testimonials

"Michelle is an extremely hard worker with an infectious enthusiasm and sense of fun. She gets along well with everyone and makes them feel good about themselves and herself, without compromising her ability to demand a very high standard and facilitate growth exceeding the expectations of most participants. She makes learning to sing well seem easy, rather than incredibly complicated and technical as many voice teachers do. She has something to teach everyone, from terrified beginners who have never had a lesson before, to experienced, trained singers. All come out of workshops or private lessons feeling excited, inspired and empowered by the experience and full of praise for her. Michelle loves people as well as singing. She has a strong personality without being intimidating. She is a very talented teacher who quickly identifies key issues to work on and helps singers of all levels to sing better in just a short time and get that ‘I can do it!’ feeling."

Susan Epp,
Yellowknife, Canada

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Biography

Calgarian Soprano, Michelle Minke, is one of Canada’s up and coming Vocal Pedagogues, sought after for her teaching, master class and adjudication abilities as well as being an avid performer.

As an engaging lecturer she is a frequent guest clinician and honorary patron to the Yellowknife Choral Society and is a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Most recently, Michelle worked with Calgary Opera to help lead their summer opera camp for the Kiwanis Girls and Boys Club and was an adjudicator for the Celebration of Music Festival in Calgary, Alberta.

She has had experience teaching all genres of vocal repertoire in varied facilities such as;  Merriam School of Music and University Settlement Music and Arts School in Toronto, Ontario, Rocky Mountain College and Chinook Studio of Music in Calgary, Alberta, and the Thames Valley University and Merton Music Foundation in London, England.

Academic achievements include a Masters in Voice Performance specializing in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Toronto, a post graduate diploma from the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, a Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Toronto and a Vocal Performance Diploma from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta.

Advanced studies have been pursued at The Solti Tekanawa Accademia, where she studied with Mirella Freni, The Center for Opera Studies in Italy, and Opera Nuova.

During her extensive training in both performance and pedagogy, Michelle has had the privilege of working under the tutelage of many prestigious teachers and performers such as; Dr. Darryl Edwards, Professor Lorna MacDonald, Wendy Nielsen, Diane Forlano, Jonathan Papp, Patricia Kern, Mirella Freni, Sir Colin Davis, Elly Ameling, Robert Tear, Philip Langridge, Nico Castel, Malcolm Martineau, Sherril Milnes, John Tomlinson, Edith Weins and Rudloph Jansen.

Michelle currently teaches on the voice faculty at Ambrose University and as a branch teacher for Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta.