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Interim Chair, Department of Theatre

Professor of Voice


Education

  • 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

Affiliations

  • 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

Biography

Marika Kyriakos is currently serving as interim chair for the Department of Theatre and Professor of Voice in the Department of Music. Kyriakos joined the music faculty at Arkansas State University in 2008 as Coordinator of Voice and Director of the A-State Opera Theatre. She was 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, and Director of Fowler Center until 2021. 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 taught voice and performed at the OperaMaya summer festival in the Mayan Riviera of Mexico. Kyriakos works diligently so that students may 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. She also frequents performing at the Music by Women Festival at the Mississippi University for Women. Kyriakos has enjoyed working with her husband, composer and pianist/organist, Brian Henkelmann, featuring his own works at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Southern Region Conference. Her daughter, Nina, who is in the ninth grade at Annie Camp Junior High, is also a favorite collaborator on the piano, flute and violin. Travels abroad will be welcomed once again with music and theatre students when the pandemic subsides.