Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Dr. Marika Kyriakos

Department Chair

Professor of Music


  • D.M.A., University of Texas-Austin
  • M.M., University of Missouri-Columbia
  • B.M., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Teaching Specialties

  • Applied Voice
  • Opera Direction

Research Interests

  • Vocal Performance/Vocal Health
  • Greek Vocal Literature
  • Lyric Diction
  • Body Movement/The Singing Actor
  • Clairières dans le ciel by Lili Boulanger


  • American College of Musicians
  • College Music Society
  • Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity
  • Music Teachers National Association
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • National Guild of Piano Teachers (Board of Judges)
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
  • Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society
  • Treble Clef Club


Lyric coloratura, Marika Kyriakos joined the Music Faculty in 2008 as Coordinator of Voice and Director of the ASU Opera Theatre.  Beginning in the fall of 2014, she serves as Chair of the Department of Music and continues teaching responsibilities as Professor of Voice. Though originally from Columbia, Missouri, Kyriakos came to A-State from Texas where she taught at Tarleton State University of the Texas A & M System for nine years. Aside from teaching, her favorite venture involves studying and performing abroad. This past summer, she taught voice and performed at the OperaMaya summer festival in the Mayan Riviera of Mexico. She has also enjoyed working in Italy, performing leading roles with the Rome Opera Festival, as well as teaching and performing with the Lorenzo de Medici school in Tuscania. In Paris and Nice, France, Kyriakos has studied and performed Clairières dans le ciel by Lili Boulanger, the subject of her doctoral dissertation.  Her most recent lecture recital on the song cycle was given in June of 2013 in Buenos Aires at the Biennial International Conference of The College Music Society. As both a singer and pianist, Kyriakos joined her colleague, Lauren Schack Clark in presenting a lecture recital on collaborating with singers; in the past few years, they have presented at state, regional, national and international conferences. Kyriakos also stays busy promoting opera to audiences of all kinds; her presentation, “Opera in The Twilight Zone:  Overcoming Challenges in Smaller Communities”, was quite popular at the 2013 National Opera Association Conference in Portland, Oregon. It is her hope to learn more about the vocal literature of her Greek heritage in the near future, as well as begin a summer vocal training program at the Athens Conservatory. Kyriakos enjoys being involved in church music, particularly with her husband, Brian Henkelmann, a talented pianist, composer and organist. As for the rest of the musical family, their daughter, Nina, is in second grade at the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School. She is already an accomplished pianist, tolerating lessons thus far with “Mom” while Shakoda, the beloved terrier-mix, listens with an unconditional ear.