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Curriculum Vitae for Kevin McMillan


"Kevin McMillan has enjoyed a performing career to which only the select elite of Canadian singers have aspired and fulfilled. His résumé is replete with international performances, recordings, and awards, performances in some of the world’s greatest venues and with some of the greatest artists of our time.

Mr. McMillan's encyclopedic recall, and his knowledge and instincts regarding performance practice and interpretive possibilities are extensive, laudable, and reveal his tremendous talent. He has so much to share with students in his charge, and he does so with intense dedication."

Dr. Darryl Edwards, Head of Voice Studies,
Faculty of Music, University of Toronto


About Kevin


Birthdate: 17 April 1958

Birthplace: Listowel, Ontario, Canada

Citizenship: Canadian

Languages: English, German, French



Doctor of Musical Arts (incomplete) - 1986
The Juilliard School
New York, New York, USA

Master of Music - 1985
The Juilliard School
New York, New York, USA

Honours Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance - 1983
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada

Summer programs - 1991, 1982
The Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies
Aldeburgh, UK

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (incomplete) - 1977-1979
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Teaching Experience


  • Associate Professor of Voice
    School of Music, James Madison University
    Harrisonburg, VA
    2009 – present
  • Masterclass at the Staunton Music Festival ‘Springfest’
  • Masterclass at the Staunton Music Festival
  • Adjunct Professor of Voice
    Don Wright Faculty of Music,
    University of Western Ontario
    London, Ontario
    1998 – 2009
  • Private students
    1988 – Present
  • Adjudicator, Conservatory Canada Examinations
    2003 – present
  • Masterclasses, University of Manitoba
  • Adjudicator, Burlington Rotary Music Festival
  • Adjudicator, Winnipeg Music Festival
    Winnipeg 2005
  • Adjudicator, Niagara Falls Kiwanis Music Festival
    Niagara Falls 2004
  • Clinician, First Annual Don and Lillian Wright National Vocal Masterclass
    London, Ontario 2003
  • Masterclasses, University of Windsor
    Windsor, Ontario 2003
  • Artist in Residence, Memorial University, Newfoundland
    St. John’s, NL 2003
  • Clinician, Ontario Registered Music Teacher’s Conference
    Timmins, Ontario 2002
  • Masterclasses, Victoria Conservatory of Music
    Victoria, British Columbia 2002
  • Masterclasses, San Diego State University
    San Diego, California 2000
  • Masterclasses, Queen’s University
    Kingston, Ontario 1999
  • Masterclasses, University of Saskatchewan
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 1998
  • Masterclasses, University of Alberta
    Edmonton, Alberta 1998
  • Masterclasses, Bishop’s University
    Lennoxville, Quebec 1998
  • Masterclasses, University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba 1997
  • Masterclasses, Guelph Spring Festival
    Guelph, Ontario 1997
  • Masterclasses, Mt. Royal College
    Calgary, Alberta 1996
  • Masterclasses, Alberta College
    Edmonton, Alberta 1996
  • Masterclasses, University of Regina
    Regina, Saskatchewan 1996
  • Masterclasses, Brandon University
    Brandon, Manitoba 1996
  • Masterclasses, Lakehead University
    Thunder Bay, Ontario 1996
  • Masterclasses, University of North Dakota
    Grand Forks, North Dakota 1996
  • Masterclasses, University of Western Ontario
    London, Ontario 1992 – 1996
  • Examiner, Western Ontario Conservatory of Music
    1992 – 1998
  • Juror, CBC Radio Competition for Young Performers
    Ottawa, Ontario May 1995
  • Juror, Masterclasses, CIBC National Festival of Music
    Calgary, Alberta August 1995
  • Masterclasses, Memorial University
    St. John’s, Newfoundland 1993



Canada Council Artists in Mid-career Grant
2000 – 2001

Canada Council Career Development Grant,
1986 – 1990

Canada Council Arts Grants “B”,
1983 – 1986

Full Tuition Scholarship, The Juilliard School,

Chalmers Fund Grant, Ontario Arts Council,



Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, 2002
For outstanding public service to the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, Ontario in honour of the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

Licentiate in Music, Honoris Causa 2002
Conservatory Canada, London, Ontario

JUNO Award Nomination, 1998 NAC Recordings - Exquisite Fires
Bouchard: Songs for an Acrobat

National Arts Centre orchestra, Conductor: Trevor Pinnock

JUNO Award Nomination, 1996
Dorian Recordings - Bach: Secular Cantatas

Les Violons du Roy
Conductor: Bernard Labadie

JUNO Award Nomination, 1994
Marquis Records - Schwanengesang
- Franz Schubert
Lev Natochenny, piano

Grammy Award, 1992
London/Decca recording - Carmina burana
- Carl Orff
San Francisco Symphony and Chorus
Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt

JUNO Award Nomination, 1992
recording - “Lieder on Poems of Heinrich Heine”
Michael McMahon, piano

Gramophone Award, 1991
recording - Nielsen, Symphonies Nr. 2 and 3
San Francisco Symphony,
Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt

JUNO Award Nomination, 1989
Marquis Records - “Songs of Britten and Vaughan Williams”

