Erika Mitchell was raised in Catfish Camp, Pennsylvania, in a house alive with music, with a father who played classical and gospel piano, and a mother who sang in local choirs. She began playing trumpet in the elementary school band, and soon taught herself to play recorder, flute, guitar, and piano. A linguist by academic training, she taught English in the Middle East for 5 years, during which time she developed a passion for Carnatic music, the classical music tradition of Southern India. She took up an intensive study of the veena, a stringed instrument central to Carnatic music, and dabbled in tabla as well. On her return to the United States, she settled in Central Vermont and began writing music and lyrics to tell the stories of her travels and daily adventures. In addition to writing and singing her own music, she plays trumpet in the Capital City Band and the Montpelier Senior Center's Swingin' Over 60 Band, and oboe and trumpet in the Capital Orchestra.
Photography has always been an important tradition in Erika's family. Her grandmother, Esther Fenlason Mitchell, was a talented photographer back in the 1940s and 50s, when metering, focus, and aperture settings were all done by hand. Erika inherited both her grandmother's camera and her love for capturing the moment with light. Erika's camera is a constant companion, and her expressive performance photography is gaining renown throughout the music community of Central Vermont. When she's not photographing musical events, she can often be found wandering in the woods and fields, chasing after wild flowers, trees, and dragonflies.
Erika lives with her husband on a small homestead in the outskirts of Adamant where they grow most of their own food.
Photo by Seth Frisbie.
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