Gormandy Lines up with All Stars Today

                                  Trinidad Guardian - August 9, 2015

                                  A PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at Florida State University and the current                                     player/manager of Pastiche Steel Ensemble, Mia Gormandy is an accomplished                                   pan player with an extensive CV to prove it. Gormandy, who will soon turn 27,                                         began playing the steelpan at age five and won her first competition at age six.                                     She was exposed to a number of competitions and shows where musical                                               excellence was the hallmark. She has won many competitions in... click here 

Pan Meets Brass, Mallets in Unforgettable Night

                                       Trinidad Express - June 21, 2015

                                        It is not often one is left at a loss for words to express one’s opinion on a                                                 musical performance, but this occurred last Saturday in Theatre 1 at the                                                 University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) campus at the National Academy                                             for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port of Spain. The event was the                                                           Supernovas Steel Orchestra’s “Mallets, Brass and Steel”... click here 

Mia Gormandy to perform with UA Steel Drum Band

                                  University of Akron News ​- April 1, 2015

                                  Trinidadian native and pan player Mia Gormandy was only 15 when she saw                                         snow for the first time after a guest performance with The University of Akron                                       Steel Drum Band. Now, at age 25, she is rejoining the band in concert                                                       on Saturday, April 18, 8 p.m., at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, 198 Hill St.,                                       on the UA campus. After her Akron debut in 2005, Gormandy went on to earn                                         bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Northern Illinois University (NIU).                                   There, she studied with... click here 

Interview with Steelpannist Mia Gormandy

                            Percussive Notes Vol. 53, No. 5 - November 2015

                            Steelpannist Mia Gormandy grew up playing in the Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra.                             By the age of 16, she was the guest artist for the University of Akron Steelband                                         concert. As a student of Northern Illinois University she won the concerto                                                 competition with Jan Bach's "Steelpan Concerto" and NIU's 2011 Woman of the Year.                             Recently, she has performed with... click here

​Top Graduate Students Honored at Annual Celebration

                                     Florida State 24/7 - November 9, 2015

                                     Graduate students were recognized for their achievements in teaching, research                                      and creativity, and leadership at the annual Celebration of Graduate Student                                              Excellence April 9, an event co-sponsored by The Graduate School, Office of                                              Research and the Congress of Graduate Students... click here

Virtual Steelband a Global Phenomenon

                                     Northern Now, NIU Alumni Association - Fall 2015

                                     What started as a fun summer activity for four friends turned into a music                                                project with a global scope. The Virtual Steelband, a project of four alumni of                                            the NIU steelpan program, has combined the music of more than 200 pannists                                        from... click here 

Recent News

Pannist Mia Gormandy Headlines RIPE Concert 

                                                  Trinidad Guardian - November 29, 2014

                                                   The Revelation Institute for Performing Education (Ripe) will hold its                                                        first gala Christmas concert tonight and tomorrow (November 30).                                                          The two-night event, to be held at the UWI Learning and Teaching                                                            Complex, St Augustine, will feature the talents of our nation’s youth,                                                        some as young as five years old, on the steelpan... click here 

Profile in Pan - Mia Gormandy

                                                  The Steelpan Collective - October 2014

​                                                   Mia Gormandy’s first exposure to steel pan began at age five. Her                                                            parents purchased a steel pan for her older brother. But after buying                                                        the pan, hiring a music teacher and basically getting everything set for                                                    him to learn, his heart just wasn’t in it. Luckily, her parents weren’t                                                            discouraged. They found that Mia was... click here

Steelpan Alumna Earns Noted National Fellowship

                                     The Arts @ NIU - July 15, 2014
Congratulations are in order for alumna Mia Gormandy, who earned her                                                Bachelor of Music degree and Master of Music degree from the NIU School of                                      Music as a performance major specializing in steelpan. Since her time at NIU,                                      Mia has completed a masters degree in musicology at Florida State University                                      and remains there as a... click here