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Boyer Announces New Faculty for Fall 2012

The Boyer College of Music and Dance is pleased to welcome Mitos Andaya and Valéry Ryvkin as full time faculty.


Andaya is Associate Professor and Associate Director of Choral Activities and comes to Boyer from the University of Georgia, where she directed ensembles in early music, jazz, women’s, chamber, and symphonic chorus repertoire. There she was awarded one of the university’s highest honors, the Richard B. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award, and twice received the Student Government Association Award for “Outstanding Commitment to Students and Academic Excellence.”


Andaya has taught choral and jazz at the university level in the United States, South Africa, and Australia. She served as guest conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Choir in Amsterdam and Arnhem; conducted the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir in concert at the Lund International Choral Festival in Sweden; and conducted the Netherlands Chamber Choir, Netherlands Radio Chorus. She has also conducted at the Transient Glory Choral and Chamber Music Festival in New York and worked with Pulitzer Prize winning-composer, David Del Tredici. She was selected to study with Marin Alsop at the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Workshop, Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival, Simon Halsey and André Thomas in Haarlem, Netherlands, and Frieder Bernius in Varese, Italy. Read more about Professor Andaya


Ryvkin is Associate Professor of Voice and Opera and comes to Boyer from Opera Santa Barbara where he was Artistic Producer. In that position, he produced and conducted several festival opera seasons, launched the company’s Young Artist Program, and conducted the World Premiere of composer Stephen Schwartz’s first opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon” which was commissioned by Opera Santa Barbara. This past fall Ryvkin was the cover conductor for Placido Domingo at the Los Angeles Opera’s production of Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette. He has also guest conducted at the Chicago Lyric Opera and San Francisco Opera. Ryvkin has been a member of the conducting staff of the Metropolitan Opera and is currently Artistic Director of the Greensboro Opera of North Carolina.

Ryvkin has performed throughout the United States and in Europe. He conducted Tchaikovsky’s Maid of Orleans at Theater Erfurt in Germany, and gave recitals in Zagreb, Croatia. Among his many engagements in the United States, Ryvkin has conducted productions of Aida, Boris Godunov and Die Fledermaus for the San Diego Opera, La Traviata and Barber of Seville for the Portland Opera, Tosca and Madama Butterfly for The New Jersey Opera, Don Pasquale for Kansas City Lyric Opera, Cosi fan Tutte for Austin Lyric Opera, Hansel and Gretel and Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night for Sarasota Opera and Otello and Macbeth for the Fresno Opera. Read more about Professor Ryvkin.