My name is Yanik and I am originally from Drummondville, PQ, but have been living on the West Coast since 1999. How time flies!
I grew up with music around me, but never thought I would end up being a full time musician/performer and making a living at it. Life works in mysterious ways sometimes...
I started piano at the age of 9 years old, then played clarinet through high school getting involved in concert bands, jazz ensembles and music festivals, and eventually made it to college where I studied classical singing. It is at that time that I saw a production of The Phantom of the Opera and discovered musical theatre, and that changed everything!
From there, theatre and the performing arts took a bigger place in my heart and... my schedule! I continued my training at the University of Montreal in classical singing, taking dance classes 3 nights/week at Louise Lapierre Dance Studios and also drama classes at the Montreal Drama Conservatory. I went to school full time, started working on stage and television projects, but that wasn't enough. At the end of my university program, I auditioned for the Canadian College of Performing Arts to fulfill my desire to do musical theatre and got in. That is when my West Coast adventure started!
From there, I completed a very intense year at CCPA, followed by a year-long internship at the Chemainus Theatre and a few years of performing with companies such as Pacific Opera Victoria, Belfry Theatre, Butchart Gardens, Theatre North West and Chemainus Theatre to name a few.
Over the years, while still enjoying performing, I started doing more teaching and directing, which I always did and have always enjoyed, and eventually opened the Yanik Giroux Performing Arts Studio, specializing in Musical Theatre training and Contemporary Commercial Music.
Performing will always provide its thrill of jumping on stage and facing an eager audience, but teaching provides me with a greater rewarding feeling that I can share my passion for music and the arts and hopefully make a difference in the lives of my students by providing opportunities for them to grow through music.
Oh and through all that, I finally got a decent grasp of the english language! :)