An accomplished vocalist and bandura instrumentalist (a 58 stringed Ukrainian folk instrument), Olya has been entertaining audiences for over 25 years. Olya is a multi-faceted performer incorporating her many years of music and dance studies. She has released several recordings that are available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and at her own website Olya Fryz.
Growing up in NYC, Olya trained, performed and recorded with the Homin Stepiv Bandura Ensemble, the New York School of Bandura, the Promin Vocal Ensemble, Pani Roma Pryma Bohachevsky’s “Syzokryli” Dance Ensemble, pianist Andrij Stasiw and several Ukrainian wedding bands. Olya emerged as a solo vocalist who set out to develop her music creatively and instinctively to reflect traditional Ukrainian concepts with individualized arrangements and flair. Olya’s love of Ukrainian folk music is heard in all of her recordings.
Now, living in Oxford, CT, Olya is a certified elementary music teacher in Trumbull, CT and currently teaches music to grades K-5 at Jane Ryan Elementary School. She performs many benefit concerts for the Ukraine and is a member of the Ukrainian Women’s Bandura Ensemble of North America.