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D.M.A. in Piano Performance, University of Miami – Frost School of Music
Dissertation: “Existential Piano Teacher: The Application of Jean-Paul Sartre’s Philosophy to Piano Instruction In a Higher Educational Setting.”
Cognate (Minor) in Musicology

M.A. in Music Performance, New York University – Dept. of Music & Performing Arts Professions

B.M. in Piano Performance, Vanderbilt University – Blair School of Music

H.S. Diploma in Piano Performance, Interlochen Arts Academy 

Additional Study at Summer Programs and Festivals: Aspen Music Festival and School (2001–2002), Eastern Music Festival (2000), Symphonic Workshops Internal Piano Masterclass – Bulgaria (2008), South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts Honors Program (1999)

Principal Piano Instructors: Rosalina Sackstein, Miyoko Lotto, Craig Nies, Michael Coonrod, John Nauman, Fabio Parrini, Irina Krivchenko. Beegie Adair (jazz piano). 


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Mississippi University for Women (MUW) – Department of Music
July 2012 – Present
Department Chair & Associate Professor

National Music by Women Festival at Mississippi University for Women
October 2016 – Present
Founder & Executive Director

National Piano Competition at Alcorn State University
November 2010 – May 2012
Executive Director

Scholarly Publishing and Academics Resources Coalition
July 2010 – October 2010
Outreach & Advocacy Coordinator, Right to Research Coalition                                                           

National Association of Graduate-Professional Students, Inc. (NAGPS)
November 2008 – December 2009
President & CEO 


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Mississippi University for Women – Department of Music
July 2012 – Present
Department Chair & Associate Professor           

Alcorn State University – Department of Music
November 2010 – May 2012
Assistant Professor                                                                                                                                 

University of Miami – Piano Preparatory Department
September 2007 – May 2009
Faculty Instructor of Private Piano Studio                                                                                          

New York University – Department of Music & Performing Arts Professions
September 2004 – May 2006
Adjunct Instructor of Music 


