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. She enjoys coaching young musicians at area schools, MNSOTA Middle Level Honors Orchestra, and Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. As an orchestral musician, Valerie has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, Northrop Ballet Series, Minnesota Concert Opera, Orchestra Iowa., and the summer festival orchestras at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Round Top Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and Oberstdorf Bach Festival. She is also the violist for Mill City String Quartet, two-time MPR Class Notes Artists and recent first-time recipients of a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Arts Learning Grant in support of their concerts series at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee. They will be featured on several chamber music series this season, including Schubert Club, Thursday Musical, and the Music on the Hill chamber music series in Mankato. 

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, as well as a library assistant at Round Top Music Festival. She also serves as Librarian and Web Administrator for our own Apollo Music Festival!

She holds degrees from Music and English Literature 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. She is proud supporter and volunteer for Crescent Cove, our nation’s third children’s hospice and respite center.