Leona Mitchell Itinerary

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When Leona Mitchell was growing up in Enid, her outstanding vocal abilities were showcased all over town. Hit the road and discover the venues and classrooms where Mitchell’s voice came to life. Travel Leona Mitchell Boulevard and discover the school where she learned to play piano and violin and where her talent was first recognized. Continue on the journey to browse a museum showcasing pieces of the singer’s life and career.

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Enid
700 W Elm Ave
Enid, OK

Stop 1: Emerson Junior High

Leona Mitchell attended Emerson Junior High while growing up in Enid. During her time in the Enid Public School system, Leona’s talent for singing was first recognized when Maureen Priebe, the director of choirs for Enid Public Schools, discovered Leona’s impressive range. Maureen also introduced Leona to opera by playing Verdi’s “Aida” for the young vocalist.

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301 W Broadway Ave
Enid, OK

Stop 2: Enid Symphony Center

In 2002, the opera star went on tour. Leona included a stop in her hometown along the way and performed with the Enid Symphony at the Enid Symphony Center. The Enid Symphony Center features classical guest stars and world-class performances in elegant surroundings.

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611 W Wabash Ave
Enid, OK

Stop 3: Enid High School

While attending Enid High School, Leona continued her musical education by playing violin in the school’s orchestra and directing the choir at her father’s church.

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E Owen K Garriott Rd & S 7th St
Enid, OK

Stop 4: Government Springs Park

When Leona Mitchell was a teenager, she could be found walking the trails and hanging out with her friends at Government Springs Park, one of the first public parks in Enid.

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616 Leona Mitchell Blvd
Enid, OK

Stop 5: Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center & Museum

The Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center & Museum opened in 2001 and includes a small display on the opera singer’s life and career.

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815 S 5th St
Enid, OK

Stop 6: Carver Elementary

Leona Mitchell began her education at Carver Elementary, now the Carver Educational Center. During this time, she learned how to play the piano and began singing in the choir at her father’s church.

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Leona Mitchell Blvd
Enid, OK

Stop 7: Leona Mitchell Boulevard

Leona’s hometown of Enid honored her by naming Leona Mitchell Boulevard after the famous opera singer. The boulevard runs north and south from E State Avenue to E Southgate Road.

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Canton
HC 65, Box 120
Canton, OK

Stop 8: Canton Lake

The Mitchell family packed their bags and took off for vacations at Canton Lake when Leona was growing up in Enid. Visitors to this local lake can enjoy a swim beach, picnic areas, RV and tent camping sites as well as hiking and fishing.

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Watonga
3236 S Hwy 8A
Watonga, OK

Stop 9: Roman Nose State Park

One of Oklahoma’s original state parks, Leona Mitchell remembers going to Roman Nose with her parents and siblings. She says, “I have many special memories of family reunion picnics at Roman Nose State Park.”

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Edmond
100 N University Dr
Edmond, OK

Stop 10: University of Central Oklahoma

Leona Mitchell was the artist-in-residence for a short time at the UCO School of Music. From January 25th to February 10th of 2006, Mitchell taught master classes and German dictation to students. She also performed at Mitchell Hall Theater on campus as well as the UCO Jazz Lab on March 3, 2006.

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Oklahoma City
5418 N Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK

Stop 11: Deep Fork Grill

Leona Mitchell enjoys the exquisite menu and elegance of Deep Fork Grill in Oklahoma City. It’s her favorite place to eat in the state. Stop in for lunch, dinner or brunch and let flavorful dishes like pecan chicken and grilled Alaskan halibut speak for themselves.

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2501 N Blackwelder Ave
Oklahoma City, OK

Stop 12: Oklahoma City University

Besides obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in music from Oklahoma City University in 1971, Leona Mitchell also performed for Sandra Day O’Conner and Desmond Tutu on campus.

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Tulsa
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK

Stop 13: Tulsa Performing Arts Center

In 2004, Leona Mitchell brought her skills to the stage at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center during a special concert with the Tulsa Opera.

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111 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK

Stop 14: Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

Located within the Tulsa Union Depot, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame honored Leona Mitchell as a vocalist in 2007 for her outstanding abilities.

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