Irena Szmihelsky, a native of Edmonton, has been actively involved in the music sphere for the past 35 years. Her musical training includes study at the University of Alberta at which she received her Bachelor of Education degree with a major in music, extensive study under her mentor, the late Maestro Wolodymyr Kolesnyk, vocal and piano study with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Annually, for twenty consecutive years, she participated in and later became an instructor of conducting technique at the Choral Conductors` Seminars of Ukrainian Music sponsored by the Ukrainian Music Society of Alberta. She has applied her training as a conductor to both adult and children`s choirs: Verkhovyna Choir of the Ukrainian Youth Association, Svitanok Children`s Choir of the Ukrainian Music Society of Alberta and school choirs at Vital Grandin, Albert Lacombe and J. J. Nearing schools of Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional District where, for the past thirty years, she is employed as a music teacher. She is an active member of the Ukrainian Music Society of Alberta and Ukrainian Youth Association of Canada (CYM).