Kimberly Barber, mezzo-soprano

TEACHING

My Students

Why I teach

Other Activities

Jamie Groote, mezzo-soprano (BMus 2016, Op Dip 2017)

  • BREAKING NEWS! Jamie won 3rd prize at the COC Centre Stage Competition on November 1, 2018! Check out Twitter #coccentrestage for all the action.
  • Mercédès, Carmen, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Centre-in-the-Square, January 12 & 13, 2019
  • Participant: Banff Centre’s elite 21st Century Opera Program Summer 2018
  • Masters student U of T (2017-19)

River Guard (BMus 2017, OpDip 2018)

Kimberly Barber gave me the tools to access my artistic voice, the courage to be larger than life as a performer and helped lay the foundation for a consistent and reliable singing technique that I still apply daily”

  • BREAKING NEWS! River Performs role of Miles Zegner in Missy Mizzoli’s Proving Up at Aspen Festival, July 2019
  • Remendado, Carmen, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Centre-in-the-Square, Kitchener, ON, January 12 & 13, 2019
  • Participant in Banff Centre’s elite 21st Century Opera Program and Highlands Opera Studio (Summer 2018)
  • Masters student at U of T (2018-2020), with Wendy Nielsen

“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

“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 Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, I teach around the world in young artist programs and at other educational institutions.

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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.

 

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.

 

Kimberly teaches Géraldine Martinez, soprano, (accompanied by pianist Françoise Agniel) in master class at Conservatoire de Lyon (Lyon, France) in November 2018.

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, Saskatchewan & 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.