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Assistant Dean receives service award

Mikylah Myers posing with her Distinguished Service Award plaque

Assistant Dean of Student Artistic Achievement Mikylah Myers received the Distinguished Service Award from the West Virginia String Teachers Association.

“The award that Mikylah received is given to those that we feel have provided tireless service to the betterment of string education and to the string students in the state of West Virginia,” said WVSTA President Jeannine Sturm. “Mikylah has done so much for the younger students in the K-12 field and for those that are future educators. We are very fortunate to have her in our state and at WVU!”

Over the last year, Myers spent countless hours teaching and guiding not only her own students at WVU, but students throughout the state of West Virginia. She was the conductor of the 2020 West Virginia Middle School All-State Orchestra in Charleston in March. This was her second time as conductor, after serving in the position for the program’s inauguration in 2015. 

Myers coordinates virtual lessons with WVU strings faculty for students participating in All-State Orchestra auditions. The program has mentored students from every corner of the state over the last four years.

Myers also participates in WVU School of Music’s Honors Orchestra program. Each February, she works with more than 50 high school violinists on high-level techniques and musical ideas.

“During her time as a faculty member, Dr. Myers has been a leading string pedagogue in West Virginia,” said WVU College of Creative Arts Dean Keith Jackson. “She has an inclusive approach that embraces all of the rich string traditions in our state and she is innovative in reaching broad segments of our population.  This award recognizes her for her excellent and tireless contributions.”