Our voice instructors
Irina Medvedeva is a classically trained operatic soprano and music educator in voice and piano. Irina holds a bachelor of music in performance from Western University and is currently completing her Artist Diploma at the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School.
Irina has taught voice and piano in London and Toronto to children and adults in various styles of singing and piano.
Ms. Medvedeva’s past operatic roles include Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, La Fée in Viardot’s Cendrillon, Morgana in Handel’s Alcina, La Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon , Le Feu and Le Rossignol in Ravel’s L'enfant et les Sortilèges, Florestine in Milhaud’s La Mere Coupable. Her voice is described as being a “flexible, supple, yet powerful soprano” (The Globe and Mail, 2016) and has been praised for having “a large voice with an astonishing range” (Opera Canada).
Ms. Medvedeva has also performed contemporary Canadian works with Tapestry Opera’s Songbook VII, as well as ensemble and chamber works in Italy and Canada. Ms. Medvedeva was the winner of the Rose Bowl and Caddo Cup award at the Lakehead Music Festival.
Alison studied voice under Gloria Jean Nagy in Ottawa and holds a degree in Theatre Performance from the University of Toronto. She is also a graduate of the Second City Conservatory. She has been a singer, actor and comedian for ten years, and has performed in musical and theatre productions internationally. She also currently teaches voice and piano privately, and teaches the Singing for Improvisers course at the Second City Training Centre.
Alison specializes in providing a fun, balanced approach to musical training. She encourages her students to find joy in their vocal freedom and artistry, and to look for expression and emotional resonance through the voice, while maintaining a focus on the development of technical skills.
Nevalea holds a Bachelors Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Toronto Faculty of Music (2016). She is currently working on completing an ARCT Diploma in Voice Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. In addition to her vocal training, Nevalea holds the highest levels of history and harmony, as well as grade 8 violin and grade 8 piano from the RCM.
She continues to pursue her musical education by attending summer programs and entering in festivals. This fall (2017) she attended the Early Italian Opera workshop at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, instructed by Susie Leblanc and Gianni Fabrinni. Nevalea was a chorus member with Opera in Concert during the 2016-17 season. During her undergraduate studies she was part of UofT Schola Cantorum and the Oratorio ensemble, singing in masterclasses for Daniel Taylor, Nancy Argenta, and Vicki St.Pierre. She was also on UofT's Varsity Pom Team, dancing competitively, cheering for the football and basketball teams, and performing the national anthem at games. In February 2017, Nevalea won the Sir Henry Pellatt Award from the Kiwanis Festival, in the National Provincial Qualifying Class.
Nevalea believes that music is vital to a child's development and creativity. She has many years experience teaching violin and likes to make learning a fun and educational experience. Nevalea believes that passing on her knowledge and love for music towards all ages is very rewarding and enjoys seeing her students progress musically.