About

Photo by Grayson Capp
Photograph by Grayson Capp ©2016

Myrna Capp is Assistant Professor of music at Seattle Pacific University where she teaches piano, piano pedagogy and class piano. She holds both a Master’s and a Doctorate in music from the University of Washington, where she studied piano with Neal O’Doan, and has had master lessons with Kendall Taylor and Bela Nagy. She is active as a collaborative pianist, is a frequent adjudicator throughout Washington State, and is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and the Society for Ethnomusicology.

Dr. Capp has lectured, performed and done research in Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa and Namibia. Her book, “Keeping the Embers Alive: Musicians of Zimbabwe,” was published in March, 2008 by Africa World Press & The Red Sea Press.
Her book, “Namibian Soundscapes: Music of the People and the Land” was published in 2013 by Trafford Publishing.
She has given presentations and performed at regional, national and international Music Teacher and Ethnomusicology conferences in Africa, the U.K., Canada, China and throughout the U.S.

In 2007 Dr. Capp performed the world premier of four Epyptian folk songs for piano by Halim El-Dabh at a conference in Cambridge, U.K. Improvisations on these songs by Dr. Capp, were included on the program.

Lecture and workshop presentations/publications include book and music reviews for The American Music Teacher journal, workshop presentations for local chapters of the Washington State Music Teachers Association, and papers at national and international Ethnomusicology conferences. Dr. Capp was visiting faculty at the University of Namibia for the 2008-2009 academic year, teaching music, performing and doing research on the traditional music of Namibia, Africa.

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