Performer/Presenter

Known for her sincere expressivity and warm voice, mezzo-soprano Irene Feher performs as recitalist and soloist. She is always looking for opportunities to take the song recital out of the concert hall and into the community, and performs classical, musical theatre and popular music programs at fundraisers and seniors’ residences. Recent concerts have included musical improvisation with audience participation, and works by Franz Schubert, Gustav Mahler, Robert Schumann, Gabriel Fauré, Arthur Honegger, Richard Strauss, Richard Rogers, Jason Robert Brown, Stephen Sondheim, Joni Mitchell and Jim Cuddy.

 

Irene also enjoys giving talks on music, singing and improvisation. 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.  

Credentials
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

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

Recent Performances

 

August 2019

"Music for People performance ensemble", David Rudge and Mary Knysh directors - Fredonia, NY

August 2019

"Music for People performance ensemble", David Rudge and Mary Knysh directors - Lilydale, NY

June 2019

"Songs from the stage", with pianist Giancarlo Scalia - Residence Place St Moritz - Ville Sainte-Laurent, QC

May 2019

"Universality of Love through Music", with The Royal Barbados Police Force Band, pianist Ryan Boyce, and Breeze - Barbados Association of Palliative care fundraiser - Bridgetown, Barbados

December 2018

"Songs from the stage", with pianist Giancarlo Scalia - Manoir Westmount, Montreal, QC

August 2018

"Music for People performance ensemble", David Rudge and Mary Knysh directors - Fredonia, NY

December 2017

Musings on the Intangible Nature of Song” - performance-lecture in conjunction with Lee Mingwei’s work Sonic Blossom presented, Phi Centre, Montreal

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

October 2017

“Improvisation” with pianist Josée Allard - Concert sur la Chevauchée - Ville de Sainte-Lazare, QC

 

August 2017

"Music for People performance ensemble", David Rudge and Mary Knysh directors - Fredonia, NY

May 2017

"The charm of Li-Rong Dong", with pianist Giancarlo Scalia - Maison Symphonique - Montreal, QC

October 2016

Soloist for 90th Anniversary Celebration of the Hungarian United Church - Montreal

May 2016

“Evening of Songs and Duets” - with soprano Colleen Bartley and pianist Linda Brady - Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal

 

October 2015

Soloist for Tenth Anniversary Symposium BRAMS (International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research) - University of Montreal, Montreal

 

September 2014

“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

 

October 2012

“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

 

May 2010

“Green Steps in Sunshine” by Andrew MacDonald (Montreal Premiere) with clarinettist Louise Campbell - McGill Conservatory & Mountainside United Church, Montreal

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