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Giselle Minns

Director of Singer-Songwriter Ensemble & Performance Instructor: Singer-Songwriter, Classical, Popular Voice

Giselle is a multi award winning composer, multi award winning singer, pianist and cellist. Her work includes performances with artists such as Jose Carreras and the BBC Concert Orchestra for BBC Radio 2. She has appeared on Canadian Radio (CBC) and British Television (BBC), and won Talent Rock’s 2005 Top Female Vocalist Award, where she performed live on U.S. Television. She appeared on Canadian television in 2006 for the CTV Network where she was interviewed and performed one of her songs live. She was nominated for the 2007 Los Angeles Music Awards and the 2007 Ontario Independent Music Awards, and was a winner in the 2007 Billboard Songwriting Contest. Giselle is a 2008 Song of the Year Finalist, a 2008 West Coast Songwriting Honorable Nominee, a 2008 100% Songwriting Finalist, and won a 2008 Ontario Independent Music Award and a 2008 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Music Award. She also received a 2008 John Lennon Songwriting Honorable Mention, a 2009 West Coast Songwriters Honorable Mention and two 2009 Billboard Honorable Mentions and she was nominated in the 2010 Los Angeles Music Awards, a 2011 West Coast Songwriters Genre Winner and received a Song of the year, Best Pop Song – Runner Up in 2016. She also released her debut classical crossover album “TURNING CIRCLES” in 2008.

Marquis Records under EMI Canada released one of Giselle’s songs worldwide called “The Key” on “Katya’s” album titled “Moonlight” in September, 2014. Giselle’s is currently writing her highly anticipated new music in her home studio and is scoring tracks for her second album and also other major record label productions. In addition to this she is giving master classes as an Associate Professor at Carleton University, is the brainchild and previous co-director of MusikOttawa and is presently a Juno Award adjudicator and a Factor Award adjudicator.

Giselle completed her contract with the Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg, France, where she was a member of the Opera Studio. Giselle sang the role of Adele in a Gala Performance of Die Fledermaus in Switzerland with Jose Carreras. Giselle has also sung at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with The English Bach Festival, where she sang the role of the Chinese Woman & The Nymph in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. She also covered this role at English National Opera along with Moira in Ruders’ The Handmaid’s Tale. Giselle continued her work at English National Opera with the role of Oscar, from Verdi’s Masked Ball.
She has appeared on British Television for the BBC and the BBC World Service. Her radio performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio Two and Classic FM in the U.K., and also Canadian National Radio, when she was invited to perform the world premiere of a newly discovered Mozart aria at Christies in London. Giselle has attended Masterclasses at The Britten Pears School with Dame Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge, and also with Hughes Cuenod & Suzanne Danco. She has also taken part in Masterclasses with Adele leigh, Jill Gomez, Marjorie Thomas, Victor Morris and Jonathan Hinden.
As a regular on the recital and oratorio platforms, her performances have included a BBC Radio Two ‘Friday Night is Music Night’; Mozart’s Requiem and Davide Penitente at the Barbican; and Carmina Burana with the BBC Concert Orchestra in Nottingham, England.