Robyn Driedger-Klassen

Robyn Driedger-Klassen has been seen on many recital, concert and opera stages. Known particularly for her zeal for contemporary music, she has performed and premiered many fascinating works of living composers. Her most recent film projects include a production with City Opera Vancouver of Jake Heggie’s monodrama, At the Statue of Venus (available on YouTube) and a piece for Turning Point Ensemble’s 1+1+1 Project with composer Jeffrey Ryan and flautist, Brenda Fedoruk. 

Robyn lives and teaches on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm|Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh|Squamish & səlilwətaɬ |Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She is grateful to be on this shared territory and acknowledges a commitment to engage in ongoing acts of reconciliation. 

Robyn is the Department Head and Division Chair at the Vancouver Academy of Music where she works mainly with advanced students of classical voice. She gains immense satisfaction and joy from teaching and her students regularly achieve glorious goals and live their wildest singing-dreams. 

Giving unsolicited reading recommendations to anyone who will listen, and growing an epic garden are her superpowers. She lives with her husband and two young vocal critics who are capable of consuming shocking amounts of cereal each day. Robyn is adept at evading the ever-present question about why her family is “literally the only family without a dog”. By osmosis, she knows a considerable amount about black holes and deep-sea creatures, and she is an expert at avoiding Lego underfoot.