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Irene Ilic

Biography

Irene Ilic

Irene Ilic, Soprano, received her Master’s Degree in Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has performed a variety of operatic and musical theatre roles in the U.S. and Canada, including the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Miss Silverpeal in The Impresario, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Sarah in Guys and Dolls, Marian in The Music Man, Anna in The King and I, Luisa in The Fantasticks, and Aldonza in Man of La Mancha.

Ms. Ilic has performed as a guest soloist with the Kingston Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic, Tafelmusik, the ConcertSingers, the Tallis Choir, Serenata, the Apollo Chamber Orchestra, the Etobicoke Philharmonic, the Etobicoke Centennial Choir, and the Anno Domini Chamber Singers. She has performed as soprano soloist in CARMINA BURANA, KING ARTHUR, THE CREATION, the Durufle REQUIEM, the Faure REQUIEM, the Brahms REQUIEM, the Rutter REQUIEM, Handel’s MESSIAH and Bach’s ST. JOHN PASSION. Ms. Ilic has released two CDs - Across The Border – a live concert of American and Canadian songs, and A European Journey – songs and arias of Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Faure and Chausson. 

Ms. Ilic is quite active as an adjudicator. She is a member of the CMFAA (Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association) and has adjudicated the Woodstock Rotary Festival (2010), the Milton Music Festival (2010), the Kitchener-Waterloo Kiwanis Music Festival (2009), the Sault Ste. Marie Music Festival (2009), the Peel Festival (2008), the Stratford Kiwanis Music Festival (2008), Kiwanis Fraser Valley Music Festival in Langley, B.C. (2007), Midwestern Ontario Rotary Music Festival (2004), the Pickering Rotary Festival (2003), the Sunderland Lions Music Festival (2009 & 2002). In 2011, she will be adjudicating the Chatham Kiwanis Music Festival and the Midland Y’s Men’s Music Festival.

She has extensive experience as a teacher and clinician. For seven years, Irene was a regular voice instructor for CAMMAC, a summer music camp for adults held in Lakefield. She has designed and taught cantor, lector and choral workshops for the Liturgical Musicians Association, and is a currently a cantor for St. John’s Chrysostom Church in Newmarket. She also partnered with the historic Sharon Temple to create a successful concert series for several summers. 

Irene Ilic has a thriving private teaching practice in Newmarket. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association. She is the founder and director of the Newmarket Voice Festival, an annual event since 1996. 

Her students have starred in the Toronto casts of The Lord of the Rings, The Lion King, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You and The Sound of Music in Toronto. Five of her students have recently won the Silver Medal for the highest mark in Ontario on a voice exam from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Twenty of her students have won major bursaries in the York Region Celebration of the Arts since it began in 2001. She also directs Vivace!, the award-winning triple trio who regularly perform at corporate events and charities, and have released their first CD. Her annual “Tea & Tunes” concerts have raised several thousand dollars for Sick Kids Hospital over the twenty years it has been held. 

In 2006, Irene scripted and directed an original musical revue, “Musical Mayhem”, performed by a cast of nine of her students at Theatre Aurora. Proceeds from the three shows created a musical theatre bursary for the YRNG Celebration of the Arts. “More Musical Mayhem”, an all-new revue, was performed in June 2007, with a portion of the proceeds donated to Breast Cancer research.