Once a soloist with the Kyiv Youth Symphony and Choir, Irina performed throughout the former Soviet Union as a member of the popular Kazka children’s theater. She graduated with honors from the historic Gliere Music College, where she studied voice performance after receiving a full four year scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine. Irina moved to the United States in 2000 and graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2006 with a degree in Classical Voice Performance.
She has performed as a soloist and guest artist with such companies and venues as Opera Skagafjordur in Reykjavik, Iceland; New York City Ballet and Orchestra, Opera Saratoga, Syracuse Opera, Arizona Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Hubbard Hall Opera Theater, Lowell House Opera at Harvard University, the Altlanta Folk Orchestra, the Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra, Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, Balalaika and Domra Association of America, New York State Capitol, Festival of United Nations, Petroushka Ball, the Russian Tea Room New Year’s Gala, among others.
An avid supporter of ethnic repertoire, Irina served as a Russian diction coach and worked with soloists at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Saratoga, Ars Musica Choral Ensemble, Williams College and Lowell House Opera at Harvard University. In light of the political unrest in Ukraine, Irina was proud to present a Ukrainian opera Cossack Beyond the Danube in New York which she produced in collaboration with Boston-based Commonwealth Lyric Theater and Zorepad Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. The project was met with much critical acclaim and enthusiasm, with Irina receiving recognition from Ukrainian Congress Committee of America.
In addition to extensive performing, Miss Petrik currently serves as an adjunct voice professor at the College of Saint Rose and enjoys working as a director with Saratoga Children’s Theatre and as a music director at Capital District School of Ukrainian Studies. Ms. Petrik is looking forward to returning to her homeland in the summer of 2017, as she prepares to sing her first Rosalinda with the National Operetta Theater of Ukraine.
Ms. Petrik has been a part of our faculty since early 2018.