Dr. Myra Yeung

Viola, Violin Teacher, Administrator

Myra Yeung

SAA Member

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  • Doctor of Musical Arts (Viola), University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)
  • Artist Diploma (Viola), The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory
  • Master of Music (Viola, Violin Suzuki Pedagogy), East Carolina University
  • Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours, Co-op) concurrent with
  • Bachelor of Music (Viola Performance), University of Manitoba

Etobicoke Suzuki Music (ESM) Co-Director and violin and viola faculty in Toronto. Founded by Margot Jewell, ESM is recognized as one of the first Suzuki programs in Canada.

Past faculty member of programs in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (Program Director), Ann Arbor, eastern North Carolina, and Winnipeg. Adjudicator and guest clinician in Manitoba, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Ontario. Dr. Yeung currently sits on the Suzuki Association of Ontario Board of Directors.

Recent achievements by students in Dr. Yeung’s studio include Concertmaster chairs, 1st Place awards, and scholarship awards. Dr. Yeung presented a pedagogical project at the 45th International Viola Congress in the Netherlands in 2018.

Myra is a proponent of lifelong learning and enjoys working alongside colleagues to offer enriching programs for students, parents, and teachers. Some examples include directing and co-chairing Suzuki workshops in Ohio, North Carolina, and Kentucky, administrating a youth orchestra in Chapel Hill, coordinating children’s summer camp programs in Cincinnati and Whiteshell Provincial Park (Manitoba), and directing a mentoring program for teen girls in inner-city Winnipeg.

As a string quartet member, Myra played in the fully-funded graduate Niles String Quartet at the University of Kentucky and participated as quartet-in-residence at UNC-Chapel Hill’s annual week-long Chamber Music Workshop. She also competed in the (Canadian) National Music Festival and performed in chamber masterclasses with Janos Starker and with Musicians From Marlboro, among others.

Myra is the winner of competitions and awards for viola, piano, and chamber music, including winning 1st Place in the CCM Viola Concerto Competition, winning 1st Place in the Manitoba Provincial Music and Arts Festival in the National Chamber Group category, being awarded the Manitoba Music Teachers’ Association Trophy at the Winnipeg Music Festival, being awarded Royal Conservatory Examinations Medals for the highest provincial mark in Piano Levels 2 and 10, and receiving many other awards and scholarships.

For a few years after her undergraduate studies, Myra worked in IT full-time and taught evening violin/viola lessons and group classes. While she continues to enjoy working on computer programming projects, Myra’s passion for teaching became quite evident during that time and she went on to pursue further studies in music pedagogy and performance. She credits her music teachers for instilling in her a wholehearted joy of teaching with excellence.

Myra grew up as a “Suzuki Kid” in Winnipeg, Canada, learning viola from Joanne Martin. Her primary viola teachers also include Catharine Carroll Lees, Masao Kawasaki, Steven Dann, Yizhak Schotten, Melissa Reardon, Yoram Youngerman, and Daniel Scholz. Her primary chamber coaches include the Ariel Quartet, Lee Fiser, Benjamin Karp, Virginia Weckstrom, and Emanuel Gruber, among others. Myra’s Suzuki violin teacher trainers include Joanne Bath, Karen-Michele Kimmett, and Kathleen Spring. Her primary piano teachers include Charles Horton and Lydia Wiebe.