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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Valerie Little

Valerie Little

Assistant Principal Librarian

Pennsylvania native Valerie Little became a tenured member of the Minnesota Orchestra in September 2015, after serving several years as Acting Assistant Principal Librarian. She has also served as the orchestra’s ICSOM delegate and is the current artistic administrator of the Zellmer Trombone Competition. She has also served as librarian for Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA), Mankato Symphony, and Madeline Island Music Camp, as well as a library assistant at Round Top Music Festival.

Also an accomplished violist, Little has often performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, Northrop Ballet Series, Orchestra Iowa, at the Schubert Club, Thursday Musical, and on the Music on the Hill chamber music series. She is an artist-in-residence at the Apollo Music Festival in Houston, MN, where she also serves as Librarian. 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 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.

Little holds bachelor’s degrees in Viola Performance and English from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Texas-Austin, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Viola Performance from the University of Minnesota.

In her non-musical time, she 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.