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Vlada Volkova-Moran, Piano

A native of Russia, Vlada Volkova-Moran holds diplomas from the Tula Music College, Moscow Lenin Pedagogical University and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory as a piano teacher, accompanist, music educator and performing artist. While in Russia she taught piano and was the principal accompanist for the premiere children's choir of Moscow, “Stellar”. With the choir she toured Europe many times, participating in international competitions and winning numerous awards. They performed for Pope John Paul II, Alexi II Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Boris Yeltsin, and the leadership of the Russia Federation at the Palace of Congress for the 850th anniversary of Moscow. As an organ student of professor Alexei Parshin, Vlada had an opportunity to perform on the organs at the Great and Small Halls of the Moscow Conservatory and at the State M.I. Glinka Music Culture Museum.

Vlada moved to America in 1998. She works as an organist at Peace United Church of Christ and serves as a main organist for the Diocesan Choir of Monterey. She is also a principal accompanist for Cabrillo Symphonic Choir and Temple Beth El Choir.

During her European tours with the Cabrillo Symphonic Choir and the Diocesan Choir of Monterey in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2013, Vlada had a chance to perform on many interesting and historical organs of Italy, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Especially memorable among them were the organ at Milan Cathedral which is one of the largest organs in Europe, the organs of the St. Peter Basilica in the Vatican where she played during Sunday Masses, Berlin's Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church organ, and the organ at the Basilica Maria Plain in Salzburg.

Vlada has appeared in concerts with the Santa Cruz Chorale, Ariose Singers, UCSC Concert Choir, Monterey Chamber Orchestra, Cadenza Orchestra, and with many other local singers and instrumentalists.

As a big fan of chamber music, Vlada often performs with the Santa Cruz Chamber Players, and she is a member of the Loma Prieta Ensemble and the Celebrated Piano Ensemble.

Vlada has performed many organ recitals in Santa Cruz and the larger Bay Area. She has been featured as a solo artist with the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, and is the founder and artistic director of the annual New Year's Eve “Organists Kaleidophone” concert series in Santa Cruz.

Vlada runs a large piano studio in Santa Cruz and teaches organ privately. She is an active member of the American Guild of Organists and the Music Teachers Association of California, and her students can often be heard in the concerts sponsored by these organizations.