Lecturer in Piano
D.M.A, M.M., Eastman School of Music
B.A., Augustana College
Dr. Melik-Stepanova received her Doctor of Musical Arts, the coveted Performers Certificate, and Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of Natalya Antonova. Before beginning her post at Baldwin Wallace, she held positions of Assistant Professor of Piano at Oklahoma State University, where she was awarded the Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence, and Millikin University.
Dr. Melik-Stepanova is a native of the former Soviet Union. She moved to the United States in 1992 and has since performed throughout the United States. She has won first prize at the South Dakota Symphony Piano Competition, the South Dakota MTNA Piano Competition, the Schubert Club Piano Competition in St. Paul, MN, the J. Earl Lee International Piano Competition, and was a top prizewinner at the Crane Festival of New Music at SUNY Potsdam, NY. She has also been a guest performer at the Eastman School of Music Young Artists International Piano Competition and Festival and at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival.
In 2003, Dr. Melik-Stepanova won first prize at the National Federation of Music Clubs Biennial Piano Competition, which rewarded her with two years of professional management for the federation. During the next two years, she was featured as a guest artist at the National Federation of Music Clubs Conventions in Ohio, Oklahoma, Iowa, Virginia, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and others.
Dr. Melik-Stepanova is an active chamber musician, often collaborates with faculty and students at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, and is a faculty member of the BW Community Outreach Program. She specializes in Russian Language and Vocal Repertoire coaching.