Singing Quotes

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song.  ~Chinese Proverb

He who sings frightens away his ills.  ~Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

Some days there won't be a song in your heart.  Sing anyway.  ~Emory Austin

I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing.  ~William James

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?  ~Rose F. Kennedy

Sweetest the strain when in the song
The singer has been lost.
~Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

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Mireille Rijavec 

Mireille has appeared as a mezzo soprano soloist with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, the Richard Eaton Singers, Pro Coro Canada, the Edmonton Metropolitan Orchestra, Concordia University Chorus and Orchestra, Opera Breve Vancouver, Western Concert Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, and in productions supported by Edmonton Opera.  She has been heard as the inimitable Julia Child in Lee Hoiby’s Bon Appétit!, an operatic version of one of Julia’s cooking shows, which brought her critical acclaim in Vancouver  and at the Edmonton Fringe. 

Mireille is also in demand as a cabaret singer. She presented her cabaret Brie, Baguette and a Broad many times and was cast in Edmonton’s professional French theatre L’Unithéâtre’s production of the cabaret Le Lapin enivré in 2009. In 2013, Mireille appeared in the Edmonton Fringe in the critically acclaimed Lost in Montmartre, a cabaret/wake in honour of the composer Erik Satie, where "...classical singer Mireille Rijavec is the sublime vocal highlight who helps you get lost in Satie's Paris." (Edmonton Journal). In Mireille was in A Most Beautiful Deception, the story of how a real poet (Melissa Lacroix) was inspired by the music of Chopin, Debussy, Robert and Clara Schumann through her muses.

 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 has been 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 has been heard many times on the CBC as a soloist and has been a core member of Western Canada’s only professional choir, Pro Coro Canada since 2001. As of September 2016, she is now the General Manager of Pro Coro Canada. 

Since September 2013, Mireille has been on staff as a vocal coach for the Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus. She also has a private voice studio and works with students of all levels, from children to adults. Mireille's pedagogy is based in the realm of classical vocal music. She stresses the importance of being able to read music, healthy vocal technique, and ultimately the joy of communicating through song.


Phone: (780)489-6693



Location: west end (Meadowlark)