As an artist fiercely committed to her craft, Irina strongly believes in providing guidance and mentorship to the young aspiring musicians who soon will be shaping the future of live performing arts.
She uses her expertise as a performer to encourage her students by offering much needed support on their journey to success and inspiring them to achieve artistic excellence in their daily practice.
Irina’s teaching style involves introducing young singers to the classical Italian vocal technique, Stanislavsky’s acting method, IPA diction work with German, French, Spanish, Italian and various Slavic languages. She is equally well-versed in Contemporary Commercial Singing method, offering instruction in Musical Theater and Jazz.
In her studio, Irina puts strong emphasis on developing sophisticated musical taste, learning the value of knowing great singers of the past and finding immediate emotional availability onstage. Her genuinely nurturing approach allows students to build self-confidence and discover their true, unique voice.
In addition to extensive performing, Irina maintains a busy vocal studio. She currently serves as a voice professor at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.
She is an active member of NATS Eastern Division (National Association of Teachers of Singing), Opera America, Ukrainian Congress Committee of America and Ukrainian Women’s League of America.
Irina’s current and former students include winners of regional, national and international competitions, recipients of prestigious vocal scholarships and various recognition awards.
Irina holds an Artist Diploma from Gliére Municipal Academy of Music in Kyiv, Ukraine and a Bachelor of Music degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music in California, both specializing in Voice Performance. She recently graduated with honors and obtained her Master’s Degree in Vocal Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.