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Mitchell Korn

Senior Lecturer of Music and Educational Outreach

Mitchell Korn is one of our nation's most important leaders in cultural strategic planning, community service through the arts, digital music education technology and community arts partnerships. In August 2017 he was appointed Senior Lecturer at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. He is the Founder and President of MitchellKornArts, a Bard College Senior Fellow and a former Harvard University Graduate School of Education and Yale School of Music lecturer. 

At Vanderbilt, Korn teaches courses in career preparedness, non-profits, artistic production, advocacy, and arts administration. He also serves as the Ingram Scholars Advisor, Faculty VUceptor, Curb Catalyst and Osher Lifelong Learning (OLLI) professor. The University of California Press has designated Korn as a peer reviewer for an upcoming publication concerning musicians and music careers.

He has also recently been named Advisor and Mentor to Edify, a music technology start-up in Denver, that is creator of MusicQuest, a provider of software applications in music education and music composition. He continues his work as principal advisor to The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and The Cleveland Orchestra.

The Wall Street Journal has called him a "one-man arts education industry." Symphony Magazine called him a "music education guru." He has been a leading arts and arts education advisor for decades. He is credited with creating, designing and implementing the nation's most important and sustainable arts education initiatives, including San Francisco Symphony's Adventures in Music (celebrating its 29th anniversary), New York's Annenberg Initiative (20th year), Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education-CAPE (21st year), The Cleveland Orchestra's Learning Through Music (20th year), and many more. His extensive work for philanthropy includes the Heinz Endowment, MacArthur Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, GE Fund, and Dayton Hudson Foundation.

Korn's volunteer and service work include: Chairman of Board, Mary Parrish Center for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Abuse; President of Board, Mozart in Nashville, and President of Board Olde World Theatre.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and tributes including Parents Magazine "As They Grow" Award, honoring his efforts in "making the world a safer, healthier, and happier place for children.