Concordia University – Music Department – Private Study – Classical and Contemporary Voice
McGill University – Schulich School of Music – Music Education Area – Vocal Techniques
Music For People - Faculty: Facilitator/Teacher Trainer
DCFG (Drum Circle Facilitators Guild)
Village Music Circles
Dr. Irene Feher (D.Mus) teaches voice at Concordia University and at her private studio in Cote-des-Neiges. She also facilitates improvisation workshops that are based on the philosophy and techniques of Music For People and Village Music Circles. A member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), Music For People, and DCFG (Drum Circle Facilitators Guild) Irene continues to fuel her passion for teaching singing and recreational music making through research and continuing education.
With over 25 years of teaching experience, 30 years of performing 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. Irene’s eclectic musical background enables her to teach various singing styles including classical, musical theatre, and pop. A devoted pedagogue of voice, Irene Feher completed her doctoral degree at The Schulich School of Music/McGill University where she was awarded the coveted SSHRC fellowship for her research in the field of vocal pedagogy, which she presented at the Third International Physiology and Acoustics of Singing Conference in York, England.
Study of “Musicians’ Wellness” with Dr. Louise Montello (New York), and daily practice of yoga, meditation, and more recently Qi Gong, has enabled Irene to overcome performance anxiety, and in turn help others.
In October 2017, Irene completed Music For People’s four-year Musicianship Leadership Program where she worked closely with master facilitators Mary Knysh, Dr. David Rudge, Lynn Miller and James Oshinsky. She is now a featured faculty member of Music For People and promotes Music For People workshops and training in Montreal. In September 2018, Irene started Music For People’s first Regional Musicianship and Leadership Training Program in Montreal, and will be offering regular workshops as part of Concordia University’s “Health Breaks” series starting in November 2018.
In February 2018, Irene participated, along with her mentor Mary Knysh, in an intensive 6-day training with Arthur Hull, founder of Village Music Circles. Irene is now facilitating recreational drum circles for Concordia University’s Multi-Faith & Spirituality Centre.