Myra Brooks-Turner is an educator, an award-winning
composer, professional pianist and freelance writer.
Her column “Composer’s Corner” appears in each
edition of the NFMC Junior Keynotes Magazine with
one of her original compositions. She is a writer
of research articles and Pupil Saver columns for
Having started musical training at The Juilliard
School in New York City at age twelve, she holds
bachelors and masters honors degrees with piano,
theory and composition from Southern Methodist
University in Dallas, Texas. A professional composer
and musical director in Dallas, Myra wrote TV
commercials and directed recording sessions. Her
post graduate study in piano performance was with
Italian Maestro Paul Vellucci in Dallas, Texas,
a descendant student of Frèdèric Chopin.
Writing and producing three musicals while at
Southern Methodist University, she served as Composer-In-Residence
for Birmingham Children’s Theatre, writing and
directing six more stage musicals. She is editor
of the TFMC State Piano Competition Bulletin in
which nine of her piano solos appear as required
materials for The Women Composers’ Category.
Myra has taught at Mercer University in Atlanta,
Georgia, Maryville College of Performing Arts
and The University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
A professional pianist of Classical repertoire
and jazz improvisations, Myra is a frequent guest
artist in the area. Owner and creative entity
of MBT Productions, she also owns and operates
The Myra Brooks-Turner Studio of Music in Knoxville,
Tennessee where she teaches voice, piano and composition.
Myra has two concert performance groups associated
with her teaching studio, The Beethoven Society
and The Chopin Society and seven concerts per
Myra is a recipient of the Award of Merit from
the Tennessee Arts Commission as “an outstanding
member of the cultural force of the State of Tennessee
who has helped to nurture and develop the arts
A text book writer of Les Gens, Les Endroits
et Les Choses, Myra is Chairman of the Ossoli
Circle Language Department and French Instructor.
Her collection of piano improvisations Musical
Moods has just been released by Schaum Publications,
Inc. Six other piano works are published by FJH
Music Company, Inc.
A vocal coach as well as a church Minister of
Music for many years, Myra publishes her repertory
series of art songs entitled Suddenly My Heart
Sings, some of which are listed on required selections
in major audition manuals.