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New Music Director Named at MUW

Posted by Steve Rogers | August 13, 2012 / 04:30pm | Local News, Education
COLUMBUS, Miss.- Dr. Julia Mortyakova has been selected to chair Mississippi University for Women's music department.

Previously employed as assistant professor of music at Alcorn State University, Mortyakova brings a wealth of teaching experience from the Mandelstam Theater in Miami, the University of Miami, the New York University Steinhardt School of Education and the Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music. She has numerous recitals, recordings, appearances and presentations to her credit.

The position combines her dual passion for leadership and academia, she explained.

"Prior to working as professor at Alcorn, I served as president of numerous organizations, including the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students.  During my tenure at NAGPS I worked to give the organization a stronger identity and presence through fundraising, lobbying Congress, membership recruitment, partnership development and conference planning."    

"I hope to utilize my experiences in my duties at MUW. As a new department, we can draw on our rich musical history to establish a premier musical program with a strong reputation. As a chair, I hope to continue fulfilling Weenona Poindexter's dream," Mortyakova said.

The Natchez resident was drawn to MUW because of the strong musical impact it has had on the state of Mississippi.

She said, "Throughout my involvement in the state music organizations, I have met many alumni who are exceptional musicians and teachers. This made me very interested in learning more about the institution.  As someone who specializes in women composers, I am honored to be working at an institution that historically pioneered public education for women."

As the new chair, Mortyakova looks forward to strengthening community engagement and outreach, expanding the student body and establishing Poindexter Hall as an epicenter for musical and intellectual activities in the area.

"My goal is to educate and prepare our students for the competitive global job market. I plan to bring the music department into the national spotlight with a high level of musical activities we host featuring our students, faculty and guest artists."

She added that MUW is her dream place to work. "The moment I stepped onto the MUW campus I felt at home. I was touched by the warmth of the faculty, students and administrators and fell in love with the beautiful campus."

Mortyakova earned her doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance from the University of Miami and her master of arts in music performance from New York University. She has bachelor's degree in music with a double major in philosophy from Vanderbilt University.
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