Marya, owner and musical director, grew up immersed around her mother’s piano teaching studio. Her mother was one of the top piano teacher’s in the Ottawa Valley area, having many of her students receiving top awards in the local festivals and competitions.
By age 7, Marya was working towards the requirements for the grade 5 Royal Conservatory of Music diploma. After the passing of Marya’s father, her mother, her brother Quentin and her moved to the West Coast, eventually settling in White Rock, B.C
Marya continued to practice diligently under the tutelage of Darlene Brigidear and her mother. At age twelve, she was working towards her grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music requirements. Though Marya had performed as a soloist twice with the Surrey Music Orchestra, she spent a majority of her formative years studying her craft alone on the piano.
In Marya’s early teenage years, she took up the Oboe. She enjoyed playing with the Delta Youth Orchestra, as she was exposed to the power of music when playing it within a team. Marya also participated in the sport of Ringette. She won most valuable player on and off the ice and played on Team BC for four years.
At the age of 15, Marya received her A.R.C.T diploma with RCM and soon after, received the Western Board Diploma and the Licentiate Diploma with the British Columbia Conservatory of Music.
After high school graduation, she decided to pursue music majoring in piano under the tutelage of Jane Hayes and minoring in Oboe at the Kwantlen University College. At the age of 20, she performed the 1st movement of Rachmaninov’s 2nd piano concerto with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She played 1st English Horn with her University Wind Ensemble in Italy in the summer of 1999.
After studying music at McGill University as piano performance major, she discovered a passion for film. Upon moving back to the lower mainland, she owned and operated a video company, while building a piano teaching studio. She enjoyed collaborating her two passions together while filming weddings and editing old movie home videos.
Marya believes that every music student should be exposed to other instruments during their formative training years. At The Tri-City School of Music, this collaborative concept is one of the components to their formative learning. Marya believes strong technical and theoretical foundation are extremely important through private and group instruction but having strong accompanying skills while having fun working with other students is the backbone of what truly makes a well-rounded musician.