Karl Mitze received his Master’s in Viola Performance from the University of Maryland where he studied with Daniel Foster. Originally from Dade City, FL, he received his Bachelor’s of Music from the McDuffie Center for Strings in Macon, GA. He enjoys performing music of all genres from folk to jazz and as an active performer has had the opportunity to perform with and accompany such artists as the iconic Aretha Franklin, folk music innovator Marian McLaughlin and Ken Slowik of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, among others. Karl has had the honor to perform in Carnegie Hall, the New World Center, Esterházy Palace, and the National Gallery of Art among other pretty cool places. As a founding member of invoke, he sings, composes original music and performs on a variety of instruments. Recent accolades include winning First Prize in the Open Category of the M-Prize in Ann Arbor, Michigan. With invoke he was also selected as member of the Young Professional String Quartet at the University of Texas at Austin (2016-18) where he studied with the indomitable John Largess and the Miró String Quartet.