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Hitting all the right notes

Originally posted May 2016

Soprano Katya Khartova has been proud to sing O Canada at convocation ceremonies for the past two years.

But this year, it will be her turn to be serenaded with the national anthem when she steps on stage and graduates with a Bachelor of Music from the U of S. It will be a memorable moment for Khartova and something she could have only dreamed about, growing up back in Ukraine.

“It is very personal to me,” said Khartova, who became a Canadian citizen five years ago. “Every time I have to sing ‘Our home and native land’ I feel a part of that because Canada is a country that welcomes immigrants and I am one of them and I hope to have my own contributions to pass on to other generations.”

The 27-year old Khartova hopes to be part of the next generation of Canadian singing sensations after winning back-to-back provincial music festival competitions, posting the highest grade (88 per cent) earned in vocal studies in the past six years at the U of S, and serving as the featured soloist in the university’s Music Theatre Ensemble.