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  • Accreditation for National Association Schools of Music (NASM). Wrote the 2014 NASM self-study and led all reaccreditation activities resulting in a successful departmental reaccreditation; serving as active Visiting Evaluator for NASM, perform annual accreditation updates, and represent MUW at annual meetings. Elected and serving as Vice Chair of NASM Region VIII.
  • Department Formation & Development. Successfully launched newly, independent MUW music department in Fall 2012, including design, set-up, establishment and grand opening of new music building (Poindexter Hall). Oversaw physical relocation of all staff, faculty, and resources. Coordinated a yearlong series of events to commemorate Poindexter opening for alumni, students, faculty, staff, donors, and community members. Instituted departmental procedures, faculty and student policies, and forms that led to increased participation and quality of music events. Revised student audition, scholarship allocation, and admission process leading to a substantial increase in the quality and quantity of music majors.
  • Budget & Resource Management. 10+ years experience in planning and managing budgets ($100K+) in academia and non-profit organizations. Served as budget manager for 15+ local events and festivals, regional conferences, national festivals and competitions, small- and large- non-profit organizations, and the MUW Department of Music. Oversaw annual budget reports and expenditures. Successfully procured building equipment and instruments for the establishment of Department of Music at MUW. Successfully established new tenure-track faculty lines and positions for a technical production assistant and a full-time administrative assistant. Direct oversight of all student scholarships, ensemble awards, grant funds, and all donated funds.
  • Fundraising. Experienced in all aspects of fundraising, from individuals to corporations, including marketing, solicitation, grant writing, identifying prospective donors, and donor management and engagement. Proven record of establishing and increasing donor support in budget manager and supervisory roles. As President & CEO, established NAGPS corporate partnership program that resulted in increase in donations ($20K+). Established donor program, raised $12K+ annually in donations by performing within the community, and established a donor board of directors while serving as the Executive Director of the Alcorn State University National Music Piano Competition. Coordinated with donors and MUW staff to raise and appropriate $100K+ for the opening of MUW music building.
  • Congressional & Legislative Advocacy. Significant experience in lobbying congressional members as national student leader on such issues as increasing accessibility to publicly funded research and improving student loan programs. Designed and coordinated national lobbying events. Capitalized on this experience to successfully advocate within universities on behalf of faculty and students.
  • Curriculum Development. At MUW, plan semester course schedules within the department and delegate teaching assignments. Reduced time-to-degree and increased student matriculation via comprehensive curriculum reform. Increased course offerings by 40%. Oversee juries, proficiencies, and recitals. Instituted distance education through online course programming. Designed and implemented 4 new group keyboard skills courses and spearheaded creation of several other courses, including the expansion of course offerings into new thematic areas (e.g., 16 new applied courses in composition and brass).
  • Artistic Director. 9+ years experience in concert programming. Coordinated with local, regional, national, and international organizations and performers. Established MUW Department of Music as the epicenter of musical activity in the region, beginning at its grand-opening weekend and continuing through a season of 40+ musical concerts featuring guests artists, alumni, as well as students and faculty. Maintains robust performance calendar with 40+ annual musical events, in contrast to the five-total annual events hosted by the department prior to 2012.
  • Faculty Development. Fostered more collegial and collaborative faculty environment through more frequent faculty meetings as well as the establishment of an annual faculty retreat. Established faculty evaluation instrument and revised faculty evaluations with the input of all music faculty. Increased accessibility to professional development funds. Write letters of support for faculty applying for grants. Facilitated faculty-initiated events and programs through identification of funding sources, marketing, and the allocation of administrative support. Acted as hiring manager for and oversaw mentoring of 6 new faculty.
  • Student Recruitment, Retention & Diversity. Committed advocate for students spanning from roles in student government and non-profit coalitions to faculty and administration. Recruits new students by implementing a comprehensive recruitment strategy that includes traveling to and performing in U.S. high schools, networking with regional pre-college music teachers, developing and supporting faculty recruitment initiatives (national and international), and initiating scholarship award programs. Led recruitment efforts that resulted in a more than doubling of the enrollment within one year and continued growth that led to a factor of 3 increase in enrollment within 4 years. Successfully advocated for out-of-state tuition waivers for music majors. Collaborated with faculty and university administration to remedy areas of weakness in student retention. Created and promoted an atmosphere of community and inclusiveness for students from diverse backgrounds, including but also transcending the traditional concepts of diversity such as gender and race to socioeconomic status, geographic origin, religion, sexual orientation, and age.
  • Student Mentoring. For 10+ years, have formally and informally advised students in areas of academic and career success. Fostered student-centered departmental atmosphere. Designed and implemented department-wide orientation for first-year students. Prepared students who have won state, regional, and national competitions. Mentored and recommended students that have been competitively awarded scholarships on the regional and national levels. Mentored and prepared students that have successfully attained placement in graduate music programs and professional jobs.
  • Public Relations & Community Engagement. Developed exceptional relations with local communities that invigorated the community’s appreciation of music and had an expansive influence leading to increased donations, volunteerism, and audience base. Re-ignited the passion for music among former non-professional musicians in the community. Created community-based, all-volunteer board of directors for the National Piano Competition at Alcorn State University that assisted in public relations, finances, fundraising, and logistics. Revived community engagement on behalf of MUW and Alcorn State University by arranging student performances and performing at alumni functions, local and regional events.
  • Event Management & Planning. Administered and planned 15+ national and regional conferences, competitions, festivals, events. Ensured successful and well-attended music competitions through targeted outreach to pre-college piano teachers, local and regional media, and colleagues. Hosted three major, recent and well-attended conferences: 2013 Music Teachers National Association State Conference, 2015 MS Federation of Music Clubs, and the 2015 College Music Society Southern Regional Conference. Currently planning Music by Women National Festival.
  • Facilities Management & Resources. Supervise reservations within Poindexter Hall (music building/auditorium), address building issues, and coordinate emergency procedures within Poindexter Hall.


