Jennifer Fijal-Brevik, voice faculty at The Hartt School Community Division
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Jennifer Fijal-Brevik

Voice

Jennifer FijalMezzo-soprano Jennifer Fijal-Brevik hails from Palmer, Massachusetts. Growing up, she was heavily involved in music. Fijal-Brevik played violin in Springfield’s Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted her high school’s marching band, sang in chorus, played organ, directed a choir at her local parish, and sang all the while! She pursued her bachelor's degree at Plymouth State University in vocal performance and pedagogy. She continued on to the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) for her master’s degree in voice and opera. At NEC, Fijal-Brevik was involved in outreach operas, choruses, entrepreneurial courses, and historically significant performances, including the North American premiere of Rossini's La Gazzetta.

Critics have described her voice as "lovely" and possessing "rich timbre and a range of musical coloring." In 2016, Jennifer joined a non-profit organization in Fort Wayne, Indiana called Heartland Sings. During her stay as a full-time Vocal Artist, she performed extensively in a variety of styles including classical, Celtic, pop, liturgical, jazz, musical theater alongside Les Misérables star J. Mark McVey, and a cappella with Sweden’s The Real Group. Jennifer helped pioneer the curriculum for Heartland Sings Vocal Arts Institute and has taught students privately, and in both a classroom and choir setting. She emphasizes the importance of healthy vocal production, preparation, confidence, and stage presence to her students in a warm, fun, and educational way.

Teaching Philosophy

Teaching voice gives me the unique ability to co-opt a singer’s vulnerabilities to help them discover a more confident, free self. Each student has a unique way of learning, and it is my job to communicate with them so they can learn at their very best. I work with my student’s strengths to improve on skills that they are lacking. I teach my students the foundation of singing (posture, breathing, and vowels) and beyond to cater to specific goals.