Andrea Kuzmich has a PhD ABD in Ethnomusicology, MA (Master of Arts) in Ethnomusicology, and a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in Music from York University in Toronto. Andrea is a versatile and award winning singer, teacher, ethnomusicologist, music facilitator and mother. Her eclectic musical activities defy her conventional classical beginnings where by the age of 16 she was a cellist with the McMaster Symphony and had performed in four different Canadian Opera Company productions. Andrea has also: fronted an alternative pop band; won The Ella Fitzgerald Award for Performance in Vocal Jazz and The St. Thyagaraja Award for Performance in South Indian Singing and Drumming; sung in a Congolese Gospel Choir; studied Balkan folk music; co-led classes and kids’ camps on West African drumming; performed in Big Bands, small jazz combos, as well as contemporary new music ensembles; recorded film soundtracks; taken a leading role in the practice of ridnyj holos (Ukrainian traditional singing) in Canada through FolkCamp.ca; become Canada’s foremost practitioner and academic of the UNESCO proclaimed intangible heritage Georgian polyphony; led camps and workshops for kids and adults in composition and songwriting, blues, bluegrass; and body percussion.
Andrea has taught music or has been a visiting guest artist at: the Toronto District School Board, for body percussion (2020); York University, for private voice and musicianship and led the World Music Chorus (2006-2012); University of Toronto, with the vocal jazz ensemble (2012), Viva Youth Singers (2011); and Young Voices of Toronto, formerly High Park Choir (2016).
Andrea can be heard on Veryan Weston’s “Make” (2018); Tanya Tagaq’s “Retribution” (2016); DoVira’s “DoVira” (2016); Kalendar’s “Sichen” (2016); ZARI’s “ZARI” (2008); Whitney’s Smith Big Steam Band’s “Swing’s Mistress” (1998); movie soundtracks “The Witch” (2015) and “In The Tall Grass” (2019); documentary soundtrack “What is Love” (2016), CBC’s Choral Concert (2011), and many others.