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F. Mitchell Bush, Organist and Choirmaster
When Mitch Bush wanted to take piano lessons, his parents agreed because they hoped he might be able to play at church. He quickly met this musical expectation, going on to win First Prize for five consecutive years at the National Kiwanis Music Competition and First Prize in the Pro-Mozart Award Competition, the Atlanta Music Club Scholarship competition and the Southwestern Music Festival Competition.
He studied at the Eastman School of Music where he was the recipient of the George Eastman Scholarship, and as a full scholarship student at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. His teachers have included Thomas Schumacher, Susan Starr, Nelita True, and master class studies with Emanuel Ax. He was awarded a scholarship by the Emily and Robert Woodruff Foundation for his studies with the legendary Julliard professor, Adele Marcus.
Mitch is an active concert pianist, and has performed at Steinway Hall, The International Museum of Photography and Film, Georgia State Convention Center, Citibank of New York, Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Washington National Cathedral and the American Church in Paris. He frequently collaborates with his brother, international concert organist Brink Bush, as The Bush Brothers.
His work in church music includes serving variously as organist, pianist and choir director at many churches over the years, most recently at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wellsville, NY.
Mitch enjoys studying and collecting art glass, working in the yard, and spending time with Sarah and their menagerie of kitties. In addition to his concert work, he enjoys teaching a small class of students.