Inspired by her grandmother’s and mother’s dedication and discipline to the piano, Dayna began a formal study of piano at age eight, and soon after chose the violin in furthering her interest in music. She excelled immediately, following in the footsteps of her older brothers who played the cello and viola. She was active in Youth Conservatory at Utah State University studying piano and music theory through age sixteen before dedicating her efforts entirely to violin. Dayna studied with Janice McAllister, Ted Ashton, and Dr. James McWhorter of USU and The Cache Valley Youth Symphony. She also studied with the late Barbara Williams of BYU and the Utah Symphony. She excelled in local competitions and masterclasses, and was privileged to study with violinists of the Ying String Quartet and the Amernet String Quartet. She developed a love for solo performance at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado, and performed her first solo with orchestra, the Bach Violin Concerto in E Major.
Dayna earned a Bachelor Degree in Business-Management and Human Resources, with a Minor in International Business from Utah State University, as well as an International Studies Certificate from the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. She went on to earn a Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance, from New Mexico State University. She excelled in her studies under the tutelage of Daniel Vega Albela and Blake Espy of the Latin Grammy-winning La Catrina Quartet. She also studied privately from Michael Fedkenheuer of the Miro Quartet during this time.
Dayna has played professionally with the Harrogate Philharmonic Orchestra, San Antonio Messiah, the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra, and enjoys performing at every occasion. She performs two solo recitals each year to bring violin music to the communities where she resides. She has performed at venues around the world, including Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Finland, Israel, and the UK. She enjoys teaching, learning from other musicians, and performing wherever she lives.
Dayna loves to practice and research. She especially loves studying and researching the legendary violinists from Paganinni to present day. She teaches violin, and also piano, her second instrument, to students of all ages and abilities.
Dayna is available for lessons at her private studio in Texas as well as via Skype or Facetime.