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. She also enjoys performing with local and visiting pop and rock artists such as Davina and the Vagabonds, jeremy messersmith, Anne Deming, The New Standards, and Dessa. Since 2013, Valerie has been the violist of the Mill City String Quartet. MCSQ has performed on chamber music series throughout the Midwest and is a three-time MPR Class Notes Artist. This year, they will perform and teach as artists-in-residence with The Schubert Club and the Britt Festival in Oregon.

Valerie is a member of Minnesota Orchestra, where she serves as assistant principal librarian. Currently, she is on the Diversity & Inclusion, Symphony Ball, and Education & Community Engagement committees, and previously served as the orchestra’s ICSOM delegate. 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. 

She is also an accomplished poet with almost a dozen works in print in Apertures, River Heron Review, Sheila-na-Gig, Naming Hope, and in a late 2019 poetry anthology by Duck Lake Books.

In her non-musical time, Valerie likes to travel, see stand-up comedy, browse Magers & Quinn, binge podcasts and Netflix, and go outside.