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  • Major Piano (Alcorn, MUW)
  • Secondary Piano (MUW)
  • Elective Piano (MS School for Math and Science, MUW, Alcorn, NYU)
  • Class Piano for non-majors (MUW, NYU)
  • *Music by Women (MUW)
  • *Group Keyboard Skills I, II (MUW)
  • Piano Pedagogy (Alcorn, MUW)
  • Group Piano I – IV (Alcorn)
  • Music History I, II (Alcorn)
  • Music Appreciation (Alcorn)
  • Accompanying Course (Alcorn)
  • Piano Literature (Alcorn)
  • Accompany student recitals (Alcorn)
  • Keyboard Harmony I­–IV (NYU)
  • Group Piano for beginners, continuing education program (MUW Life Enrichment)
    *created/designed the course


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  • University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, Spring 2016
  • Golden Triangle Music Forum, MTNA affiliate, Columbus, MS, Spring 2013
  • Arizona Western College, Yuma, AZ, Fall 2011
  • Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS, Fall 2010
  • University of Miami, Piano Preparatory Department, Coral Gables, FL, Fall 2008


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  • Mississippi State Pre-College Evaluations, Raymond, MS – April 2, 2016
  • Tulane University Concerto Competition, New Orleans, LA – November 10, 2014
  • Mississippi Music Teachers Golden Triangle Regional Auditions, Starkville, MS – April, 2014
  • Alabama State MTNA auditions, Montevallo, AL – May, 2013
  • Mississippi Music Teachers Golden Triangle Student Winners’ Recital, Starkville, MS – May, 2013
  • Mississippi Music Teachers Golden Triangle Regional Auditions, Columbus, MS – April 6, 2013
  • Mississippi Valley State University, Greenwood, MS – April 21, 2012
  • Mississippi State Pre-College Evaluations, Vicksburg – April 14, 2012
  • Mississippi State Pre-College Evaluations, Jackson – March 31, 2012
  • Bach Festival organized by the Music Forum of Jackson, MS – February 4, 2012


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  • Ellis Duo Competition for Duo Pianists, Finalist, 2016
  • MUW Faculty Funds Grant, 2016
  • The American Prize in Piano Performance, Laureate, Special Recognition, 2014
  • Sigma Alpha Iota Career Performance Grant, 2012
  • College Music Society Seed Grant , 2009
  • University of Miami Commencement, Student Profile, 2009
  • Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Initiate, 2008
  • Alpha Epsilon Lambda, Graduate Honor Society, Member, 2008
  • College Music Society, National Conference Presentation Grant, 2008
  • Sigma Alpha Iota Professional, Development Grant, 2008
  • NYU Samuel Eshborn Service Award from the Steinhardt School of Education, 2006
  • NYU Steinhardt School of Education, Master’s Class Commencement Representative, 2006
  • NYU President’s Service Award for Leadership, 2006
  • Sigma Alpha Iota 2002 Region V National Summer Scholarship, 2002
  • Sigma Alpha Iota Nashville Alumnae Chapter, Phyllis Holt Scholarship, 2001
  • South Carolina State Auditions, Winner, 1998


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  • American Association of University Women
  • Chaminade Club of Jackson
  • College Music Society
  • Columbus Music Study Club
  • Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education
  • MacDowell Club of Jackson
  • Music Teachers National Association
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts, MS Committee, Artist Member
  • Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society
  • Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity


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  • US News and World Report
  • New York Times – Global Tribune
  • Inside Higher Ed
  • Talk Calm Radio
  • The Daily Free Press
  • Commercial Dispatch            
  • Columbus Magazine            
  • The Miami Hurricane
  • The Statesman


