Mitchell Cloutier is an alumnus of Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studied with Ara Sarkissian, and the University of Memphis in his home state of Tennessee. In Memphis, he graduated summa cum laude and studied violin and viola with Interlochen Arts Camp faculty members Tim Shiu and Lenny Schranze.
He has held concertmaster positions at multiple times during his education, and regularly concertized on both violin and viola in orchestral, chamber, and solo settings throughout the western Tennessee region. He is currently continuing his education at the University of Miami, where he is a recipient of the Henry Mancini Graduate Fellowship at the Frost School of Music, and studies violin with Charles Castleman and viola with Jodi Levitz.
Mr. Cloutier is passionate about teaching and considers it a central part of his career. He has worked as a teaching assistant at Interlochen Arts Camp, and currently teaches after-school music classes in Miami through the Miami Music Project. He has studied Suzuki Pedagogy at the collegiate level, and is well versed in various pedagogical methods for the violin and the viola. As a teacher, he aims to inspire his students to become the best versions of themselves, using music as a tool for personal growth.
As a teacher, my goal is to meet my students where they are. Every student comes to a lesson with unique questions, ambitions, and struggles, and my job is to find exactly what he needs to inspire him in that moment.
B.M., Violin Performance - University of Memphis
M.M., Violin Performance - University of Miami