Spring 2020

  • Music 1A: Music Appreciation: Fully online class
  • Online office hour: Wednesday 4:30-5:20PM. (Other times by arrangement.)
  • Emailmitchelldan@deanza.edu

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Emeritus Faculty

I retired from full-time teaching at the end of the spring 2017 term. I continue to teach occasional post-retirement classes. In addition to material related to teaching, I post updates here about my other current activities.

Note that some archived course materials on this website may not be current.

Visit the De Anza College website or contact Music Department faculty members for up-to-date information about the music program.

The Music Performance Groups  PDL project website is still online.


I am also a photographer. Many know my landscape photography, but I also do nature, night, street, and travel photography

My book, California’s Fall Color: A Photographer’s Guide to Autumn in the Sierra (Heyday Books, Berkeley) was published in the summer of 2015.

Two of my night photography prints were accepted into the Nocturnes and Noir exhibit at the Harvey Milk Photo Center in San Francisco, February 11 through April 2, 2017.

For the fifth consecutive year my photography was selected for inclusion in the Yosemite Renaissance exhibit in Yosemite Valley after which the show tours California.

Five of my prints were included in The Great Certainty: Photographs Commemorating 100 Years of National Park Stewardship at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Valley in 2016.

In September 2016 I presented book talks at several Bay Area REI stores.

Each October I exhibit at San Francisco Artspan Open Studios with Studio Nocturne SF — a San Francisco Bay Area night photography collective.

De Anza College has a wonderful photography program — consider enrolling in a photography class!

2020 Spring Term

Congratulations to students who completed my Music 1A classes during the challenging 2020 spring term — when classes were suddenly adapted for online delivery and when I had to take over one section for another faculty colleague just past the middle of the term.

And more congratulations… to students who graduated this year. Best wishes as you move on to employment, the next step in your academic growth, and whatever else life has in store for you!

Do You Like De Anza’s Espresso Stand?

There is a GoFundMe campaign for Jared, our dedicated espresso guy and De Anza College fixture, to help him and his family get through the shutdown and reopen his stand when it ends. (I do understand that not everyone is in a position to help — you may face financial challenges or are helping others.)


As the winter quarter at De Anza College concludes, watch for this website to switch back to more general subjects, and not just class information. Let’s start with this one…


“Birdscapes,” a collaborative show featuring recent photographs by photographers G Dan Mitchell and David Hoffman opened earlier this winter at Stellar Gallery in Oakhurst, on the southern boundary of Yosemite National Park. The show was recently extended to run through the final week of March.

A Yosemite Group Exhibit

I have a show going on through June at Gallery 5 in Oakhurst, California, on the Yosemite National Park boundary: “Transitions: Winter to Spring — Photographs From Yosemite Renaissance Artist-in-Residence G Dan Mitchell and Friends.” The show runs through the end June, and features photographs from my Winter/Spring 2018 Yosemite Renaissance artist-in-residency in the park, along with the work of a diverse group of fellow landscape photographers and friends who have been working in the park this winter and spring to document the seasonal transition: Jerry Bosworth, Franka Mlikota Gabler, Charlotte Hamilton Gibb, David Hoffman, Vidya Kane, and Kerby Smith.

Clouds sweep across granite faces as winter snow falls above Yosemite Valley

Update: Early February 2018

I have been selected to be a Yosemite Renaissance artist-in-residence during the second half February 2018. I will photograph and take part in related activities in Yosemite National Park during that period.

Trees, Snowy Ledge

Update: Late December 2017

I spent the final week of 2017 in New York City, surviving ridiculously cold conditions — at least from the perspective of this Californian! — and making many photographs of the city in the winter light.

Pedestrians, Lexington Avenue

Update: Late October 2017 (part 2)

Near the end of October I joined my Studio Nocturne SF colleagues to present a night photography Artspan 2017 Open Studio in San Francisco. It was a very successful event, and we donated several thousand dollars from the proceeds to support North Bay Wildfire relief efforts.

Hotel, Narrow Street

Update: Late October 2017 (part one)

In late October I was in the Yosemite area for the opening of a gallery show, and I took the opportunity to spend a few days in and around the park. This scene of wildfire smoke settling among forest trees in early light came from that visit.

Forest, Wildfire Smoke

Update: Early October 2017

During September and October I photographed a number of subjects in a variety of locations, many focusing on the autumn season. In early October I visited many places in the eastern Sierra to photograph (mostly) fall color.

Tall Autumn Aspen Trees

Update: Late September 2017

In late September — while many of you were starting your first week of classes — I headed out across California and Nevada (via highway 50, “the loneliest highway in America”) for my first visit to Great Basin National Park, a place I have wanted to explore and photograph for some time. I was fortunate to arrive on the heels of an early autumn snow storm, just as fall colors were getting started.

Wheeler Cirque, Autumn Snow