Mrs. Barbara Careaga-Mitchell was born in Concepción, Chile. She started her violin studies with Américo Giusti at age 9. As a child, she won the “Jóvenes Talentos” (Young Talents) competition to play as a soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción in several occasions. While in High School, she began teaching privately and playing as a substitute violinist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción. Mrs. Careaga-Mitchell also worked teaching and running sectionals with the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Curanilahue, a youth orchestra that started as a social program to help one of the poorest and most depressed towns of Chile. She also toured with this orchestra in Chile, Germany and Spain.
In the United States, she pursued her Bachelor of Music Performance at the Schowb School of Music, Columbus State University, where she studied with Dr. Patricio Cobos. She received the Presser Scholar and the Music Major awards and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She received her Master in Music Performance degree from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, where she studied with Prof. Kurt Sassmannshaus.
Mrs. Careaga-Mitchell currently teaches in Columbus, GA. Her students have made All State Orchestra and All State Honors Orchestra and won local competitions in Macon, GA.
As a performer, she plays with numerous ensembles through the south east, such us, the Alabama Symphony (substitute), Greenville Symphony (SC), Charleston Symphony, The Atlanta Opera (substitute) and Columbus Symphony. In addition, she frequently performs with the Atlanta Boy Choir in local concerts and international tours.