Valerie Girard Resume

      Valerie Girard, soprano and voice teacher studied at the American Opera Center of the Juilliard School as well as Italian belcanto and verismo opera with Luigi Ricci in Rome. She has performed with the New York City Opera and Wolf Trap Festival and has had an extensive performing career in major European theaters and concert halls with conductors such as: Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Commissiona, Armin Jordan, Imre Pallo, Donald Runnicles, Nello Santi, Peter Schneider, and Stefan Soltesz. She has given solo-recitals in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Florence, and in many large cities in Germany. She also performed as soloist with chamber music ensembles. (among others with the Lincoln Center Chamber Ensemble in New York).

Ms. Girard is the creator and artistic director of “Camerata di Colombaia”, a summer music festival in the mountains near Florence, Italy, and Casentino Voice, an intensive vocal workshop with master lasses, voice lessons, musical coaching and performance also taking place in Tuscany in the summer. She has taught vocal technique and its application in repertoire privately in the USA, Germany and Italy, as well as on the faculty of the University of Koblenz, Germany.

"At last, someone who's willing and able to understand the individuality of my voice. Ms. Girard is a great teacher for the professional singer, though I regret I didn't study with someone like her when I was a student. She does not require that you start from the beginning again with 'her' technique. She is creative and intuitive and has the skill to help you immediately improve upon that which you already have. I am very excited that I have found her!"


**Students visiting Europe are welcome to study with Ms. Girard at her vocal studios in Stia, Italy (near Florence and Arezzo)
For more information about studying with her in Italy as a participant in "Casentino Voice" visit: and

Updated:  May 16, 2015

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