Alexandra has also performed with the Alchemy Viols, Bacheler Consort Lute Ensemble, Bach + Beethoven Ensemble, Baroque Band, Chicago Acapella, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Playhouse, Chicago Sinfonietta, CUBE Ensemble, Haymarket Opera Company, La Chimera, Lakeside Singers, Lira Ensemble, Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Savoyaires, Schola Antiqua, and as a member of the backing ensemble for the Chicago performances of the Rolling Stones’ “50 and Counting” tour (pictured above).
Alexandra was first introduced to music at 3 years old by receiving piano instruction from her father, Michael Olsavsky - a classically-trained trombonist and conductor. As a child, she studied acting and musical theatre through the Oregon Children’s Theatre, and later attended the Vancouver School of the Performing Arts which nurtured her love for collaborative art making.
Ms. Olsavsky holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where she studied under Judith Haddon. She is the full-time Director of Operations and Production at Fifth House Ensemble. As an educator, she has taught private and group instruction in voice and piano through the Cappelli Institute of Music, Musical Chairs Studio, and privately at her home studio in Edgewater, Chicago.
Outside of singing, Alexandra has studied ballet, jazz, and tap dance at Lou Conte Dance Studio, and has completed 3 levels of training in the Meisner acting method at Green Shirt Studio. In her spare time, you’ll find her out at a rock climbing gym, perusing the Brown Elephant, or reading a book while sipping some coffee (almost always black, and almost always from Metropolis).
Alexandra Olsavsky, a “beautifully voiced” soprano (Herald-Times, Bloomington Early Music), is a collaborative musical artist who actively performs with a diverse array of artistic ensembles, including those specialized in Renaissance and Baroque era music, world music, chamber works, music of living composers, interdisciplinary art-making, social justice, and outreach.
The 2018-2019 season includes continued tours with acclaimed Chicago group Fifth House Ensemble for multiple performances of Journey: LIVE; continued Concerts for Hope outreach tours in with pianist and composer Eric Genuis; the sheet music release of "What Happens When a Woman?", an original composition for SSA women's choir; a recording releases from Artemisia, and Benedict Sheehan; and multiple concert tours and a release of their debut album "Sounds Like Us" with leading female vocal trio, Artemisia (pictured below), of which Alexandra is a founding member.
Of note, Alexandra is the recipient of a generous Make a Wave grant from 3Arts: a nonprofit organization that supports Chicago's women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities who work in the performing, teaching, and visual arts.