Katya McBeth

Katya has loved music from a very early age. Her first violin lessons were with Renee Doucet, a fiddler from Cape Breton who taught Katya how to play jigs and reels. In the summer, Katya used her talents to busk for the many tourists along the Halifax waterfront!

For the past five years, Katya has been studying the violin with Celeste Jankowski. Celeste has helped Katya develop her sight-reading skills and has encouraged Katya not just to perfect the technical aspects of a piece, but also its musicality. In the last four Kiwanis festivals, Katya has placed first six times and she has placed second four times. She most recently was recommended to compete in the Nova Scotia Provincial Music Festival, in which she tied for first.

Katya loves playing in group settings. For the past year, she has been a part of the Piasco String Quartet with her friends who are also in the NSYO. For the past three years, she has played as Principal Second Violin in the chamber orchestra at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. Katya is very excited to be in the NSYO this year and continues to share her musical abilities with others!