Associate Dean of Artistic and Scholarly Achievement; Professor - Violin
Dr. Mikylah Myers is Associate Dean of Artistic and Scholarly Achievement in the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University. She works to support, promote, and engage College of Creative Arts students in vigorous artistic and cultural endeavors at the national and international levels and provides support for faculty creative and scholarly pursuits. Dr. Myers created the College’s Creative Consultant professional mentorship program, which matches outstanding creative arts students with WVU’s extraordinary alumni working professionally across all artistic disciplines.
A nationally recognized violinist, Dr. Myers has a particular zest for new music: her recording “REACT: Music for Flute, Violin and Interactive Computer” was released on the PARMA Records label and her performances have been called “energetic and virtuosic” by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and “captivating” by Boulder, Colorado’s Daily Camera. She has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, and Spain. She was a 19-year member of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon and also performed as a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. Before joining the WVU music faculty as violin professor in 2007, Dr. Myers was concertmaster of the San Juan Symphony and the violin and viola professor at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She was also the founder, artistic director, and conductor of the Durango Youth Symphony. Her former violin students hold college and k-12 teaching positions across the nation, and can be heard in chamber music and symphonic performances around the world.
Dr. Myers received her doctoral and master’s degrees in violin performance from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where she studied with Fredell Lack, and earned her bachelor of music degree in violin performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she studied violin with Roland and Almita Vamos. She was also a four-year-member and co-captain of the Oberlin College women’s soccer team.