Vocalist, composer, and lyrnyk, she received her B mus from UBC in 1986, and her Kodaly Musicianship teacher training at University of Victoria in 1990. In 1991, inspired by the centenary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada, she founded ZEELLIA, a Slavic Soul sextet which specializes in E. European traditional music with a contemporary edge.
She has produced two ZEELLIA CDs, and performed with ZEELLIA across Canada and in NY city. She teaches private voice and Kodaly musicianship classes, as well as performing as a singer and instrumentalist. She recently worked with Vancouver Moving Theatre to create “Bread and Salt”, a theatrical production celebrating the 85th anniversary of the Ukrainian Hall in the Strathcona neighbourhood, which was performed to sold out audiences in November 2013.
Since 2001, she has been the musical director for the Barvinok Choir, a choir she first sang in over 20 years ago. A native of Winnipeg, she has made her home in Vancouver, B.C. for the past 40 years.