MAS N STEEL STEELBAND DIRECTOR - Florida State University  (2011-2015)


STEELBAND WORKSHOP DIRECTOR - Florida State University (2011-2015)


PROGRAM FOR INSTRUCTIONAL EXCELLENCE ASSOCIATE - Florida State University (2013-2015)


AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC LECTURER - Florida State University (2014-2015)


MUSIC APPRECIATION LECTURER - Florida State University (2014)


WORLD MUSIC LECTURER - Florida State University (2013-2014)


REPUBLIC BANK'S PAN MINORS TUTOR - Trinidad and Tobago (2012)


ALL UNIVERSITY STEELBAND DIRECTOR - Northern Illinois University (2009-2011)


SECONDARY STEELPAN LESSONS TEACHER - Northern Illinois University (2009-2011)


MUSIC THEORY UNDERGRADUATE TUTOR - Northern Illinois University (2007-2009)


Program for Instructional Excellence Award

Awarded by Florida State University's Graduate School for dedication to the teaching community (2015)


Program for Instructional Excellence Award
Awarded by Florida State University's Graduate School for dedication to the teaching community (2014)


Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship

Awarded by the American Musicological Society for assistance with graduate studies (2014)


Carol Krebs Research Fellow Award
Awarded by Florida State University College of Music's Musicology Program for research (2014)


Carol Krebs Research Fellow Award
Awarded by Florida State University College of Music's Musicology Program for research (2013)


Tau Beta Sigma Award
Awarded by the sisters of Alpha Omega for being an outstanding woman in music (2013)

Marjorie Padmore Award
Awarded by Pan Trinbago for outstanding steelpan work (2012)


Northern Illinois University's Woman of the Year
Awarded by Northern Illinois University for being an outstanding female student (2011) 


Gloss Awards for Excellence in Music and Culture
Awarded by the Laventille Steelband Festival Foundation (2009)


Full Scholarship to attend Northern Illinois University
Awarded by the Lester Trilla Fund (2004)

Port-of-Spain Corporation Award for Musical Excellence
Awarded by the Mayor of Port-of-Spain and the Port-of-Spain Corporation Calypso Committee (2003)

Musical Excellence Award
Awarded by Trinidad All Stars Association (2003)


Myrna Huggins Wood House Memorial Award
Awarded by St. Joseph’s Convent for musical excellence in steelpan and piano (2002)


Dennis Kerr Cup
Awarded by the National Music Festival Committee for the Most Outstanding Instrumental Performance in the festival (2002)

Pan Minors Scholarship
Awarded by Republic Bank of Trinidad and Tobago to pursue advanced studies of the steelpan at the Creative Arts Center located at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus (1998)

Best Calypso (sung and played) on the National Instrument
Awarded by Junior Monarch Calypso Competition (1998)

A PhD candidate in musicology at Florida State University (FSU), and the co-founder of Pastiche Steel Ensemble and the Virtual Steelband, Mia Gormandy is an accomplished pannist with an extensive CV to prove it. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, she began playing the steelpan at age five and won her first competition at age six. Mia has performed in several different countries all over the world including Australia, Austria, England, Japan, USA, Canada and countries of the Caribbean. At age fifteen, Mia attained a full scholarship to attend Northern Illinois University (NIU) where she graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music degree. In 2008, she became the first pannist to ever win the NIU Concerto Competition. Mia guest starred at several American university steelbands including University of Akron Steel Drum Band and Humboldt State University Calypso Band. Several different committees awarded her over the years including the Laventille Steelband Festival Foundation and the Port-of-Spain City Corporation. She was also awarded “One of NIU’s Most Outstanding Women of the Year 2011.” Mia graduated in May of that year with her Master of Music degree in steelpan performance. She has performed with many world-renowned artists such as guitarist Berta Rojas and 11-time Grammy award winner Paquito D’Rivera. In 2013, Mia graduated with a second Master of Music degree in ethnomusicology at FSU and is now pursuing a PhD where her dissertation topic is entitled “Pan in Japan.” She is a recipient of the Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship awarded by the American Musicological Society and is currently conducting dissertation research in Japan. Mia has recently been appointed 2017 arranger for Trinidad and Tobago steelband, Birdsong Steel Orchestra.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY, PhD (in progress)         Florida State University            Musicology

2013 - 2017 


MASTER OF MUSIC, M.M.                                           Florida State University            Ethnomusicology

2011 - 2013


MASTER OF MUSIC, M.M.                                           Northern Illinois University      Steelpan Performance

2009 - 2011


BACHELOR OF MUSIC, B.M.                                        Northern Illinois University      Steelpan Performance

2005 - 2009

Awards

Teaching

Education

Massy Trinidad All Stars

Mia has been a long time member of this leading steelband in Trinidad and Tobago. She started performing with Trinidad All Stars at the age of nine and had the opportunity of performing in Australia with their stage side at age thirteen. Mia has won several Panorama competitions with All Stars including the first International Panorama that took place in Trinidad on August 9th, 2015 making Trinidad All Stars the number one steelband in the world. 


Pastiche Steel Ensemble

Mia is one of the founding members of this steel ensemble formed by steelpan students of Northern Illinois University. The ensemble was created to perform and educate people in the Chicagoland area about the steelpan and Trinidad and Tobago's culture. Pastiche recently performed in Trinidad at the first ever International Conference and Panorama to a full audience of steelpan performers, scholars, educators, and aficionados. The ensemble is currently planning their 2016 tour in the United States.


Virtual Steelband

Mia is a founding member of this project which involves steelpannists from around the world. 


 

Mia Gormandy