Choral Chameleon Artist Profile: Kelly Baxter Golding

Mezzo-soprano Kelly Baxter Golding has been a choral performer since her teens. She has experience in styles ranging from original notation chant to new music, and has appeared as a soloist with many groups in her native Canada, but her passion is for small ensemble singing and the early repertoire, particularly Renaissance and Baroque. Kelly spent a number of years living and studying in Japan, and was a member of Tokyo’s acclaimed Baroque ensemble Bach Collegium Japan when it launched its cantata recording series on the BIS label.

Kelly studied voice with Carol Forte in Toronto and with Cornelius Reid in New York. She has studied with Benjamin Bagby of the Sequentia Ensemble for Medieval Music, and has performed with Toronto-based groups Sine Nomine, Opera Atelier and Tafelmusik. She has indulged a secret love of music theater with forays into Sondheim and summer workshops – but she generally keeps pretty quiet about that (much the way she attempts to cover up her near-obsessive dedication to proper spelling and grammar in written communications!).

After her relocation to New York, Kelly scaled back on outside commitments for several years to devote time to a new role: mother to sons Jamie (6 ½) and AJ (5). She is delighted to be getting out more again, particularly with Choral Chameleon! Since she somehow acquired a business degree in her travels, one of Kelly’s other hats is that of arts administrator; past clients include the Elora Festival Singers and the Exultate Chamber Singers.

Kelly Baxter Golding is an alto in Choral Chameleon.


So, Kelly, what do you like about singing with Choral Chameleon?

I like the fact that we come from so many different musical backgrounds. My own background is strongly classical/choral, and it’s wonderful to make music with a talented group of professionals who aren’t all just like me! Every time we sing in a new style, I get a surprise from someone – it never gets boring.


Tell us about a favorite song Choral Chameleon has performed:

I really enjoyed letting loose with a bit of improv in Vince Peterson’s arrangement of Rise Up, Shepherd last season. My approach to choral music has always been very academic, and to release oneself from the page and just sing what’s in your heart is a very liberating experience for me!


Let’s say someone was invited to a Choral Chameleon concert, but had never heard the choir sing before. What would you wish to tell them about Choral Chameleon?

Don’t take your eyes – or ears – off us! You might miss something.


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