Angela Mitchell

Host/Announcer

Angela Mitchell

For over a decade, Angela Mitchell has carved out a successful dual career as a radio host and a classically trained soprano, winning over audiences both on the air and on stage. In her current position as Host/Announcer for WCLV Classical 104.9, she hosts the overnight shift Monday through Friday from midnight to 6:00 a.m. She regularly interviews some of the most prominent figures in the industry, such as Joshua Bell, Fabio Luisi, Peter Gelb, Itzhak Perlman, Joyce DiDonato, Alisa Weilerstein, Jonas Kauffmann, Alessio Bax, Danielle DeNiese, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Joseph Calleja. She produces and hosts the monthly in-studio performance program, First Fridays, as well as weekly interviews and other special programming. She has also spearheaded WCLV’s increased efforts to target a younger demographic, in part by launching or managing the station's presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Soundcloud. Over the first nine months of her tenure, the percentage of listeners under the age of 40 doubled.

Ms. Mitchell began her radio career in 2007 as an intern with American Public Media’s Performance Today, where she directed the inaugural intern edition of the show. In addition to screening the thousands of submissions for broadcast that the program receives each year, Ms. Mitchell wrote scripts, researched programming concepts, and assisted host Fred Child with daily production.

Upon moving to Houston in 2010, Ms. Mitchell secured an internship with Houston Public Radio, where she became an instrumental member of the team that launched Classical 91.7, a new, full-time classical music station. While at Classical 91.7, Ms. Mitchell created, produced, and hosted Music in the Making, a one-hour weekly show featuring performances from the schools of music at Rice University and the University of Houston. The program continues to be a staple on Houston airwaves today. During her final year with the station, Ms. Mitchell was promoted from intern to full-time host, a position she held for over a year before relocating to Cleveland to join WCLV.

Ms. Mitchell holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Minnesota.

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Growing the audience for classical music

I responded to Steve Rieker: Hello Steve! Thank you for contributing your thoughts to the conversation. I'm glad you brought...

Steve Rieker

Forgive me for sounding a discouraging tone when what you asked for is positive suggestions. Perhaps it was something I ate. BTW, I spent a two decades working overnight as a radio engineer, so you have an empathetic... Continue reading

Growing the audience for classical music

I responded to Kacie Burton: I agree, Nathan! 

Kacie Burton

I happen to be a member of the younger audience to whom concert halls are trying to appeal. Personally, I do not believe in catering to youthful obsessions by allowing "tweet seats." I think that the youth needs to get... Continue reading

Growing the audience for classical music

I responded to Steve Rieker: Thanks for your comments, Steve. That sounds like a fascinating read. There are so many examples...

Steve Rieker

Am currently reading Joseph Horowitz excellent " Classical Music in America-A History of Its Rise and Fall ". Such a resource helps put the trajectory of classical music in America's culture into better perspective. In... Continue reading

Growing the audience for classical music

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Andy Pallotta

I do not think that catering to the apparent interests and attitudes of young people (e.g. social media, impulsiveness) would help reach them with classical music. The problem is that classical music is not "popular," and... Continue reading

Growing the audience for classical music

I responded to Gretchen Reynolds: Thanks for your comment, Gretchen. Do you think that there should be individual/foundation...

Gretchen Reynolds

I have read all of the responses so far and applaud each of them and the creative ideas shared. I would add one additional encouragement -focus on  keeping the foundation and individiual support flowing for music in the... Continue reading

Growing the audience for classical music

I responded to Susan J. Hill Brown: Hi Susan! Thanks for your comments. The original idea for "tweet seats" was to have a separate...

Susan J. Hill  Brown

Please no tweeting, texting at a concert.  Yes, younger people need to grow an appreciation for classical music.  The best way to do this is to attend concerts, LISTEN and, if anything else, watch the moves of the... Continue reading

Growing the audience for classical music

I responded to Nancy Aikins: Hi Nancy, thanks for these comments. I think we've all been in concerts where a cell phone has...

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I believe a younger set can be attracted most by personal invitation to concerts. As they attend, they can learn the traditional etiquette expected for concerts, rather than the core audience having to deal with... Continue reading

Growing the audience for classical music

I responded to Kacie Burton: Thank you for these comments, fellow young person! :) The Cleveland Orchestra has had some major...

Kacie Burton

I happen to be a member of the younger audience to whom concert halls are trying to appeal. Personally, I do not believe in catering to youthful obsessions by allowing "tweet seats." I think that the youth needs to get... Continue reading

Growing the audience for classical music

I responded to Paul Bunker: Thank you for your thoughts, Paul! It's great to hear from someone in the industry. 

Paul Bunker

As someone who spent almost 30 years in symphony orchestra management, I've seen everything regarding how to attract young audiences.  The fact is, the concert hall is designed to listen to classical music without... Continue reading

Growing the audience for classical music

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