Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Programs
Madlen Batchvarova is a successful conductor, pianist, singer, music educator, clinician and adjudicator. Currently, she serves as associate professor of music and director of choral programs, where she conducts the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Batchvarova also teaches conducting, music history and has a large private voice studio.
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Batchvarova holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music education in piano performance and solfege from the Academy of Music and Dance Art in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, as well as a master's in choral conducting from Georgia State University. She completed her doctorate in choral conducting at the University of Alabama.
Batchvarova made her debut as a conductor with the Plovdiv Academy Women's Choir of Bulgaria. She has conducted the ensemble in concerts in the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria, the French Cultural Institute in Plovdiv, as well as the International Choral Festival in Preveza, Greece.
An accomplished pianist, some of the highlights of her accompanying career include first prize in the Competition for Czech and Slovak Music in Varna, Bulgaria, which led to concert engagements at the Bulgarian Cultural Institutes in Prague, the Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia.
During the Hanover's Community Arts Series in 2003, she performed along with pianist Kimm Hollis in a "Music for Two Pianos" concert. In 2008, Batchvarova and organist David Lamb launched a new piano-organ duet, "Kontrasti," which performed frequently around the state.
Since her arrival in the U.S. in 1995, she has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus under the direction of Maestro Robert Shaw. Some highlights of her participation with the ensemble include a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance in 1998, Carnegie Hall appearances with Bach's Mass in B minor and Brahms' Requiem, and participation at the Opening Ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.
In addition to her demanding teaching and performing schedule, Batchvarova maintains an active international career. Among her accomplishments are conducting appearances, workshops, scholarly presentations and publications at the University of Granada, Spain, Academy for Music, Dance, and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, and the Thracian University in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.
She is a regular presenter of interest and reading sessions at the Indiana State and Division conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. Batchvarova also serves as a historical/performance practice consultant for choirs and other musical organizations around the country.
In demand as a guest clinician and conductor, she has conducted honor and all-state choirs in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Bulgaria. Batchvarova is also active as an adjudicator for regional and state solo and choral competitions. She was a member of the jury at the International Choral Festival in Preveza, Greece, and adjudicated the ACDA Student Conducting Competition at the 2007 National Convention.
Batchvarova is a voting member of the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences, the Indiana Choral Directors Association's executive board as the Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives Chair, MENC, American Guild of Organists, College Music Society and the Phi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. Her biography is included in the almanacs "Who's Who in America," "Who's Who of American Women" and "Who's Who in World's Professionals."
B.M., Plovdiv Academy for Music & Dance Art; M.M., Georgia State University; D.M.A., University of Alabama