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Dr. Marika Kyriakos

Associate 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 Music Club


Lyric coloratura soprano, Marika Kyriakos joined the faculty of the Arkansas State University Music Department in the fall of 2008. As Associate Professor of Music, her primary responsibilities are teaching studio voice and directing the opera program.

Though originally from Columbia, Missouri, Kyriakos came to ASU from Texas where she taught at Tarleton State University of the Texas A & M System for nine years. Both a singer and pianist, Kyriakos completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance at the University of Texas in Austin. She also holds the Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory.

Kyriakos is an active performer of oratorio, opera, and recital literature in the United States. Her favorite projects in professional development involve studying, teaching and performing abroad. In 2007 she taught and performed in Tuscania, Italy in collaboration with the Lorenzo de Medici school. Finding that her students benefited greatly from the study abroad program, she is determined to continue promoting educational experiences through diverse, multi-cultural learning environments. During the summer of 2008, she traveled to Greece to set the groundwork for a summer vocal training program in Athens to open in 2010. Other recent summer ventures have included leading roles and assistant director with the Rome Opera Festival in Italy as well as studies and performances in Nice and Paris, France.

Kyriakos is married to Brian Henkelmann, who is the organist at First United Methodist Church as well as accompanist for various ASU choirs. Their daughter, Nina, keeps them on their toes as she is soon to surpass the terrible twos.

Marika Kyriakos

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3801
F: (870) 972-3932


Building: Fine Arts Center
Room: 133