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Marissa Mitchell (Clarinet)

A native of Memphis, TN, Marissa Mitchell is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts under the tutelage of Guy Yehuda at Michigan State University and has also studied with Richard Shanley, Jun Qian, Victor Chavez and Gary Sperl. As a clarinetist, Marissa’s extensive and versatile performances have catapulted her career. She has performed and collaborated with established composers and conductors including John Mackey, Paul Dooley, Kensho Watanabe and Colonel John R. Bourgeois. Marissa has played in masterclasses for renowned pedagogues Kenneth Grant, Julie Deroche, Phil Paglialonga, Frank Morelli, Kimberly Fisher and Paul Cigan. She served as principal clarinetist with the UTK Clarinet Choir at the Tennessee Music Education Association Conference in Memphis, TN. She was also bass clarinetist of the UTK Wind Ensemble, where she performed at the 2013 American Bandmasters Association Conference. Marissa has won countless talent awards for her clarinet performance at preliminary competitions within Miss America Scholarship Organization and earned more than $9,000 in scholarships.

An avid advocate for music education, Marissa is passionate about clarinet instruction and pedagogy. She has over 10 years of teaching experience, having previously taught for the Waco and Midway Independent School Districts and Knox County Schools. As an instructor in Texas, she taught undergraduate courses and lessons at Baylor University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Marissa volunteered as a clarinet instructor the Joy of Music School, a non-profit organization that provides free lessons and equipment for Knoxville’s youth. She was selected to coach chamber groups at the 2017 Philadelphia International Summer Music Festival, where she also took lessons with Ricardo Morales and served as principal clarinet of the college/professional division orchestra. Marissa holds a BM Education degree from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and MM Performance degree form Baylor University. She is thrilled to continue her passion for teaching and pedagogy at the MSU Community School of East Lansing.



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