Maria Zlateva was director of theory and string and orchestra activities at Walla Walla College, now University, from 2001 to 2003. A native of Bulgaria, she was born in Stara Zagora, the daughter of Ljuba Dimitorva Zlateva and Zlati Ivanov Zlatev. She is a 1992 B.Mus.Ed. graduate of the Academia of Music and Dance in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She received a performerís certificate in 1998 from La Sierra University and an M.Mus. from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas in 2000.
She completed a D.M.A. in violin performance at the University of Texas at Austin in 2003. Her dissertation (treatise) was titled Romanian Influences on George Enescu's Artistic and Musical Development as Exemplified by His Third Violin Sonata.
An accomplished violinist, Zlateva has served as principal player or in concertmaster positions in several orchestras in Europe and the United States, including the Amadeus Orchestra in London, and the Pazardjik Symphony and Plovdiv State Philharmonic in Bulgaria. She won first prize in the Annual Concerto Competition at LSU in 1998 and received the Graduate Honorís String Quartet scholarship at the California State University in Northridge in 1998 and the Grace Buell Music Memorial scholarship at LSU in 1997 and 1998.
After leaving WWU, Zlateva moved to the Salem, Oregon, area where she maintained a violin studio and was a member of the Salem Chamber Orchestra. She subsequently attended the University of Mississippi School of Law from 2007 to 2008 and the Willamette University College of Law in Oregon from 2008-2010. She practices law in the Portland, Oregon, area serving as an immigration attorney.
Sources: Vita provided by Maria Zlateva for her doctoral dissertation in 2003; Information provided at the time of her appointment to WWC in 2001; LinkedIn and other online sources; personal knowledge.