Assistant Principal Librarian
Valerie Little became one of the Minnesota Orchestra’s newest tenured member as assistant principal librarian in September 2015, after having acted in that capacity since 2009. She is primarily responsible for preparing the music for Young People’s Concerts, Live at Orchestra Hall and Inside the Classics. In 2012, she was selected for a conference internship for the Major Orchestra Librarian’s Association (MOLA), and her reflections on the conference were published in the MOLA journal, Marcato.
Little is also an active freelance violist. She has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Opera, as well as Orchestra Iowa. She has performed at many summer festivals, including The Banff Centre, Round Top, National Orchestra Institute, and Youth Orchestra of the Americas. In the summers, she is the violist and librarian at the Apollo Music Festival in southeastern Minnesota. She is a member of the Mill City String Quartet and a two-time Minnesota Public Radio Class Notes artist. She has performed on the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert series and at the James J. Hill House, Rochester Music Guild, Sioux City Chamber Music Society, Minnesota’s correctional system through a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council grant, and throughout underserved communities in southern Minnesota through funding from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council.
A native of Pennsylvania, Little graduated magna cum laude with degrees in viola performance and English literature from Pennsylvania State University, earned a master’s in viola performance from the University of Texas, and earned a doctorate in viola performance from the University of Minnesota. In her non-musical time, she is an avid reader and writer, a devoted mom to her two spoiled cats, and a seasoned traveler with her husband. She is also a children’s hospice and palliative care volunteer with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.