VALERIE SELANDER VOISEY - Violin

Valerie Selander Voisey is a freelance violinist and teacher based in southern Ontario. She has performed with many ensembles including the National Ballet of Canada, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Talisker Players Orchestra of Toronto, Symphony New Brunswick, Elora Festival Orchestra, and the Canadian Opera Company. For over a decade she has been the concertmaster of the Valley Festival Orchestra, performing choral and chamber music in the Ottawa Valley.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto, Valerie played Principal Second Violin with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. She continued her musical studies in Canada and the USA, studying with Almita and Roland Vamos at Bowdoin College and the Oberlin Conservatory, and with Jascha Milkis, former concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony. Valerie studied Baroque violin with the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and coach Linda Melsted, Baroque specialist.

Valerie has extensive experience in commercial and theatre music, playing as an extra in such shows as "The Producers" and the very long-running "Phantom of the Opera" in Toronto. She has played with the Casino Rama Pops Orchestra for several years and appeared onstage with such notable performers as Frank Sinatra Jr., Johnny Mathis, Roger Hodgson and Bobby Vinton.

On the local scene, Valerie is principal second violinist of The Huronia Symphony in Barrie, and has performed with a variety of groups including the King Edward Choir in Barrie and the Cellar Singers of Orillia.

Valerie teaches privately in Orillia and Barrie, and coaches orchestral sectional sessions. In her past travels, she taught for the North Toronto Institute of Music (Toronto) and Lakehead District Separate School Board (Thunder Bay). In 2006, Valerie was the senior strings adjudicator at the New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music in Saint John, New Brunswick.