Area Chair, Voice, Assistant Professor
Recognized as one of the nation's foremost interpreters of music from the Baroque era, Valerie Kinslow has performed frequently with Tafelmusik, Le Studio de Musique Ancienne and L'Ensemble Arion and has been guest soloist with numerous Canadian orchestras and oratorio societies. After initial studies in her native province of Nova Scotia, Ms. Kinslow studied music and philosophy at McGill. With awards from the Canada Council and the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, she went to London, where she studied 17th and 18th century vocal repertoire with the renowned tenor Nigel Rogers.
Critically acclaimed for her many performances in oratorio, Valerie Kinslow is equally at ease in recital or in contemporary chamber repertoire. Her numerous public recordings for the CBC have included such contrasting works as Hindemith's Die Serenaden and Bach's Wedding Cantata, No. 202.
In 1994 Ms. Kinslow was invited to join the teaching faculty of her Alma Mater where she happily shares her vast experience in Early Music with the next generation of historically informed singers. In addition to voice teaching and coaching, Ms. Kinslow leads McGill’s Cappella Antica, coaches the annual Baroque opera, coordinates Early Music Ensembles and offers a graduate seminar in vocal ornamentation. She has been Voice Area Chair since 2003.