Dr. Jon Ceander Mitchell is Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Performing Arts at University of Massachusetts Boston, where he also serves Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra and Coordinator of Music Education. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Millikin University and Master of Science in Music Education and Doctor of Education in Music Education degrees from the University of illinois. He is a well sought-after lecturer, clinician, and conductor on the national and international levels. In recent years he has conducted on a number of CDs and has guest conducted in England, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Bulgaria. Among his more than fifty publications are A Comprehensive Biography of Composer Gustav Holst and From Kneller Hall to Hammersmith: The Band Works of Gustav Holst.
2001 0-7734-7522-2 Based upon and containing many of Holst’s own personal letters, diaries, and notebooks entries, this study provides an intimate portrait of this larger-than-life personality. Many of Holst’s innermost thoughts regarding musical composition, performance, and music education are disclosed here. In addition, there is a significant amount of information concerning Holst’s work ethics at all six of his places of employment. It also provides a view of the composer from this side of the Atlantic, shedding considerable light on Holst’s plans and activities regarding his three American visits that is not found in the other biographies. A significant number of chapters are devoted to Holst’s 1932 semester -long lectureship at Harvard University. The appendices include examples of Holst’s manuscripts, thumbnail sketches of persons associated with his career, and (unique to this text) a chronological listing of his compositions.