Passionate about performing music from different cultures, Asieh Mahyar is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting at Michigan State University, where she serves as Teaching Assistant to Octavio Más-Arocas. Ms. Mahyar received her MM in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst, under the mentorship of Morihiko Nakahara and Kristo Kondakci. She holds a BM degree in Choral Conducting from Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, Armenia, where she studied with Hovhaness Mirzoyan. There she continued further studies in Orchestral Conducting to learn more from Ruben Asatryan.
Coming from Iran and being one of the very few female conductors from her country, Ms. Mahyar endured a long and challenging road to make her dreams come true. On her path, she has acquired broad experience conducting ensembles at all labels in different countries. She has worked with professional orchestras such as the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, MI, Marquette Symphony Orchestra, MI, and the Jackson Symphony, MI. At Michigan State University, she worked with the MSU Symphony Orchestra, MSU Concert Orchestra, Musique 21 contemporary music Ensemble, and MSU Opera. Ms. Mahyar has served as the Teaching Assistant at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she worked with the UMass Symphony Orchestra and All university Orchestras. She has led several youth ensembles, including those at Northampton Youth Art & Music Festival, MA, and student orchestras at the Eastern Music Festival, NC. In Armenia, She was appointed Assistant Conductor at Tchaikovsky Music College of Yerevan. Her diverse conducting experience includes a wide range of choral repertoire and conducting full opera productions.
Ms. Mahyar has participated in major conducting workshops and conferences, including Eastern Music Festival with Gerard Schwarz, Conducting Institute with Miguel Hart-Bedoya, Conductors Retreat at Medomak with Kenneth Kiesler, and Choral Conducting Workshop with Antanina Kalechyts.