School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Prior to his appointment at the University of Northern Colorado, Mitchell Lutch served as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Central College in Pella, IA where he directed the wind ensemble and pep band, and taught courses in instrumental conducting, music education and music appreciation. Dr. Lutch also conducted the Grinnell College Symphonic Band from 2010-2018. Additionally, he founded and conducted the Iowa Chamber Players and directed the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble from 2005-2018.
From 2011-2015 he served as guest conductor for the El Sistema music program in Yucatan, Mexico during which time he directed an instrument donation initiative for it. As a result of such professional endeavors, he was recognized as the 2014 recipient of The Hutch Bearce Community Building and Faculty Leadership Award and the 2012 recipient of the The John Wesselink Outstanding Performance Award at Central College..
Dr. Lutch’s book In Search of Meaning: Frank L. Battisti The Conservatory Years and into the New Millennium 1967 – 2018 will be released by Meredith Music Publications in summer 2019. His writing and research also appear in Instrumental Music Education, Routledge Publishing as a contributing author. This textbook, in its 2nd edition, and its extensive companion website have been incorporated into instrumental music education courses throughout the country. Additionally, his writing appears in five Meredith Music publications, the Alta Musica publication of the International Wind Music History Conference, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and EnsemblesJournal, and the Iowa Bandmasters Association Magazine.
Artists he has collaborated with in his teaching career include Frank Battisti, Donald Hunsberger, Eric Ewazen, Dana Wilson, Keith Brion, Ellis Marsalis, Frank Foster, Slide Hampton and Marian McPartland. Dr. Lutch is Past President of the New York State Band Directors Association and has been a guest speaker at New England Conservatory, Shenandoah Conservatory, and Dickinson State University. Conducting appearances and research presentations include concerts and conferences throughout the United States, Quebec, London, Japan, The People’s Republic of China, the former Soviet Union, Luxembourg, and Mexico.
He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting at the University of Washington where he was a student of Timothy Salzman and earned his Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory where he studied with Frank Battisti serving as the graduate assistant for the NEC Wind Ensemble and assistant conductor of the Massachusetts Wind Ensemble. His Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education is from the University of Lowell.