Singer, Choir director, Instrumentalist (fiddle,
mandolin, guitar, double bass), Teacher: (singing - harmony singing,
various traditional folk styles, fiddle, mandolin)
Val Mindel has more than 20 years’ experience as a singer, fiddler and
music teacher. She regularly performs and teaches in the Chicagoland
area, both in bands for contra- and square dances (her specialty is
American and French Canadian fiddle styles), and with the Teflons, a
group that specializes in tightly harmonized parlor, early-country and
swing songs. Her musical credentials include recording on the Arhoolie
and Bay record labels, most prominently with Any Old Time, a popular
string band that recorded and toured nationally in the 1970s and 1980s.
In addition she has led folk choirs, including the touring group Village
Harmony, which performs throughout the US, Canada, the UK, Europe and
Eastern Europe. Val has taught at the Old Town School since 1997. She
teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced Vocal Harmony, Early Country
Ensemble classes and Fiddle.