John Greer, piano



Richard Miller
2002 - 2008

Diane Forlano
2000 - 2002

Lorna Haywood
1989 - 1999

Ellen Faull
The Juilliard School, 1985-1989

Daniel Ferro
The Juilliard School, 1983-1985

Martin Chambers
University of Western Ontario, 1979-1983

Alvin Reimer
University of Western Ontario, 1979-1981

Elizabeth Peters
University of Guelph, 1977-1979



Richard Miller
Vocal Technique and Pedagogy, 2000

Greta Kraus
German Lieder, 1986

Elly Ameling
German Lieder, 1984

Marguerite Meyerowitz
French Chanson, 1983 – 1986

Madeleine Marshall
English Diction, 1984

John Shirley-Quirk
English Song, 1981

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
German Lieder, 1982

Sir Peter Pears
English Song and Oratorio, 1981 – 1982



Gabriel Dobner

Margo Garrett
New York

John Greer
Toronto/Virginia, MD

Andreas Haefliger
New York

John Hess
London, ON

Angela Hewitt

Leonard Hokanson (deceased)

Warren Jones
New York

Martin Katz
Ann Arbor

Michael McMahon

Jon Kimura Parker
New York

Rena Sharon

Paul Stewart



Collins Classics – Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Job
CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Vancouver Bach Choir
Conductor: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

CBC Records – Schubert: Songs and their Transcriptions
Paul Stewart, piano

NAC Recordings – Exquisite Fires
Bouchard: Songs for an Acrobat

National Arts Centre orchestra, Conductor: Trevor Pinnock

Prague Autumn Recordings – Mendelssohn: Elias
Prague Symphony and Chorus, Conductor: Isaiah Jackson

Marquis Classics – Schubert: Schwanengesang, D.957 and Lieder
Lev Natochenny, piano

Dorian Recordings – J.S.Bach: Secular Cantatas
Les Violons du Roy, Conductor: Bernard Labadie

Dorian Recordings – Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin
Warrren Jones, piano

CBC Recordings – Lieder on poems of Heinrich Heine
Michael McMahon, piano

Chandos – Arnold Schoenberg: Ode to Napoleon, op.41
I Musici de Montreal, Conductor: Yuli Turovsky

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi – Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
Freiburger Bachchor, Freiburger Bachorchester, Conductor: Hans Michael Beuerle

Pro Arte – Brahms: Four Serious Songs (orch. Leinsdorf)
San Diego Symphony, Conductor: Yoav Talmi

IBS – Amabile Singers with guest Kevin McMillan
Conductors: John Barron, Brenda Zadorsky

London/Decca – Orff: Carmina burana
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt

London/Decca – Nielsen: Symphony #3 “Espansiva”
San Francisco Symphony, Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt

Marquis Records – Kevin McMillan, baritone; Songs of Britten and Vaughan Williams
John Greer, piano

Public Service


Founder and President
Chatham Capitol Theatre Association, Inc.
Chatham, ON
1996 – present

Secretary and Founding Member
Chatham-Kent Festival
Chatham, ON
2000 - present

Television Specials


Eric Carle Production
Mozart - The Magic Flute (role of Papageno) 2001

Springfield Symphony and Chorus, Conductor: Mark Russell Smith
PBS Television Broadcast

“Canada 125 Super Concert”
CBC Television Special for Canada’s 125th Anniversary, 1992
Olympic Stadium Montreal

“The Music Must Go On”
Profile: Kevin McMillan
CBC Sunday Afternoon Arts and Entertainment 1990
Narrator: Veronica Tennant

“Canada Day Celebrations with Queen Elizabeth from Parliament Hill”
CBC Television Special for Canada Day 1990

“Handel’s Messiah”
CTV Special with the Edmonton Symphony for Christmas 1990
Edmonton, Alberta



Oratorio Society of New York Competition
Carnegie Hall
New York, NY
2nd Prize

D’Angelo Young Artist’s Competition
Erie, Pennsylvania
2nd Prize

Juilliard Student Concerto Competition
New York, NY
Performance of Berlioz’ Les nuits d’été
Alice Tully Hall

CBC Radio Competition for Young Performers
Montréal, Québec
2nd Prize

National Vocal Competition
Guelph Spring Festival
Guelph, Ontario
1st Prize


Career Highlights

North American Premiere 1998
Glass - Songs of Milarepa
Scotia Festival Orchestra, under the Artistic Direction of Phillip Glass

London Premiere, Barbican Center, London, UK 1997
Maxwell Davies - Job

City of London Sinfonia, BBC Singers, Conductor: Richard Hickox

American Choral Director’s Association Convention 1995
Orff - Carmina burana

National Symphony, Washington, Conductor: James Paul

Los Angeles Philharmonic Debut, 1994
Haydn - The Seasons

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor: Roger Norrington

German Tour - Easter 1993
Penderecki - St.Luke Passion,
Conductor: Krzysztof Penderecki

Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival-Tour, 1992
Vilnius, Berlin (Open-Air for 70,000), Flensburg, Hamburg, Dresden
Orff - Carmina burana, Conductor: Justus Frantz

Recital Debut, New York, Kaufmann Concert Hall, 1991
Schubert - Die schöne Müllerin
, Warren Jones, piano

Germany, France, Spain Tour, 1990
Bach - Matthäus-Passion

Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, Conductor: Hellmuth Rilling

Recital Debut, Wigmore Hall, London 1990
John Greer, piano

New York Philharmonic Debut, 1990
Mendelssohn -Elijah,
Conductor: Kurt Masur

San Francisco Symphony Debut and Decca recording, 1989
Orff - Carmina burana, Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt


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