Adriana Zaharijevi

Piano and Voice teacher at Ava Music



Adriana Zaharijevic is a singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. She is currently in her third year at UBC School of Music pursuing an opera degree. Thus far, she has participated in many UBC productions as a member of the ensemble, which include Sullivan’s, The Gondoliers, Puccini’s Tosca, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Rota’s The Florentine Straw Hat, and in March of 2023 Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Adriana’s love for music officially began at the age of 3 when her mom enrolled her in Suzuki Piano lessons at the Vancouver Academy of Music. At the age of 4, she begged her mom to sign her up for Vancouver Children’s Bach Choir and she ended up singing with them for over thirteen delightful years. She received many solos, sang challenging repertoire, and performed at various concerts such as Carmina Burana & Mahler Symphony 8 at the Orpheum Theatre.

In the summer of 2017, Adriana was attending musical theatre camp when her choir conductor, Marisa Gaetanne, encouraged her to start taking voice lessons. Thus, she studied with Marisa for two years, who is currently her voice mentor at UBC School of Music, and completed the Royal Conservatory of Music Voice examinations. Adriana also attended Sarah McLachlan School of Music for piano, music theory, and voice lessons. From 2019-2020, she was a rehearsal assistant for Vancouver Bach Choir for the youngest group called the Piccolos. Additionally, Adriana began singing at Saint Sava Serbian Church when she was only 10, and in March 2022 she was appointed choir conductor.

Adriana’s passion goes beyond singing, performing, and conducting; she also aspires to teach music to youth and share her skills and knowledge. She believes that every child should be exposed to music at an early age. Her primary focuses during voice lessons include ear training, music theory, and sight-reading.