“Musical excellence is rewarding, exciting and what we ultimately aim to achieve, but we also value the process. The friendships that have been built, the skills we learn from one another week after week, the joy, the tears and the laughter... it is because of all these experiences that we excel.”
A proud native of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Kellie Walsh is the Founder and Artistic Director of Lady Cove Women's Choir, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Newman Sound Men's Choir, and Artistic Director of Shallaway: Newfoundland and Labrador Youth in Chorus. She also conducted the senior chamber choir, junior high choir, and the multi-award winning treble choir at St. Bonaventure's College, as well as the senior choir of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist.
Lady Cove Women's Choir is a two-time winner of the CBC Radio's National Competition for Amateur Choirs, and in August 2008 won first place in the prestigious Béla Bartók International Choir Competition, in Debrecen, Hungary. Newman Sound has won the CBC Galaxy Rising Star Award, and has also been a finalist in the CBC Radio's National Competition for Amateur Choirs.
Both choirs have busy performance seasons and are very active in commissioning new works, as well as performing and commissioning arrangements of the folk music of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Kellie also enjoys a busy schedule as a workshop clinician and adjudicator. In August 2009 she was guest conductor for the Nova Scotia Youth Choir summer program and in February 2010, she conducted the first-ever Pan Labrador Youth Choir as part of Festival 500 Labrador. Kellie has worked with such internationally-acclaimed conductors as Maria Guinand of Venezuela, Sir David Willcocks and Alan Hazeldine of London, England, Jon Washburn of Vancouver, Pinchas Zukerman of the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, and Helmuth Rilling of Germany.
She holds Bachelor's degrees in both Music and Music Education from Memorial University, in addition to a Master's degree in conducting, having studied with Dr. Douglas Dunsmore, Dr. Donald Buell, and Maestro Marc David. Kellie serves as a sessional instructor for choral music and music education for Memorial University's School of Music.
Kellie was named Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council's Emerging Artist for 2008, for her contribution to arts and culture in our province, particularly the choral sector. Most recently, in March 2013, Kellie received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, an award honouring significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.