Valerie Girard

Valerie G.

Ardsley, NY

Lesson Details

Opera Voice

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Classical Voice, Opera, Lieder and Art Songs, etc. is what I know best. I was based in Europe as an opera and concert soloist for many years and can also help you with your German, French & Italian in the songs. I will develop your voice and help you to find more power and freedom of expression. The lessons will start with vocalize and technique, and then we will work on your repertoire to make sure the technique holds. Should you eventually want to have an accompanist at one of your lessons. The lesson time would of course need to be coordinated with my pianist as well.
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Valerie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 15 to 60 and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1990

After a long and successful career as an opera and concert soloist and vocal pedagogue, Ms. G. returned to NY and has opened my studio to serious students of all ages. Having lived and worked all over Europe, she is fluent in German, Italian and French as well in the musical style needed for art song, oratorio and opera. She also teaches the €œbelt technique€ needed for musical theater, pop, and jazz. She has taught privately in the USA, Germany and Italy for many years, as well as on the faculty of the University of Koblenz, Germany.

During the summers, she offers voice lessons at her studio in Tuscany, Italy where she is also artistic director of the Camerata Colombaia Music Festival and director of "Casentino Voice" , an intensive vocal program for singers with masterclasses, private lessons, coaching and performance.

Some Testimonials from my students:
"At last, someone who's willing and able to understand the individuality of my voice. Ms. G. 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!"

"Valerie can teach you how to sing without pressure while still producing a strong sound".

"A good teacher, must be able to help you significantly in the first lesson. Valerie is one of those".

"Since I've been studying with Valerie, my voice has gotten richer and more even. Singing feels a lot easier now"

"I've studied with so many teachers, Valerie is the first one to focus on my problems, solve them and make me feel good about my strengths at the same time".

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Director of Vocal Training
Jun 2012 - Present
Casentino Voice

Masterclasses in voice and classical repertoire held summers in Tuscany. Italy.


Private Studies
Oct 1964 - Jan 1998
Felix Knight Vocal Studio - New York City
Opera Studio
Sep 1979 - Jun 1980
International Opera Studio Zurich Opera, Switzerland
American Opera Center - Professional Studies Program
Sep 1969 - Jun 1971
The Juilliard School
Italian Opera
Jun 1969 - Aug 1969
Luigi Ricci - private coaching - Rome, Italy
Opera Workshop
Sep 1968 - Jun 1969
Hunter College
Sep 1968 - Jun 1969
Herbert Bergdoff Acting Studios - NYC
Voice, Opera Theater
Sep 1967 - Jun 1968
Oberlin College


Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Voice Teacher
Sep 2010

National Association for the Teachers of Singing certified
voice teacher

Private Teacher Directory
Sep 2010
The Juilliard School

Listed as a voice teacher in the Juilliard School Private Teacher Directory (PTD)

Member for many years
Jan 1992
Federal Association of German Singing Teachers

Sister organization to NATS in the United States.


Special Award - Young Artists Competition
Dec 1976
Performers of Southern Connecticut, Inc.
Special Classical Music Talent Competiton
Mar 1976
The Concert Artists Guild
Award Recital
Jan 1975
East West Artist Competition
Winner Auditions of the Air
Jan 1973
WGN-Illinois Opera Guild
First Place - Eastern Regionals
Feb 1972
Metropolitan Opera National Council
Liederkranz Scholarship Award
Mar 1971
Liederkranz Foundation


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jan 2007

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

Photos & Videos

Concert with my students
        Casentino Voice

My students from Casentino Voice 2014, final concert with pianist Marian Bryfdir.

My student, Dora Garcidueñas in the final student concert of Casentino Voice 2014  - Master Class of Soprano Valerie Girard.
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