Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Washington School of Music
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Steven Sam Staryk, Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington School of Music, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in violin.
Dr. Staryk originally wanted to learn the accordion. Being from Ukraine, his mother knew that he should be playing the violin. Following his love of music, Dr. Staryk took coursework at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada from 1942 to 1948. He then continued with his coursework at Harbord Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Canada from 1945 to 1948. From there, he began his career in music and in 1980, he received an honorary LittD from York University.
Dr. Staryk’s highlight of his career was being the youngest concertmaster at the age of 24 for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London and being the youngest full professor, at the age of 36, in the history of the Oberlin College Conservatory. He embarked on his career in 1951, starting as a soloist and concertmaster of CBC-Radio and ended up staying there until 1955. In 1956, he joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as a soloist and concertmaster, where he remained for three years. Dr. Staryk then moved on to become a first concertmaster and teacher at the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Amsterdam Conservatory from 1960 to 1963. He then became a concertmaster for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1963 to 1967. Dr. Staryk decided to move to a position in education in 1968. He became a professor of violin for Oberlin College Conservatory until 1972, when he went to the Academy of Music to fulfill the same position. In 1975, he joined the Royal Conservatory of Music as a professor of Violin and held that position until 1987. From there, he landed a permanent spot as a professor of violin and chair of the string division at the University of Washington’s School of Music. In 1997, he became a professor emeritus there and stills hold that position to this day.
As a testament to his success, Dr. Staryk received the first Distinguished Teaching Award given out by the University of Washington’s School of Music in 1995. He co-wrote his biography/memoir with T. Lewis called “Fiddling with Life,” in 2000. Dr. Staryk has received a myriad of accolades throughout his career including but not limited to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Government of Canada from 2012 to 2013, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal from the Government of Canada and the Shevchenko Medal. Furthermore, he has been listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Entertainment and Who’s Who in the World.
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