MAIRI-IRENE McCORMACK Mezzo-Soprano
Originally from Cape Breton, NS, mezzo-soprano Mairi Irene McCormack is a versatile musician with a love for performing opera, classical, popular and folk music. She recently graduated from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music with a Performer Diploma in Vocal Performance. There she studied with Professor Timothy Noble and performed the role of Mrs. Sedley in IU Opera Theater’s production of Peter Grimes. In IU Opera Workshops, McCormack performed in scenes as Charlotte in Werther, Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw, Meg in Little Women and Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, as well as the role of Miss Todd in a staged recital performance of The Old Maid and the Thief. McCormack also performed in the chorus of Madama Butterfly (IUOT) and in the ensemble The Forest of Dreams with Bloomington, Indiana’s New Voices Opera. She was also a frequent performer with the opera outreach program Re-imagining Opera for Kids.
Previous to her training at IU, McCormack earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Augustana Faculty at the University of Alberta and received further training at Opera NUOVA and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. She is a 2012 graduate of the Franz Schubert Institut and an avid performer of art song and lieder. She has received grants and awards from the Anne Burrows Music Foundation, the Winspear Fund, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Edmonton Arts Council, the Wirth Institute, and Jacobs School of Music.
McCormack is currently based in Edmonton, Alberta where she is pursuing performance opportunities and building a voice teaching studio. She is in the process of completing her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Alberta where she studies with tenor John Tessier. This season at the university, McCormack has performed the role of Aloes in the Opera Workshop’s production of L’etoile, Third Lady in scenes from Die Zauberflote with the University Symphony Orchestra, and has worked as a T. A. in the Voice Area.
McCormack has previously served as music coordinator at St. Albert Parish and continues to provide music for church services, weddings and other celebrations throughout the city. In November of 2014 she released her debut album, a collection of Christmas-themed folk and pop selections entitled Wintersongs. During the summer, Mairi Irene can be found busking at various farmers' markets in the city or on Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue.