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Dr. Irene Feher, mezzo-soprano, is a devoted pedagogue and recitalist. She completed her doctoral degree at The Schulich School of Music/McGill University where she was awarded the coveted SSHRC fellowship for her research in vocal pedagogy, which she presented at the Third International Physiology and Acoustics of Singing Conference in York, England. For her doctoral thesis she analyzed and performed songs by the Austrian composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Irene studied 'Poetry and Performance of the German Lied' at the Franz-Schubert-Institute in Austria where she worked with internationally renowned artists Elly Ameling, Helmut Deutsch, Jorma Hynninen, Rudolf Jansen, Christoph Prègardien, and Edith Wiens. She studied voice with such respected teachers as Norma Newton (New York), Winston Purdy, and Beverley McGuire (Montreal). She also received extensive repertoire coaching from Michael McMahon.
Irene performs locally as a recitalist and soloist. Her most recent concerts have included the music of Gustav Mahler, Franz Schubert, Arthur Honegger, Georges Bizet, Cole Porter, and Canadian composer Andrew MacDonald.
Irene has a private voice studio in Montreal, and teaches voice at Concordia University, McGill University (faculty of music education) and Marianopolis College. A member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), AIRS (Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing), and Music for People (where she is completing her first year of the Musicianship Leadership Program), Irene continues to fuel her passion for teaching through her study of and research on improvisation and its use in vocal instruction.
With over 20 years of teaching experience, and a passion for healthy vocal production, Irene teaches singers of all ages and levels. Her holistic approach combines formal classical vocal technique with somatic awareness and improvisation. She teaches various singing styles including classical, musical theatre, and pop. Her study of musicians' wellness with Dr. Louise Montello (New York) has enabled Irene to help singers overcome performance anxiety. She also designed conducts vocal improvisation workshops, called EuSing!, for small and large groups at the Dorian Centre of the Healing Arts (Montreal).
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