testimonials

"I had the great pleasure of working with Michelle for a year and in that one year I noticed an improvement in my breathing technique, vocal technique, my confidence and my overall vocal ability.
As her student, I started to gain awareness of my voice and body and with that I was able to address my bad habits as well as apply that awareness to improve myself vocally.

Michelle is very encouraging and challenges you beyond your limits in a healthy way. She has great instincts in applying everyday life into your lesson and always supporting you with a smile on her face.

Michelle is always a pleasure to work with and her positive attitude, her phenomenal ear and her honesty are all rare talents that any singer would be lucky to study under. Her kindness and her intelligence make her one of the greatest teacher I've ever had the honour of working with."

Crystal May,
Rocky Mountain College, Calgary, 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.