Marquessa Bullock Aikele is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of
Utah State University in Piano Performance and Pedagogy.
She trained formatively with Gary Amano, Betty Beecher, and the late
Edward McCallson. During her undergraduate years she was a
teacher at USU’s Youth Conservatory, a comprehensive pre-college
piano program where she was awarded Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Aikele has participated in numerous piano competitions and festivals,
receiving multiple awards. She has also been a professional
accompanist at the University of Texas San Antonio and St. Mary’s
University. She was awarded an overall talent winner at Miss Utah
1993 and awarded the title of Miss Utah the same year. She is the
recipient of the Robins Award at USU for lifetime achievement.
Mrs. Aikele has adjudicated many festivals and competitions, including the
JK Hodges Piano Competition and the USU Piano Festival. She
maintains a private piano studio. She is married to Sam Aikele and
they reside in Logandale, Nevada with their four children.