valerie little, violA

Pennsylvania native Valerie Little is an active freelance violist and orchestra librarian in the Twin Cities region. Notable performances include appearing as soloist with the York Symphony (PA) and the Mankato Symphony, as well as performing Quincy Porter's Suite for Viola Alone at the 38th International Viola Congress.  As an orchestral musician, Valerie has frequently performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, Orchestra Iowa, Northrop Ballet, and the summer festival orchestras at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Round Top Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and Oberstdorf Bach Festival. Since 2013, Valerie has been the violist of the Mill City String Quartet. 

She is among the newest tenured members of the Minnesota Orchestra, where she has served as the orchestra’s ICSOM delegate and is currently the artistic administrator of the Zellmer Trombone Competition. Valerie has also served as librarian for Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA), Mankato Symphony, Minnesota Bach Ensemble, the 2017 National Flute Association Convention, and Madeline Island Chamber Music.  

She holds degrees in Viola Performance and English and Creative Writing from Pennsylvania State University, an MM from the University of Texas, and a DMA from the University of Minnesota. Her principal teachers include Kathleen W. Yeater, Timothy Deighton, Roger Myers, and Korey Konkol. 

In her non-musical time, Valerie likes to travel with her husband, read, listen to true crime podcasts, and be a good mom to her two cats.