Mireille Rijavec

Mireille works with voice students of all levels, from children to adults. Her pedagogy is based in the classical tradition. She stresses the importance of being able to read music, healthy vocal technique, 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. As well as being a busy adjudicator, she is a member of 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.

About Mireille

Mireille Rijavec has been heard on the CBC as a mezzo-soprano soloist and has appeared 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. Mireille has also been presenting her cabaret Brie, Baguette and a Broad for over 10 years. She has appeared at the Edmonton Fringe in seven different shows, one of which 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 the 2013 Edmonton Fringe, the Edmonton Journal said about her performance in Lost in Montmartre, a cabaret/wake in honour of composer Erik Satie, “…classical singer Mireille Rijavec is the sublime vocal highlight who helps you get lost in Satie’s Paris.”

  • April 12 and 13, 2021

    St. Albert Rotary Music Festival

  • April 14, 2021

    Leduc Music Festival

  • April 20 to 22, 2020

    Whitecourt Rotary Music Festival

  • April 2020 - cancelled due to COVID-19

    Leduc Music Festival

  • April 2020 - cancelled due to COVID-19

    St. Albert Rotary Music Festival

  • April 2020 - cancelled due to COVID-19

    Whitecourt Rotary Music Festival

  • March 2020

    Medicine Hat Rotary Music Festival

  • May 2019

    Lacombe and District Performing Arts Festival

  • March 2019

    Fort Saskatchewan Music Festival

  • March 2019

    Lac La Biche and District Music Festival

  • March 2019

    Medicine Hat Rotary Music Festival

  • November 2018

    Cabaret Workshop with Edmonton Vocal Minority

  • April 2018

    Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts

  • March 2018

    Olds and District Kiwanis Music Festival

  • November 2017

    Fall Music Festival, Macewan University Conservatory of Music

  • April 2016

    Drayton Valley Music Festival, Adjudicator

I am available for Festival Adjudicating and workshops on the art of cabaret.


Even in this era of COVID-19, teaching vocal technique, musicianship and repertoire can take place effectively online. Although Alberta has entered stage 2 of its relaunch strategy on June 12th, 2020, in-person lessons for singers are still discouraged. All the same, students of all ages and abilities are welcome to begin online, with children beginning in grade 2. Lessons can take place in English or in French. All students will learn how the body produces sound and how to do it in a healthy way. I believe students should be independent musicians: I therefore work with students on music literacy and ear training. As well, students will learn to determine what they like about their voices and what requires improvement, learn and perform repertoire.

  • Step 1

    Initial Consultation

    The point of the consultation is to see if the prospective student and I are a good fit. It's important that we be able to work well together, and that the student agrees with my pedagogy. During the consultation, I will review my studio guidelines and my teaching philosophy. I will evaluate the student's music reading and we'll have a trial lesson.

  • Step 2

    Setup a Plan

    If the student feels comfortable with my approach and I feel I can work with the student, we will schedule regular weekly lessons. Some students schedule two lessons a week or bi-weekly lessons, whatever works best. For most students, the goal is to perform in my two studio recitals during the year. Progress is mostly dependent on the student's practice outside of the lessons. Regular, mindful practice is most effective. The length of practice depends on the student's level and focus.

  • Step 3

    Voice Lessons

    Lessons are usually comprised of technical exercises, sight-reading and repertoire work. Although that is the overall structure of the lessons, each student will be given the exercises and repertoire that is best suited for their ability. I will make sure that student's music reading is at least at the level of the repertoire they are singing. As lessons get closer to the recitals, more time is spent on repertoire preparation.

A Class Act

Based in Edmonton, Mireille and friends can provide refined music for your ceremony and a touch of sophistication for your reception. We can present some of your favourite hymns or songs for your church or civil ceremony, and background vocals for your reception. We have a list of options to choose from, or let us know what you would like to hear and we can make that happen. Cabaret

Singer Mireille Rijavec and pianist Roxanne Classen have been performing cabaret together since their 2007 Edmonton Fringe debut Brie, Baguette, and a Broad. Other collaborations include Chat Blanc, a concert theatre piece exploring the life of Erik Satie, and Lost in Montmartre, a cabaret inspired wake for Satie. Cabaret is an intimate gathering place where audiences experience the personal performance of popular song. Mireille and Roxanne also present their unique cabarets for private functions.




Edmonton, Alberta