Galina Ivannikova is a vocal coach, singer, pianist, and a performer with over twenty years of experience in the classical and operatic fields. Her approach to teaching is holistic, drawing on a strong background in vocal pedagogy and music education, and is based on her experience in teaching and performing.
After completing her voice and piano studies at the Mykolaiv State University (MA in Piano Pedagogy), Kyiv Academy of Music (MA in Opera, Chamber Music Performance), and University of Memphis, Tennessee (DMA but ABD in the Opera Performance,) she taught piano and voice for children and adults of all levels, ages, and musical styles in Ukraine and as an assistant professor at the University of Memphis, Tennessee.
Galina has won numerous competitive awards including from the Hohenberg-Scheidt Young Artist Award and Concerto Competition, the University of Memphis, and many music competitions in Ukraine.
After relocating to New York, Galina began her operatic career. She has appeared with numerous regional companies in the roles of Amneris, Azucena, Ulrica, Eboli, in operas by Verdi, as Fricka, Brangäne, Waltraute in operas by Wagner, as Carmen in Bizet’s opera, as Leonora and Sarah in operas by Donizetti, Santuzza by Mascagni, as La Cieca by Ponchielli, as Klythemnestra in Electra by Strauss, etc. She has also appeared in numerous recitals.
Galina combines her music career as a teacher and coach, as she is involved in a multilingual program which teaches diction and pronunciation for singers
(www.dictionbuddy.com). She continues participating in international music competitions, even as her students can be found singing in opera houses in Ukraine, Russia, and Europe.