Mentor, Music Alive Quartet
Rebecca Hass is a woman of many creative passions. A certified Life Coach and meditation instructor, she has been a mentor and resource for performing artists seeking balance and career support since 2007. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor in Music performance and the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, Rebecca, a mezzo-soprano, devoted the much of the last thirty years to a professional singing career. From her early career, appearing with major opera companies and symphonies across Canada which included a stint with The Phantom of the Opera in Toronto as a swing, she later moved into acting, writing and producing a broad range of creative projects (The Belfry, Theatre Skam, Victoria Fringe Festival) and several intimate cabarets (Wanna Sing a Showtune). Rebecca is also a voice clinician, adjudicator and has given artist-centered health and wellness workshops for the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, Calgary Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, the Universities of British Columbia, Toronto, Ottawa and Wilfrid Laurier, Opera Nuova, St. Andrews Arts Council Opera Workshop, The Canadian College of Performing Arts, and the Victoria Conservatory of Music. A writer and broadcaster, she has been a regular guest host and documentary maker on CBC Radio One and Two. Currently she is the Director of Community Engagement for Pacific Opera Victoria and is the winner of the 2019 Arts and Culture award for Community work from Leadership Victoria specifically for her work in addressing inclusion and diversity. Her programming includes curating young artist training, education programming and traditional music based programming as well as connecting the opera to socially relevant issues. A proud Metis, Rebecca is currently producing a video project with a local Indigenous Theatre Collective, that bridges her European and Indigenous ancestry musically and is a member of the all-female drum group ANSWER. Rebecca lives in Victoria with her family and rescue pooch, Rye Rye.