron Goldman, Lean Arsenault, and Dr. Sarah Frisof.
Performance and Teaching Experience
An active freelance flutist and chamber musician, Ceylon is committed to promoting traditionally marginalized communities. He is also the co-founder and flutist of Potomac Winds, a chamber music collective. Described by the University of Maryland as “magnificent, deeply moving, and a model of alumni pride,” the ensemble is committed to promoting woodwind chamber music as a virtuosic medium through engaging performances of the highest level of artistic expression.
As a music educator, Ceylon serves as a regular sectional coach for numerous youth orchestras. Previously, he served as a teaching artist with the Boston Flute Academy and as the director of the Boston University Flute Ensemble.
Ceylon joined Levine’s woodwinds and brass department in 2022.
Teaching Philosophy and Approach
Ceylon believes that a strong music education provides students of all ages with cultural and historical understanding, a dynamic and unique means of expression, and the opportunity to communicate our shared humanity through storytelling. As a teacher, his ultimate goal is empowering and encouraging students to make music alive in and applicable to their lives. He wants his students to acquire life-long skills that allow them to analyze, consume, support, and engage with art in their communities.