Dr Yiannis Miralis
is currently associate professor of music education and saxophone and Vice Chair and International Relations Coordinator at the Department of Arts at European University Cyprus. He holds a PhD in Music Education, with a cognate in ethnomusicology, from Michigan State University, an MM in Music Education from Bowling Green State University and a BM in Music Education (Instrumental) from Lawrence University where he was a Fulbright scholar. Miralis also holds a Diploma in Primary Education from the Pedagogical Academy of Cyprus. Before his appointment at EUC he served as assistant professor of music education and saxophone at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho. He also taught music and music education courses at the University of Cyprus, the University of Windsor and the ARTE Music Academy in Nicosia.
His research interests revolve around early childhood music, instrumental music education and world music education. He has been involved with a number of different projects involving children and music education and he presented papers and seminars in various music education conferences in Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.
As a saxophonist he is founding member of the Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet with whom he won First Prize at the national music competition of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) in New Mexico and the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. He also performed with the Athens Saxophone Quartet and the Macedonian Saxophone Quartet, with whom he performed in the Cultural Olympiad of the Athens 2004 Olympics and with the Neuchatel Chamber Orchestra in Switzerland. As a soloist he has performed various times with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Ayis Ioannides, Sasha Makila, Spiros Pisinos and Miltos Logiades.
He is a member of many professional musical organizations such as the International Society of Music Education (ISME), the Greek Society of Music Education (GSME), the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain (CASS) and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE). He is also founding member of the Cypriot Society for Music Education (MOUSYKY), the Hellenic Saxophone Association (HSA) and the Cypriot Saxophone Association (Saxophonia) of which he is the current president.