Irene M. Feher
Style: Pop; Opera; Folk; Rock; Classical; Musical Theatre
Title: Department of Music at Concordia University
Dr. Irene Feher, mezzo-soprano and contemporary song vocalist, is a devoted pedagogue, free improvisation facilitator, and performer. Irene teaches classical/contemporary voice at Concordia University's Department of Music, facilitates "Music for People" improvisation workshops, and has a private voice studio in Montreal where she teaches individual and group classes to adults of all ages and levels of musical experience. Irene also facilitates vocal improvisation workshops (EuSing!) where she combines technique, improvisation, and interactive play to help singers develop confidence, access vocal freedom, and get in touch with their unique expression and creative musical intuition. In July 2021 and 2022 Irene attended University of Shenandoah's CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute Online summer program. A regular attendee of NATS conferences, Irene also studied performance wellness with Dr. Louise Montello, founder and director of Performance Wellness Inc. (New York), and completed a four-year training program with "Music For People" on improvisation and facilitation (musicforpeople.org). 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 the use of visual feedback for the practical instruction of lyric diction. She presented her research at the Third International Physiology and Acoustics of Singing Conference in York, England. For her doctoral thesis and lecture recital she analyzed and performed songs by the Austrian composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Irene studied ‘The German Lied and its Poetry’ at the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Austria where she worked with internationally renowned artists Elly Ameling, Helmut Deutsch, Kieth Engen, Wolfgang Holzmair, Jorma Hynninen, Rudolf Jansen, Karl Markovics, Walter Moore, Christoph Prègardien, Reinhold Schaffrath, Benno Schollum, and Edith Wiens. She has studied voice with such respected teachers as Norma Newton (New York), Winston Purdy, and Beverley McGuire (Montreal). She has also received extensive repertoire coaching from Michael McMahon and Dr, Jennifer Matthews. Before entering the world of classical voice, Irene performed regularly all over Quebec and Ontario as a back up and lead vocalist for the popular cover bands China Blue, the Napoleons, and Fair & Mann. Irene sings to serve the community and local charities. She performed accompanying herself on guitar at a fundraiser for "Enfant Soleil". Other recent concerts include a program called "Songs From the Opera Stage to the Silver Screen" which she presented to local retirement residences live and online. Irene sang and co-created a production featuring the songs of Cole Porter. With almost three decades of teaching experience, and a passion for healthy vocal production, Irene works with singers of all ages and levels. Her teaching approach is holistic and she teaches various singing styles including classical, pop, musical theatre, folk, and rock. She also works with original artists.
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Voice Type: Mezzo-soprano
Music Styles Taught: Pop; Opera; Folk; Rock; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I have a wait-list for private lessons; I am available as a clinician or presenter; I offer lessons in a group environment; I accept students through a college or university program