MITCHELL HANLON worked at the Hollywood Bowl for 16 seasons (from 1991-2006) as pianist, organist, vocal director, and Assistant Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under its Founding Director, John Mauceri. Since then he has returned annually for the Sing-A-Long Sound of Music.
Hanlon has worked with and served as vocal coach for many stars, including Patrick Stewart, John Lithgow, Patti LuPone, Jeremy Irons, Vanessa Redgrave, Shirley MacLaine, and Carol Burnett.
A performing pianist, Hanlon has accompanied such stars as Julie Andrews, Hugh Jackman, Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald, Chita Rivera, Bernadette Peters, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. He is the founder of the Mitch Hanlon Singers, a professional singing group that has toured internationally and is heard on several Grammy-nominated albums. A music director in demand, he has led hundreds of performances of over 80 different shows.
Hanlon has worked professionally on four continents, playing five tours as the pianist/organist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Japan and Brazil, and as a conductor in Europe. In the U.S. he has worked with orchestras in Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Jersey, and Portland, and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Recently, he was vocal director/assistant conductor working with Maestro Richard Bonynge on a new recording and concert performance of Erich Kalman’s Die Bajadere, working with the WDR Orchestra in Cologne, Germany.
Hanlon is professor of Musical Theatre at California State University, Fullerton in charge of the nationally recognized BFA in Musical Theatre program there. He maintains a private voice studio with students currently on Broadway and many in national tours and Broadway shows throughout the world. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Music from Chapman University. He is organist and choir director at First Christian Church Fullerton.