Originally from the Netherlands, Myrna is currently based in London, where she will be commencing her postgraduate studies on the Artist Masters programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Yvonne Kenny in September 2020.
Myrna completed her undergraduate studies at the RCS under the tutelage of Helen Lawson, graduating with a Bachelor with Honours of the First Class, after which she spent two years working as a freelance performer and studying on a part-time basis with Wilma MacDougall.
Myrna regularly performs as a solo recitalist and has performed at venues in cities including Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, High Wycombe and Glasgow, Stromness in Orkney, and Arnhem in her native Netherlands, together with the international Alauda Strings Quartet and pianist Hans Rijkmans.
She has been the soprano soloist in various oratorios including Haydn's Missa Sancti Nicolai, Mozart's Requiem, and Handel's Messiah. She has also been a soloist in works including Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb and Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music.
Opera highlights include the title role in Massenet's Cinderella, Galatea (Acis and Galatea) Sandman (Hansel and Gretel), and Despina (Cosi fan tutte, scenes).
As an ensemble singer, Myrna has been a member of several opera choruses, as well as choirs and vocal ensembles. She is a member of RCS Voices, with whom she has recorded for the RSNO and has performed in the St Magnus International Festival, the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe, among many other exciting performances. She is also a member of Scottish Voices, with whom she has done several recording projects and performed in concerts around Scotland, as well as tours around the USA and Portugal. She was proud to be selected for the Genesis Sixteen 2017/18 programme with Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan, with whom she performed at venues including the Bridgewater Hall, and additionally benefitted from working with esteemed conductors James Burton and Justin Doyle. Myrna has been an opera chorus member for the RCS, Blackbird Opera, and an RCS/Scottish Opera collaboration.
Myrna has been a finalist in competitions including the AESS Courtney Kenny Award and the Norma Greig French Song Prize and was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Handel Singing Competition, 2019. She is also a recipient of prizes including the Keldwyth Award, Musician of the Year in the Lanercost Music Festival, the Molly Wilson Trophy for Best All-round Female Vocalist in the Carlisle and District Music and Drama Festival for 3 consecutive years, and the JRNCM Helen Latto Soroptimist Prize for Singing.
Myrna has participated in singing courses including British Youth Opera, the Classical Singing summer school at the RCS, the Art of Song summer course, and Samling Academy.
She has had the benefit of working with outstanding vocal coaches including Patricia McMahon, Susan McCulloch, David Jones, Caroline Dowdle, Julia Lynch, and Joan Rodgers.
Myrna is enormously grateful to be generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, The Kathleen Trust, the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, and the Dewar Arts Awards.
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