Yuya Miyazaki is a second-year DMA orchestral conducting student at the University of North Texas where he studies with Prof. David Itkin. He has been appointed as interim music director of the Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra’s Symphony Orchestra and is on the music staff of Opera Wakayama (Japan) starting in the 2016-2017 season. In addition, he has served as director and conductor for the student symphony orchestra of UNT’s Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) since 2013. Miyazaki has been gaining additional conducting training with such esteemed teachers as Daniel Asia, Adrian Gnam, Raphael Jimenez, Kenneth Kiesler, Tomas Netopil, Donald Schleicher, Dian Tchobanov, Kirk Trevor, and Victor Yampolsky and has attended various conducting masterclasses and festivals all over the world. In summer of 2016, he was selected as an assistant conductor participant for the 5th Varna International Opera Academy in Bulgaria and conducted public performances of the chamber orchestra, an oratorio concert, and two opera gala concerts as well as assisted with the main production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Stara Zagora State Opera House. He has been invited back to the academy as an associate conductor in the summer of 2017.