Born and raised in Chicago, Karina knew from a very young age she wanted to share her gift of song with the world. Starting with singing in her church and community children’s choirs, her appetite for music soon grew to include private study in music theory, French horn, and violin. Karina took on private vocal instruction at the ripe old age of seven under the direction of Gisela Goettling, who remained her teacher until the age of 19. Karina continued her studies in music well through high school, singing in several choirs both in and outside of her school. Karina earned top honours competing in many music competitions and earned herself a three time placement in the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Honors Choir.
Karina moved to Toronto in 2002 to continue her music studies with the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Classical Music Conservatory. In addition to her schooling, Karina also studied piano and classical guitar privately. Karina also had the honour of being the principle Alto of Toronto’s newly formed Counterpointe Chorale, as well as the St. Vladimr’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church choir, both under the direction of William Woloschuk. Karina also made appearances with the Toronto Opera Repertoire and the Ryerson University Chorus, where she completed her undergraduate studies.
In her free time, Karina enjoys practicing and teaching hot yoga. Yoga has also opened up many different avenues of music for her, especially the study of Kirtan, or musical, devotional yoga of the voice, and she chants and goes to Kirtans regularly. Karina loves this practice, as it is cleansing for the soul and the heart.
Karina currently studies voice with acclaimed vocalist Adi Braun and continues a formal music theory and composition education online with Berklee College of Music. Karina has been a member of the prestigious Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Mendelssohn singers since 2009 and has had the honour of singing backup for Andrea Bocelli and at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games Cultural Myriad in Vancouver. Recently, Karina was accepted to sing with the celebrated Elora Festival Singers under the direction of Noel Edison for the upcoming 2011-2012 season. Karina is very much looking forward to new beginnings in this reputable, Grammy award nominated Canadian chamber choir.
Karina credits her passion and dedication to music to her high school choir director, Robert H. Green, who sadly lost his battle with brain cancer in December 2009. Let music live.
Experience & Education
Alto for Elora Festival SingersSeptember 2011 to Present (over 8 years)
Alto I for Toronto Mendelssohn ChoirSeptember 2009 to Present (over 10 years)
Master Certificate in Music Theory, Harmony, Ear training at Berklee Music2011 to 2013 (2 years)
BSW in Social Work/Psychology at Ryerson University2002 to 2009 (7 years)