Dr. Myra Yeung

Viola, Violin Teacher, Administrator

Myra Yeung

SAA Member

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An active violin and viola teacher, Myra grew up as a “Suzuki Kid”, learning viola from Joanne Martin.

Dr. Yeung is Director of the Northern Kentucky Suzuki Program at the Northern Kentucky School of Music of Immanuel, where she maintains a large studio. She is a past faculty member of music programs in Winnipeg, Ann Arbor, and eastern North Carolina. She adjudicated for the Julia Bartles Concerto Competition (Kentucky), the Morden Festival of the Arts (Manitoba), and for the Winnipeg Youth Orchestras’ Scholarship Competition. She presented masterclasses at the University of Manitoba’s Division of Preparatory Studies as a guest clinician. Recent student achievements by her studio include winning James P. Stephens Scholarship awards (Kentucky) and also the Concertmaster chairs of the Northern Kentucky Youth Orchestra and Northern Kentucky Concert Strings.

Myra is the winner of competitions for viola, piano, and chamber music, and is the recipient of top prizes and scholarships from The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations, the University of Kentucky, East Carolina University, and the University of Manitoba, among others. More recently, she won 1st place in the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Viola Concerto Competition.

As a string quartet member, Myra 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.

Dr. Yeung is a proponent of lifelong learning and enjoys serving in leadership roles where she can work with colleagues to offer enriching programs for students, parents, and teachers. Examples include director of the Northern Kentucky Suzuki Summer Workshop, co-director of the 2014 Cincinnati Suzuki Workshop with CCM Prep, assistant director of a youth chamber orchestra at UNC-Chapel Hill, co-chair of the 2007 North Carolina Statewide Suzuki Workshop, coordinator of the summer program at a Cincinnati church, director of a Winnipeg inner-city teen girls’ program, and co-director of children’s summer camps in Whiteshell Provincial Park.

Myra is an invited presenter at the International Viola Conference 2018, to be held in The Netherlands. She will be speaking about an online pedagogical resource she designed with the modern-day violist in mind.

Dr. Yeung received her Doctor of Musical Arts (Viola) from CCM. She received her Artist Diploma from The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School in Toronto, her M.Music (Performance) from East Carolina University, and her B.Music (Performance) and B.Computer Science (Honours, Co-op) from the University of Manitoba.

Myra’s hometown is Winnipeg, Canada, where the average temperature is 26 C/79 F during summer and where car engine coolant (or oil) is kept warm via extension cord during winter. Winnie-the-Pooh’s name was inspired in part by Winnipeg.