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School of Music

Faculty and Staff

Tonya Mitchell

Title: Assistant Director of Bands / Assistant Director of Athletic Bands
Department: Band
School of Music
Phone: 803-777-1872

Tonya Mitchell is the Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at the University of South Carolina where she assists with the Carolina Band, directs the women’s basketball band, and conducts the University Bands. Mitchell also teaches classes in the music education department. Prior to her appointment at USC, Mitchell served as interim Director of Athletic Bands at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA, where she directed the Blazin’ Brigade marching band, men’s and women’s basketball band, and conducted the concert band.

Mitchell is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Kansas.  She holds a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a minor in wind conducting from Indiana University where she had the honor of performing as a drum major with the Marching Hundred for two years. As a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Kansas, Mitchell conducted the wind ensemble, symphonic band, university band, percussion group, and the Helianthus new music ensemble.  She assisted with the Marching Jayhawks, directed the women’s basketball band, and taught undergraduate conducting. Mitchell was the organizer of, and guest conductor in, the Prairie Winds Honor Band Festival hosted at KU. Prior to her time at the University of Kansas, Mitchell served as Director of Bands at Chamblee High School, where she directed all aspects of the band department.

Mitchell is a frequent adjudicator, clinician, and author.  She has traveled as a guest clarinetist and conductor with the Dekalb Youth Symphony on their Baltics tour through Latvia, Estonia, and Finland. Mitchell has also presented research on Joan Tower’s Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman in Oberwölz, Austria, and is published in the Alta Musica journal.