Lark McIvor was born in Alberta, Canada and began her musical studies at an early age. McIvor graduated with a Bachelor of Music, from the University of Lethbridge where she studied studio voice under Dr. Sandra Stringer, John Conlon, and Dr Janet Youngdahl and studio composition under Dr Arlan Schultz and Thilo Schaller.
During her studies at the University of Lethbridge, McIvor formed a student opera workshop where she was able to work as a conductor, director, and composer to produce chamber opera. From this experience, she continues to work with various ensembles to promote classical music and frequently organises concerts and recitals showcasing contemporary composers and performers from across Canada, Ireland, and Scotland.
McIvor went on to study music composition at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. There she obtained her MPhil in Music Composition under the advisory support of contemporary opera composer, Dr. Evangelia Rigaki. While in Dublin, McIvor collaborated with the Royal Irish Academy of Music for individual and ensemble commissions and premiered Forest of Words at the 2018 Trinity College Dublin Grad Show.
McIvor continued her studies at the University of Edinburgh where she earned an MMus in Musicology for her research examining Medievalism, Celticism and national identity. In 2019 her orchestral composition Prayers of the Headwaters was performed and recorded by a pop-up orchestra under the baton of Dr. Tom Butler.
While in Edinburgh, McIvor became involved with Scottish Opera and works to promote opera through Scottish Opera's U26 program as a U26 Ambassador. Building upon the relationships established in her masters programs, McIvor is currently engaged as a Ph.D. Researcher at the University of Edinburgh in Creative Music Practice. She is supported in this by Dr Gareth Williams and Dr James Cook as advisors.