COLUMBUS, Miss. – Dr. Julia Mortyakova, professor and chair of The W Department of Music, was recently elected to the board of the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM). Mortyakova started serving in the new position January 2021.

“I am extremely honored to represent and serve the music profession on an international level and to continue to advocate and provide opportunities for past, present and future women musicians,” said Mortyakova.

As a concert pianist, Mortyakova has dedicated her career to sharing the music of women composers with the public. She often performs concerts where the entire program is comprised of works by women. Mortyakova said she was excited to run for a board position at IAWM because of the opportunity to engage with the larger world committed to advancing activities of women in music

She is also the founder and artistic director of The W’s annual International Music by Women Festival, an event dedicated to highlighting contributions of women composers to classical music. Celebrating its fifth year, the 2021 festival will be held virtually, March 1-31.

In addition to serving on the IAWM Board, Mortyakova is also the chair of the IAWM Membership Committee. In her new role, Mortyakova hopes to strengthen and grow the IAWM membership through new activities and initiatives.

The IAWM fosters and encourages the activities of women in music. A connective and informative global organization, IAWM increases opportunity and visibility for women in music. Welcoming to members of all genders, this forward-thinking advocacy alliance helps reshape the music industry’s landscape for greater equity and inclusion in the 21st century. 

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Jan. 14, 2021