Valerie named one of the Top 35 Female Composers in Classical Music by Anne Midgette of The Washington Post.
(8/5/17) Valerie was recently listed by the Washington Post as one of the "Top 35 Female Composers in Classical Music". The 'best of' list is what critic Midgette describes as "based on a combination of personal preference and some idea of what constitutes “importance,”.."
Valerie receives 2017 Herb Alpert/Ragdale Residency and Prize!
The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts has named Valerie Coleman a recipient of Ragdale Residency Prize for her work in music composition. The award was given to Coleman and two other recipients in the form of a stipend based composer residency at the Ragdale Foundation in Illinois. More information can be found at http://herbalpertawards.org/about/residency-prizes
2017-2018 Season Highlights
Featured Artist for the Mid-Atlantic and New Jersey Flute Fairs, a New Zealand tour and residencies at Chamber Music Northwest and the University of Chicago. Commissions in progress: Phenomenal Women - a Concerto for Imani Winds & ACO (American Composers Orchestra), a wind chamber work for the University of South Carolina, solo flute works for Flutist Allison Loggins-Hull and also The National Flute Association. Premiering collaborations include David Shifrin and Harlem String Quartet for “Shot Gun Houses”, a new clarinet quintet based on the life of Muhammad Ali.
Summer 2017: Featured Composer & Flutist at Chamber Music Northwest!
Valerie Coleman was a featured artist this summer at Portland's esteemed Chamber Music Northwest as a performer and composer.
Events included a Coffee Time Chat with the Composer, performances of Rubispheres for Wind Trio and Portraits of Langston for Flute, Clarinet and Piano. More info..
A New Musical Happening in the Heights!
A New Musical Happening in the Heights! (2016)
Hosted by Valerie Coleman, the Hudson Heights Community Music Program is a series of events that welcomes both communities of musicians and music lovers. From Composer Sessions, Open Mics to Flute Forums and Concerts, the program's mission is to break down the walls between performers and audience within an interactive experience. There is also a chamber music studio component that is open to anyone who would like to perform chamber music within an informal, non-judgemental setting and provides coachings with Mrs.Coleman-Page. (Fall Semester only.) The next event is November 1st, with a Flute Forum at 4pm, featuring flute instrument tryouts with Luke Panella and JB Weissman. $10 Donation suggest to support this and future events. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/648896718617315/
And Off To Chicago!
The University of Chicago has appointed Valerie Coleman as a Visiting Guest Lecturer and Imani Winds as an Ensemble-in- Residence beginning in October for the 2016-17 and 2018-19 seasons. She will be working with students, providing masterclasses, performing concerts and serving as part of the core ensemble of Contempo.
Floot Fire NYC 2016!
Calling all flutists of immediate to advanced levels! Floot Fire is a two day immersion of masterclasses, lessons, concerts and chamber music, to be held on July 8-10, 2016 at the National Opera Center. Applications and scholarships are available. Register here.
Summer time music at Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival!
The 6th Annual Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival will be held from Tuesday, June 21-30th, 2016 at Mannes College of Music. A brainchild of Coleman's, IWCMF is an intensive training program and workshop zone for performers and composers who are interested in developing their skills further under the tutelage of Imani Winds.
The Debut of UMOJA for Chamber Winds
The Upper Midwest Chamber Winds Symposium will be held at St. Thomas University on June 3-5th, 2016 with Imani Winds as one of the guest ensembles. The collaborative concert will feature an extended arrangement of Coleman's Umoja scored for an ensemble of woodwinds, horns and saxophones. The work will be available after the performance
On the Radio..
On Sirius XM Radio
Rubispheres for flute, clarinet and bassoon is a series of unique, hip trios that depict urban nightlife. Now heard on Sirius XM Radio's Symphony Classical station, the performance features the composer on flute, Mariam Adam on clarinet and Monica Ellis on bassoon.
The sheet music is now available for purchase as a digital download.
Now On Soundcloud..
Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes, performed by DaCapo Chamber Players. Coleman creates a vividly colored, 'big country and open sky' soundscape for Alto Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano. A musical hybrid of Native American and African cultures, "Freedmen" honors the legacy of former slaves who were adopted into the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Seminole and Chickasaw nations through emancipation or marriage.
PORTRAITS OF LANGSTON
Written for the Flute and Clarinet Consortium, Portraits of Langston is a dramatic, sometimes humorous work for flute, clarinet and piano with optional narrator. For advanced performers, the sheet music is now available for purchase as a digital download.
NEWLY PUBLISHED AT PRESSER, Available at Amazon:
Valerie Coleman's first work for flute and piano, Wish, was inspired by and titled from poet Fred D'Aguiar's work. Wish is a dramatic tone poem for flutist and pianist alike, depicting the Middle Passage in which Africans were trafficked across the Atlantic by tall ships to be sold into slavery. The virtuoso 12-minute journey is a powerful recital work, expressive and with thrilling impact. For advanced performers.
NEWLY PUBLISHED AT PRESSER:
SONATINE for Clarinet and Piano
item #: 114-41591
Sonatine is an 8-minute recital work in one movement inspired by Coleman’s travels throughout Europe, most notably while touring with jazz icon Steve Coleman. The work is reminiscent of a performance at a nightclub, where players wailed soulful tunes and riffs on a lovely summer evening in Berlin. Sonatine starts on fire, and thrives with intensity, rhythmic drive, and drama for both clarinetist and pianist. For advanced performers.