Professional Activities

Assistant Professor of Music at Seattle Pacific University.

Teaches piano, class piano and piano pedagogy.

Was organist/pianist at Magnolia United Church of Christ for thirty-five years.

Presentation for Seattle Music Teachers Association, April 19, 2016; "My Musical World on Two Continents: America Meets Africa"

Preparing a CD of Improvisations on African American Spirituals.
CD launch concert to be arranged in Nickerson Studios, at SPU in 2016-2017

COTA meets UNAM

A Collaborative Concert Unites Two Institutions in Windhoek

Choral music, classical instrumental music, solo piano and visual arts came together on April 3, 2009 to present a varied, and interesting program of music and art, with an emphasis on African and African-American music. It was a special evening because of the variety, and the professional level of the performances. Dr. Myrna Capp, visiting lecturer in music at U Nam, and IFESH volunteer, initiated the event, and performed the second half of the concert. The unique aspect of the concert was the use of improvisation on the Egyptian Folk Songs for piano, and improvisations on African-American spirituals, such as “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “Steal Away,” “Wade in the Water,” and “When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land.” Faculty and students from both institutions participated in the evening’s festivities. It is hoped that this kind of collaboration in the arts can continue in the future. The community would welcome this and benefit from it.

From October 2008-June 2009, Dr. Capp was a visiting faculty in music at the University of Namibia in Windhoek for the 2008-2009 academic year, teaching music, performing, and doing research on the traditional music of Namibia, Africa. Her research included interviews with selected Namibian musicians with a focus on their musical lives and traditional Namibian music.

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Photo by Grayson Capp
Photographs by Grayson Capp ©2009