A native of Columbus, Ohio, Mitch Rorick is an active choral conductor and organist residing in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Interested in working with choirs of all ages and talents, Mr. Rorick has served children’s and adult choirs in Ohio, Indiana, and Florida, and has led successful music ministries at churches in Chicago, Columbus, IN, and Thomasville, GA. At IPFW Mr. Rorick is Assistant Director of Choral Union, the school’s community chorus. He also serves as the Associate Director of Music at Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN, where he plays the organ, conducts two handbell choirs, and works with children’s, youth, and adult choirs.
Mr. Rorick holds degrees in choral conducting, sacred music, and organ performance from Wheaton College, Indiana University, and Florida State University. He has studied conducting with Andre Thomas, Judy Bowers, Kevin Fenton, and Mary Hopper, and has participated in conducting classes with Simon Halsey, John Nelson, Robert Porco, and Dale Warland. In addition, Mr. Rorick has completed three levels of Kodály training, a specialized approach to music education.
As a member of the Handbell Musicians of America, Mr. Rorick has been a clinician and scholarship recipient. He has worked in various capacities for the American Guild of Organists and is a scheduled clinician in 2014 for Augsburg Fortress Publishing and the Indiana Choral Director’s Association. Besides playing and conducting, Mr. Rorick likes to work on his bucket list adventures, which recently included skydiving and parasailing.