Dr. Yanakieva then completed the D.M.A. in Piano Performance from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Rumyana was a scholarship winning pianist during her time at Michigan State University, and was a collaborative pianist in over 50 graduate and undergraduate recitals. In 2013, Dr. Yanakieva was selected to participate as a collaborative pianist at the International Trumpet Guild Seminar, in Grand Rapids, MI.
Currently, Dr. Yanakieva is a founding member and teacher at Cupertino Music Academy. She is the pianist and organist at Union Church, in Cupertino, California. She maintains an active studio of all ages, featuring 'Master Classes', Recitals, and community performances. Yanakieva is always in demand as a performer for events featuring piano or other special music. Rumyana enjoys spending time outdoors, practicing yoga, and traveling home to visit family and friends.