In demand as a guest lecturer, panellist, consultant and pedagogue, Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber gives master classes and workshops around the world at universities, conservatories and Young Artist Programs. She adjudicates widely, and is frequently called upon to serve on advisory panels for the arts. Professor of Voice (promotion in rank 2018) at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2002, she is Administrative Coordinator for their Opera Program, and was appointed Associate Dean, External for Laurier’s Faculty of Music in July 2017. Her research interests are centred on the Art of Practice and effective use of the body in vocal pedagogy. Licensed as a Body Mapping Educator® since 2015, she teaches Body Mapping for Musicians in workshop settings, privately, and as a cornerstone of her pedagogical model in the voice studio. Her Body Mapping teaching is tailored to all musicians and she presents regularly for pianists, orchestral musicians and conductors as well as singers and other voice users.


Kimberly’s eclectic and varied career combines not only the standard repertoire sung on some of the great opera house and concert stages of the world for the last 35 years, but also contemporary and baroque works with smaller, experimental companies. With performances at Opéra de Paris, Opéra de Marseille, Frankfurt Opera, English National Opera, New York City Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Seattle Opera, L’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Wigmore, Barbican, Avery Fisher and Weill Concert Halls, and every major opera company and orchestra in Canada, her operatic repertoire encompasses more than 50 roles, many of them from 20th and 21st century or lesser-known works, and her concert repertoire stems from every genre. She is a champion of the music of our time, frequently giving world and Canadian premieres of new music. In May 2017 she returned to Toronto’s Tapestry Opera to create the role of Asa in the world premiere of OKSANA G (the entire cast nominated for two Dora awards—Best Ensemble and Best Opera Production), and also premiered a new work, THIS LAND, commissioned for her, with NUMUS concert series in Waterloo, Ontario. Recent seasons featured concerts in Lyon (with jazz pianist Franck Avitabile) and Vienna, Ottawa and Waterloo (with pianist Anna Ronai and flutist Ulrike Anton) as well as streamed concerts with Confluence Concerts (John Beckwith Songbook in March 2021) and at Laurier (Pierrot Redux, March 2022). In May 2022 she made her debut with Winnipeg’s Little Opera Company in the Canadian premiere of Jake Heggie’s THREE DECEMBERS in the role of Madeleine Mitchell. She has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon (Concepción in Ravel’s L’HEURE ESPAGNOLE with the LSO under André Previn), CBC Records, Naxos, Teldec and Dutton Classics

Her wide-ranging career in Europe, Asia and North America, with years of experience as an operatic performer, concert, recital and recording artist, and breadth of pedagogical training, qualify her ideally to guide emerging vocal artists who hope to excel at an international level.

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: 


…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.

Where I Teach

A Professor 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. I am also a licensed Andover Educator©, teaching Body Mapping to musicians.

Other Activities

  • What Every Musician Needs To Know About The Body
  • Best Voice Forward
  • Sounding Off, Stepping Out
  • Call Me Mister
  • Finding Your Individual Voice


  • Faculty of Graduate Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Laurier Academy of Music and Arts
  • Toronto Catholic District School Board
  • Webinar Clinician: Association of Body Mapping Educators
  • MusicFest Institute
  • Saskatchewan Music Festival
  • Académie de Fourvière, Lyon, France
  • Conservatoire de Lyon
  • Institute for International Education of Students, Vienna, Austria
  • Calgary Opera Emerging Artists
  • Canadian Opera Company Ensemble
  • Utah Opera Young Artists Program
  • Vancouver Opera Guild
  • Edmonton, Calgary and Victoria NATS Chapters
  • Opera NUOVA
  • Bel Canto: Singing Opera in Germany
  • Glenn Gould Professional School; Universities of Toronto, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ottawa & Montreal
  • York University, Mount Royal College, Algoma University
Panels and Committees
  • External Reviewer, Faculty of Arts, University of Guelph
  • Peer Assessor, Insight Grants, SSHRC
  • Member, Association for Opera in Canada (AOC) Education Affiliates
  • 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
  • Robert and Ann Corcoran Concerto Competition, Glenn Gould School
  • ORMTA Music Festival Newmarket, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa
  • Saskatchewan Music Festival, Saskatoon
  • Marissa Brookes Concerto Competition, Western University
  • 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.)
  • Montreal International Voice Competition, CBC Radio 2, 2005
  • Women in Music, co-host (once monthly), September 2015-November 2016; FM 98.5 CKWR

Who I teach

Midori for the win!

Midori for the win!

Barber Studio alumna Midori Marsh (Laurier BMus 2017, OpDip 2018) won the Upper Midwest Regional Auditions of the Metropolitan Opera Laffont...

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River wins!

River wins!

River Guard captures 3rd place at Centre Stage (from l to r, River, Kimberly and Heather Carruthers) Just thought I'd share this moment of...

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