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  • “Grad Student to Professor.” Inside Higher Ed, online. July 8, 2011.
  • “Modern Music in a Modern World, Musical Life in the United States.” Contemporary Music in the Modern World: a Collection of Academic Articles. Ed. Margarita Moiseeva. Zhitomir: Zhytomir State Ivan Franco University Press, 2010
  • Existential Piano Teacher: Applying the Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre To Piano Instruction in a Higher Educational Setting, published by Verlag Dr. Müller, January 15, 2010


  • English & Russian, conversationally and technically fluent


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  • “Julia Mortyakova – “A Celebration of Women in Music: featuring works by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Cecile Chaminade, Clara Schumann, and Olga Harris”, cdbaby.com/cd/juliamortyakovapiano
  • Julia Mortyakova – “Live in Concert: featuring works by Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, and Olga Harris” www.cdbaby.com/mortyakova


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  1. Starkville Symphony Orchestra, Columbus, MS – Fall 2016
    Olga Harris, Piano Concerto No.2
  2. Assisi Performing Arts Festival Chamber Orchestra in Assisi, Italy – Summer 2016
    Olga Harris, Piano Concerto No.2
  3. Starkville Symphony Orchestra, Columbus, MS – Fall 2015
    Camille Saint-Saens, Carnival of the Animals
  4. Assisi Performing Arts Festival Chamber Orchestra in Assisi, Italy – Summer 2015
    Camille Saint-Saens, Carnival of the Animals
  5. Starkville Symphony Orchestra, Columbus, MS – Fall 2014
    Camille Saint-Saens, Piano Concerto No.2 in G Minor
  6. Tennessee State University Symphony Orchestra, Nashville, TN – Fall 2014
    Olga Harris, Rhapsody for Julia
  7. Assisi Performing Arts Festival Orchestra in Assisi, Italy – Summer 2014
    Camille Saint-Saens, Piano Concerto No.2 in G Minor
  8. Starkville Symphony Orchestra, Columbus, MS – Fall 2013
    Robert Schumann, Piano Concerto in A minor
  9. Assisi Performing Arts Festival Orchestra in Assisi, Italy – Summer 2013
    Robert Schumann, Piano Concerto in A minor
  10. Existential Chamber Orchestra, Miami, Florida – Spring 2008
    Olga Harris, Piano Concerto No.1
  11. Musica Nueva Malaga Chamber Orchestra in Frigiliana, Spain – Summer 2008
    Olga Harris, Piano Concerto No.1
  12. Schumann Chamber Orchestra – Miami, Florida – Fall 2007
    Robert Schumann, Piano Concerto in A minor
  13. Orchestra at the University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada – Fall 2007
    Robert Schumann, Piano Concerto in A minor
  14. Assisi Music Festival Chamber Orchestra in Assisi, Italy – Summer 2007
    Robert Schumann, Piano Concerto in A minor 


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  1. Assisi Performing Arts Music Festival in Assisi, Italy – July 2016
  2. Assisi Performing Arts Music Festival in Assisi, Italy – July 2015
  3. Assisi Performing Arts Music Festival in Assisi, Italy – July 2013
  4. Recital and Lecture “A Celebration of Women in Music” at the Ukrainian International Music Festival, “Zhitomir’s Musical Spring,” in Zhitomir, Ukraine – April 2010
  5. Recital at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia – Summer 2003

National (Invited, Guest Artist Engagement)

