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Professor of Voice


  • 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 at Arkansas State University in 2008 as Coordinator of Voice and Director of the A-State Opera Theatre. She served as Chair of the Department of Music for five years, after which she transitioned to the Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Communication in 2019. This new position includes serving as Director of Fowler Center. In addition, Kyriakos continues teaching responsibilities half-time as Professor of Voice. Both a singer and pianist, Kyriakos completed her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Texas at Austin. She has served as musical director in collaboration with the Department of Theatre productions, and as collaborative pianist for both opera and musical theatre. Aside from teaching, her favorite venture involves studying and performing abroad. For three seasons, she has taught voice and performed at the OperaMaya summer festival in the Mayan Riviera of Mexico. Kyriakos works diligently with ongoing fundraising efforts enabling students to accompany her on these foreign excursions, experiencing essential opportunities abroad at reasonable rates. International endeavors on her own have included conferences of the College Music Society (CMS). Kyriakos enjoys giving lecture-recitals on her dissertation topic, Clairières dans le ciel by Lili Boulanger. Her most recent international presentation on this subject was given in Buenos Aires at the CMS Biennial International Conference. She also values performing new music composed by her colleagues in composition. The summer of 2017 included new composition recital performances in Sydney, Australia with CMS, as well as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at Sunway University. More recently, Kyriakos has performed with her husband, composer and pianist/organist, Brian Henkelmann, featuring his own works at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Southern Region Conference. Upcoming collaborative efforts with her husband include his original multi-media composition in a comical setting for dueling sopranos. Kyriakos also enjoys collaborative performances with her daughter, Nina Henkelmann, who is a fine young musician as a violinist and pianist.