Mireille Rijavec

Musical Theatre

Mezzo-soprano Mireille Rijavec has been heard on the CBC as a soloist and has appeared with Pop Goes
the Opera, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, the Richard Eaton Singers, Pro Coro Canada, and the
Edmonton Metropolitan Orchestra, among others. Theatre being her first love, Mireille has found a
number of ways of involving song in theatre works, such as her cabaret Brie, Baguette and a Broad that
she has been presenting for 15 years, and a number of collaborative works such as A Most Beautiful
Deception, a play based on the poetry by Melissa Lacroix and Lost in Montmartre, a play about a
fictional wake for Érik Satie, all presented at the Edmonton Fringe.

Mireille has a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of British Columbia. She was
Music Faculty at the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean from 1999 to 2012 and was on staff at
Concordia University of Edmonton from 2006 to 2016 as a voice instructor, Manager and Program
Coordinator of Concordia’s School of Music. Mireille was a member of Edmonton’s professional choir
Pro Coro Canada for many years and from 2016 to 2019, their Executive Director. In June of 2018, she
was elected to the Edmonton Arts Council. Mireille continues to act as a consultant for not-for-profit

Mireille is the vocal pedagogue and alto vocal coach for the Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus and has
conducted the Women of Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus in 2023 and February 2024. She teaches voice
privately and works with students of all levels, from children to adults and stresses the importance of
being able to read music, healthy vocal technique grounded in physiology, and ultimately the joy of
communicating through song. Mireille’s students are active singers in the community, and many have
continued their vocal studies in classical voice and musical theatre in post-secondary institutions across
Canada and the United States. Mireille is a member of the CMFAA (Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators
Association), ARMTA (Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association), NATS (National Association of
Teacher of Singing) and is an Affiliate Member of the Association for Body Mapping Educators.