Irene Apanovitch is second-year D.M.A. student in the Department of Choral & Sacred Music at Thornton School of Music. Her primary fields of study are choral conducting, educational psychology, music teaching and learning, and instrumental conducting. Prior to coming to USC, Irene received her M.Mus from the University of Alberta and B.Mus in Music Education from the University of Toronto. Born in Minsk, Belarus, Irene is a Canadian citizen who was raised in Mississauga, Ontario.
At USC, Irene is a senior teaching assistant within the choral department. She is the Lead Conductor for Oriana Women’s Choir (MUEN 311/511) and the coordinator of the department’s annual Choral Leadership Workshop for high school students and Invitational Choral Festivals. An avid advocate for professional development, Irene is the current President of the ACDA Student Chapter at Thornton School of Music and is the founder of Choral Canada’s student chapter initiative. When not at USC, Irene tutors adult learners for the Los Angeles Public Library Adult Literacy Program and spends time at home with her fiancé and their two guinea pigs, Omar and Victor.