Mireille Rijavec

Mezzo-soprano Mireille Rijavec has been heard on the CBC as a 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."  

 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, was their Executive Director. In June of 2018, she was elected to the Edmonton Arts Council. Presently Mireille is the General Manager for CRIPSiE, the Collaborative Radically Integrated Performers Society in Edmonton, a charitable arts organization run by artists who experience disability or other forms of oppression, and by their artistic and political allies.  

Mireille also 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.  



Thank you to Woodlands County for donating the Festival pianos

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Fabiola Amorin

​B.Mus, M.Mus, D.Mus

Violist Fabiola Amorim holds a Doctor of Music degree from the University of Alberta (Canada), a Master of Music degree from Azusa Pacific University (USA), an Artist Certificate from Azusa Pacific University (USA), and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Universidade Federal da Paraíba - UFPB (Brazil). Since the publication of her 2018 doctoral thesis Echoes of the Brazilian Nationalism Movement in Four Works for Viola and Piano (1950-82), Amorim’s work has served as a reference for other researchers on Brazilian music for viola.

Throughout her studies she received many scholarships and awards, including the Beryl Barns Memorial Graduate Award and Harriet Snowball Winspear Graduate Scholarship. She studied with Mr. Yerko Tabilo, Mr. Charles Stegeman, and Mr. Robert Becker. She participated in a number of music festivals and symposia in Brazil and United States including the Starling-Delay Symposium at The Juilliard School.

Amorim is a founding member of the Vaughan String Quartet, which, since its formation in 2013, has maintained a busy concert schedule with performances in Canada, USA, France and Italy. As a member of the Quartet Amorim was an Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre, recorded the piece Apocalypsis by R. Murray Schafer (published by Analekta) in 2015, and in 2017 received the Cultural Diversity Award from the City of Edmonton. This award made possible the recording in 2018 of the Quartet’s debut CD, which included works by the Italian composers Simone Boi and D. P. Runcini, and the Brazilian composers A. Carlos Gomes and H. Villa-Lobos.

Amorim was a member of the Orquestra Sinfônica da Paraíba (Brazil), and served as principal viola for the Orquestra de Câmara da Cidade de João Pessoa (Brazil), the Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra (USA), and the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra (Canada), with which she also appeared as a soloist in 2014 and 2015. As a chamber musician she has appeared on stages in Brazil, USA, Canada, France and Italy, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Symphony Space (New York), Rolston Recital Hall (Banff), and Sony Centre (Toronto). She was  a  member  of  the Villa-Lobos  String  Quartet  (USA)  and  the Camerata Brasílica (Brazil), and while with the Camerata  Brasílica  was a prize winner at  the 2006 Concurso Nacional de Música de Câmara in the city of Londrina (Brazil).

Dr. Amorim maintains an active schedule as a concert violist and educator. She holds a position of viola instructor at the MacEwan University Conservatory of Music and adjudicates for festivals and competitions in Alberta.​​

 Whitecourt Rotary Music Festival is proud to announce the following Adjudicators for the 2022 Festival:


Joseph Fridman

M.Mus., Piano Performance and Opera Directing

 Joseph Fridman has earned two Master’s Degrees – as a pianist and opera director – both from the world-renowned St. Petersburg State Conservatory (Russia). He is a concert pianist, teacher, vocal coach and accompanist. He performs in solo and chamber recitals and has been broadcast frequently on CBC Radio. Joseph taught at the Schools for Musically Gifted Children of St. Petersburg and Kiev and the Pskov Music College, and performed with the St. Petersburg and Pskov Philharmonics and Orchestras. 

Mr. Fridman served on the faculty of the Alberta College Conservatory of Music and the University of Alberta. He also worked as a repetiteur and vocal diction coach at the Edmonton Opera and Opera Nuova. He was a producer, performer, and stage director for "Musical Encounters", a series of concerts for children combining instrumental and vocal music, theatre, puppetry and fine art.

Joseph lectures and gives masterclasses and workshops throughout Canada, Ukraine, Russia and the USA. He has taught at various summer schools such as: “Strings and Keys” (Bergen), Alberta College International Music Academy (Edmonton), “Vivo!” (Edmonton) and was a clinician at the CASSA (Calgary) Summer School. He has adjudicated a number of festivals and competitions, including the prestigious Canadian Music Competition (CMC) and Seattle Young Artists Music Festival (SYAMFA).

Mr. Fridman is a founder and co-director of the Alberta Music Academy, where he currently teaches. Joseph's piano students have received first class honors and medals in RCM and Conservatory Canada Exams, first and second prizes in the Kiwanis Festival, Fall Festival and Northern Alberta Concerto Competition. Many of his students have continued their studies at prestigious institutions such as McGill University, University of Toronto and Juilliard School​​