Irene Apanovitch was born in Minsk, Belarus, where she began her studies in music. Since immigrating to Canada, she has received an undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Toronto, as well as a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta. Irene's graduate thesis, The Passion in Latin America: Examination of 3 choral movements from Golijov's 'La Pasión según San Marcos', has received the Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation Award from the Association for Canadian Choral Communities.
In 2011, Irene travelled to South America to conduct research on Venezuelan choral music and attend the 9th World Symposium on Choral Music in Puerto Madryn, Argentina.
Irene has participated in numerous conducting workshops including the Princeton Music Festival (NJ, USA), Bard Conductors' Institute (NY, USA), Norfolk Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop (CT, USA), Shlern International Music Festival (Bolzano, Italy), and the Sarteano Chamber Choral Workshop (Sarteano, Italy). Irene currently lives in Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) where she enjoys working for the Alberta Choral Federation and conducting various ensembles, including the I Coristi Chamber Choir and the All-City Children’s Choir. She is very excited to be among colleagues who share her passion for South American choral music at the NDSU Choral Symposium.