Yvanna Mycyk was born in Toronto and started the violin at the age of 8. After her family relocated to Saskatoon, she joined the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and Saskatoon Chamber Orchestra while in high school. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance at Boston University studying with Yuri Mazurkevich, where she also studied string pedagogy with Bonnie Black. She also studied with Gwen Thompson at the University of Western Ontario. Yvanna attained a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and practiced law for two years after articling at a Toronto litigation firm.
Since obtaining a degree in Education with a specialty in Music at the University of Toronto, Yvanna has enjoyed teaching in individual and group contexts. A versatile artist and educator, Yvanna was the conductor of the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra Intermediate Strings and Mooredale Junior Youth Orchestra for 3 years. She has led student ensembles and taught string instrument classes at Havergal College Junior School, Sistema Toronto Academy, Branksome Hall and the Shadbolt Centre, from age 4 and up. At both Havergal College and Sistema Toronto, Yvanna was instrumental in developing and piloting new music curricula, and most recently played a major role in the VSO School of Music’s Transforming Early Childhood Education Through Music project.
Yvanna has performed nationally and internationally at the the Orford Music Festival in Quebec, the Henri Mancini Institute in California, as soloist with the Prairie Virtuosi orchestra in Saskatchewan, and in recital with acclaimed Ukrainian violinist Anatoly Bazhenov.
With degrees in violin performance, law and education, Yvanna brings a well-rounded, child-centred approach to music learning and the fundamentals of violin playing with an emphasis on creativity, discovery and play.
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