Kimberly Barber, mezzo-soprano

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My Students

Why I teach

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Jillian Bonner, mezzo-soprano, Private student Fall 2016

  • Recipient, Professional Artists grant, New Brunswick Arts Board, 2016
  • Winner, Encouragement Award, Metropolitan National Council Auditions, Tri-Cities Region 2017, March 2017
  • Fox, Cunning Little Vixen (Janacek), Opera NUOVA, June 2017
  • Member, Calgary Opera Emerging Artists Program, 2017-18

“What makes [Kimberly Barber] truly special, is her unique ability to communicate just what [this] excellence looks like, and how to practically apply it to your own musical journey.”
- Tyler Fitzgerald, bass-baritone, BMus WLU 2012

  • Scarpia (debut), Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, Germany, August 2016
  • Maximilian, Candide (debut), Regina Symphony, March 2017
  • Masetto, Don Giovanni (debut), Edmonton Opera, 2018


"Kimberly Barber inspires me to challenge myself technically and artistically [and] has a gift of igniting creativity and belief in young voices of all varieties. Her impressive performance career and charismatic, nurturing disposition is the perfect balance for modern vocal pedagogy."

Samantha Pickett, soprano, Barber Studio grad Op Dip WLU 2013


“With only ten minutes together [Kimberly] makes every minute count…working as a yoga teacher in the future the information and tools I have learned from Kimberly both from her lecture in the
Saturday workshop and from the one-on-one meeting will be extraordinarily useful. I have a
greater understanding of the anatomical parts of voice production and I understand what it means to
have an embodied experience of voice use.”
Sarah de Poray, participant, What Every Voice User Needs To Know About The Body workshop, Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training, Autumn 2016

What I teach

My students learn to sing holistically, engaging body, mind and spirit. Effective practice techniques, accurate anatomy and understanding of function for singing, good postural alignment, and the principles of strong vocal technique: ...

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open throat, free, expansive breath, supple abdominal support and clean articulation are all addressed while they discover their unique resonant vocal sound.  I also give workshops on Power Performance, Auditions, Grant Writing & Publicity Materials and more

How I teach

I see students throughout the week in different settings: one-on-one for short durations on different days (technique and repertoire); weekly master class (in-depth repertoire exploration-- technical and interpretive); once weekly one-hour group technique (where larger technical concepts are taught, experimented with and discussed). Students also work together in partners, report to me online in a weekly practice log reflecting on their practice/progress and receive my written feedback.

Who I teach

My students come from across Canada and the US and range in age from 17 to over 30 and represent every voice type.

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I have a small studio of post-graduate private students embarking on professional careers. Graduates of my studio pursue careers in performance, education, music therapy and arts administration, among many other career paths.

Where I teach

A tenured faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, I teach around the world in young artist programs and at other educational institutions. I adjudicate frequently at music festivals and competitions, passing on knowledge wherever I go.

Why do I teach at Laurier?

The environment at Wilfrid Laurier University is collegial, supportive and innovative.

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We have an extraordinary confluence of active professional musicians in every discipline—performance, academic scholarship, education, music therapy—that attracts an eager group of students, hungry to chart their own courses and make their mark.

 


Above: Kimberly teaches Valerie Poisson, soprano, in master class at Opera NUOVA (Edmonton, AB) in May 2015.

Workshops

Master Classes

  • Calgary Opera Emerging Artists
  • Canadian Opera Company Ensemble
  • Utah Opera Young Artists Program
  • Vancouver Opera Guild
  • Victoria NATS Chapter
  • Opera NUOVA
  • Bel Canto: Singing Opera in Germany
  • Glenn Gould Professional School; Universities of Toronto, Alberta, Manitoba, Montreal
  • York University, Mount Royal College

Panels & Committees

  • Canada Council for the Arts/ Ontario Arts Council Peer Advisor
  • Canadian Actor’s Equity Opera Advisory Committee
  • Wise Voices for Music-Waterloo Region
  • Opera.ca Audition Workshop moderator and panelist
  • Board Member, Open Ears Music Festival, Waterloo, ON

Adjudicating

  • ORMTA Convention
  • Winnipeg Music Festival
  • Burlington Rotary Club Music Festival
  • Kiwanis Festival London, ON
  • NATS Ontario & Ottawa Chapter Auditions
  • Arcadia Music Festival (Kleinburg)
  • Vancouver Women's Musical Society Voice Competition
  • Schubert Club Competition (St. Paul, MN.)

Broadcasting

  • Montreal International Voice Competition, CBC Radio 2, 2005
  • Women in Music, co-host (once monthly), September 2015-November 2016; FM 98.5 CKWR

teaching
Kimberly teaches Adam Dyjach, tenor (BMus 2011 WLU), who recently graduated with his MMus from U Vic., in master class at WLU

Masterclass
Kimberly teaching soprano Mercy Lamola in master class with Elvera Froese at the piano and Sarah Amelard looking on.