D.Mus, Voice Performance and Pedagogy
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 2003-2009
M.Mus, Voice Performance and Pedagogy
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 2000-2003
Known for her sincere expressivity and warm voice, mezzo-soprano Irene Feher is thrilled to be performing again. After five years of deep exploration in the art of improvisation, nine years of yoga practice, recent practice of Qi Gong, and personal work to overcome severe performance anxiety, Irene finds herself deeply inspired by new insights as she once again interprets works by classical and musical theatre composers, and creates musical pieces in the moment.
Irene has performed as recitalist and soloist, and is now seeking to take the song recital out of the concert hall to make live classical music and singing more accessible. She is also seeking to collaborate with artists of other mediums, and integrate improvisation - musical pieces in the moment to create a more interactive and spontaneous concert experience for audiences. Recent concerts have included musical improvisation, and works by Franz Schubert, Gustav Mahler, Robert Schumann, Gabriel Fauré, Arthur Honegger, Richard Strauss, Richard Rogers, Jason Robert Brown and Stephen Sondheim.
For her doctoral thesis she analysed and performed songs by the Austrian composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Irene studied and performed 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 City), Winston Purdy, and Beverley McGuire. She also received extensive repertoire coaching from Michael McMahon, Jan Simons, and Jennifer Matthews.
Before entering the world of classical singing, Irene performed covers of popular, country and folk songs all over Quebec and Ontario. The niece of well-known Montreal artists Norman and Annie Brooks, Irene Feher has been singing for as long as she can remember.
D.A.M.P.S.(Diploma in Advanced Music Studies), Voice
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 1999-2002
B.F.A. Music Performance, Voice
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 1995-1999
“Musings on the Intangible Nature of Song” - performance-lecture in conjunction with Lee Mingwei’s work Sonic Blossom presented, Phi Centre, Montreal (https://phi-centre.com/article/fr-musings-on-the-intangible-nature-of-song/)
October 2017 to March 2018
“Sonic Blossom” (2013 – ongoing) Participatory performance installation with singer, music stand, costume, and spontaneous song by artist Lee Mingwei - Musical director and, on occasion, performer - DHC/ART, Montreal
“Improvisation” with pianist Josée Allard - Concert sur la Chevauchée - Ville de Sainte-Lazare, QC
Soloist for 90th Anniversary Celebration of the Hungarian United Church - Montreal
“Evening of Songs and Duets” - with soprano Colleen Bartley and pianist Linda Brady - Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal
Soloist for Tenth Anniversary Symposium BRAMS (International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research) - University of Montreal, Montreal
“I Will Not be Sad in this World” by Eve Beglarian with alto Shelley Snow and flautist Liselyn Adams - Harmony for Humanity: In Celebration of Daniel Pearl World Music Days - Concordia University, Montreal
“Cole Porter and this Thing Called Love” piece for actor, singer and pianist, co-creation and presented with pianist Nancy Berman and actors Larry Lamont and Andrew Willmer - Marianopolis College, Private Concert on Cedar Avenue, and McGill Faculty Club, Montreal
“Green Steps in Sunshine” by Andrew MacDonald (Montreal Premiere) with clarinettist Louise Campbell - McGill Conservatory & Mountainside United Church, Montreal