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.