  1. Recital at Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania – October 2016
  2. Recital at St. Joseph’s Church in Maplewood, New Jersey – October 2016
  3. Recital at University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS – April 2016
  4. Recital at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC – March 2016
  5. Recital at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford in Hartford, CT – March 2016
  6. Recital at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN – March 2016
  7. Recital at the Clayton Piano Festival in Clayton, NC – October 2014
  8. Recital at the Meredith College in Raleigh, NC – October 2014
  9. Recital at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA – May 2013
  10. Recital at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN – April 2013
  11. Recital at the Natchez Festival of Music in Natchez, MS – May 2012
  12. Musicale at the Sigma Alpha Iota National Convention in Atlanta, GA – August 2012
  13. Guest Artist Recital at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN – April 2011
  14. Solo and Duet Recital during the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Series in Yuma, AZ – December 2010
  15. Solo and Duet Recital at First United Methodist Church in Arlington, VA – February 2010
  16. Solo and Duet Recital and Lecture at Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN – March 2010
  17. Recital and Lecture “Cecile Chaminade” at Miami Dade College in Miami, FL – March 2010
  18. Recital “NAGPS Leadership in Concert” at the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students National Conference, Cambridge, MA at MIT – November 2010
  19. Recital at Sherman Clay, Portland, Oregon – October 2009
  20. Lecture Recital “Cecile Chaminade” at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in New York City – May 2009
  21. Recital in Novi, Michigan – July 2008
  22. Recital at the St. John Baptist De La Salle Church in Washington D.C. – May 2006
  23. Lecture Recital “Beethoven the Romantic” at St. Joseph’s Church in New York City – June 2006

Faculty Recitals & Regional Community Engagement

  1. Recital at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS – April 2016
  2. Recital at the First Presbyterian Church in Vicksburg, MS – November 2014
  3. Recital at the Jackson Power APAC High School in Jackson, MS – November 2014
  4. Recital at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS – April 2013
  5. Recital at the Cecile Chaminade Club of Jackson, MS – April 2013
  6. The National Museum of Women in the Arts, MS Committee Artist Showcase in Columbus, MS – March 2013
  7. Recital at the Chaminade Music Club of Jackson in Jackson, MS – May 2012
  8. Recital at Alcorn State Piano Competition in Natchez, MS – March 2011
  9. Solo and Duet Recital “An Eclectic Mix” – Elms Cours, Natchez, MS – February 2011
  10. Faculty Solo Piano Recital at Alcorn State University – February 2011
  11. Recital at Trinity Episcopal Church, Natchez, MS – December 2010
  12. Recital at First United Methodist Church of Miami – October 2009
  13. Recital in West Palm Beach, Florida – November 2008
  14. Recital in Miami Florida at the Downtown Community Concert Series – September 2008


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  1. Duo Piano Recital for the MMTA Commissioned Composer Work with Valentin Bogdan at the Music Teachers National Association MS State Conference, Jackson, MS – November 2015
  2. Voice and Solo Piano Recital at the Chaminade Club of Jackson, MS – April 2015
  3. Fair Lane Music Guild Artist Series “A Viennese Soiree with Pianists Julia Mortyakova and Valentin Bogdan” in Dearborn, MI – March 2015
  4. Mortyakova/Bogdan Piano Duo at the Assisi Performing Arts Festival, Assisi ItalyJuly 2014
  5. “Touring the World” -Duo Piano recital at the Chaminade Club of Jackson – May 2014
  6. “Touring the World” – Faculty Duo Piano recital at Mississippi University for Women – April 2014
  7. Columbus Music Club Society “Eclectic Mix” Recital at MUW – December 2013
  8. Flute and Piano Recital, March Recital Series, Natchez, MS – March 2012
  9. Vocal Recital, March Recital Series, Natchez, MS – March 2012
  10. Solo/Chamber Recital with Tuba, Advent Concert Series, Natchez, MS – December 2011
  11. Afternoon of Piano Duet Music in Novi, MI – July 2011
  12. An Evening of Piano Duet in Natchez, MS – June 2011
  13. An Evening of Piano Duet, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Yuma, AZ – May 2011
  14. Violin and Piano Recital at Trinity Episcopal Church March Recital Series in Natchez, MS – 2011
  15. Duet Recital at Spencer Art Museum, Kansas University, Lawrence, KA – March 2010
  16. Piano Duet Recital at the Pasadena Public Library in Pasadena, CA – January 2010