As an experienced multi-instrumentalist, Ursa has been teaching music for 7 years and performing since she was 9 years old. She began her musical journey at age 5 on the piano through Music for Young Children, and added the violin at age 6 through SuzukiMusic under Rosemarie Klimasko. Ursa attended Canterbury High School where she studied in the strings program under John Pohran and Janice Mah. During this time, she discovered her love of the viola and began lessons with NAC’s Paul Casey. In post-secondary, she studied Viola Performance with Michael van der Sloot and received a Bachelor of Music Education. Ursa has performed extensively on both the viola and violin in classical, fiddle, klezmer, folk, and pop. She was the principal viola in the Ottawa Youth Orchestra and the Ottawa Pops Orchestra, and played viola for Cadenza Quartet. She played violin with Stellae Boreales, the Ottawa Klezmer Band, and Maplewood Ceilidh Band. She was a part of the folk trio Fiddlehead Soup, in which she played keyboard, violin, viola, and vocals. Ursa teaches Music for Young Children as well as private students. She loves Suzuki and how it imbues a solid foundation within a musical community. Ursa is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach your children and to impart her love of music to them, whether on violin or viola.