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Jamila Javadova-Spitzberg, Doctor of Musical Arts, is an internationally performing musician and teacher. Her concert venues include the United States, countries of the former USSR and Western Europe, including the Netherlands, Germany, France, Denmark and England.
Jamila Javadova-Spitzberg holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, majoring in Organ Performance with minor in Music Theory under the supervision of Dr. Lenora McCroskey. She received her Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Theory and Organ Performance from Azerbaijan State Conservatory under Dr. Tahira Yagubova. She holds a Performing Organist Licentiate Diploma from the Associated Royal Schools of Music, and a Diploma from the Conservatory of Amsterdam where she was a student of renowned Professor Jacques van Oortmerssen. Dr. Javadova-Spitzberg also studied with world-recognized musicians including Andrea Marcon of Italy; Jean Boyer, Naji Hakim and Michel Bouvard of France; and Hans Ola Ericsson of Sweden.
From 2009 through 2015, she was an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas. Through the years 1986-1995, Jamila Javadova-Spitzberg was a lecturer on the Theory and History of Music in different schools of Azerbaijan including the Baku State Conservatory. Between 1993-1995, she presented music programs as an expert musicologist on Azerbaijani State Television. From 1995-1997, she taught piano, organ, and music theory at the Institute of Classical Music in Manama, Bahrain. In 2003, Javadova-Spitzberg was appointed Teaching Fellow in Organ Performance, in 2005 a Teaching Assistant in Choral studies at the University of North Texas, and in 2006, a Music Instructor at the Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.
Her musicological interests include research in the field of the Dutch Baroque, particularly Tabulatuuboeck van Psalmen en Fantasyen of 1659 by Anthoni van Noordt as well as in the Gregoriana of Naji Hakim, a prodigious talent of twentieth century. Her article “Invocation of Joy, Glory, and Greatness,” based on the Gregoriana was published in the October 2007 issue of The American Organist Magazine.
In December 2016, Dr. Javadova-Spitzberg has released a CD titled Gara Garayev: Transcriptions for Organ consisting of works of the prodigious Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev. This CD was recorded on the magnificent 85 stop Marcussen organ in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and mastered by Grammy Award winning Tritonus Musikproduktion GmbH in Stuttgart.