violist who attended the Curtis Institute of Music and Peabody Conservatory
of Johns Hopkins University, earning a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in
Her career has
been two-fold, a combination of education and performance, and she has
built up an impressive resume in a relatively short time.
She has taught
at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Frederick Community College, Gettysburg
College, the Levine School of Music, and the Music Conservatory of
Westminster, where she holds the post of Assistant Dean and oversees the
Early Childhood Program. One of
her students, Samantha Cody, won the 2004 Marlin-Engel Solo Competition in
the Junior Division Instrumental category.
served as an adjudicator at the 2009 Northern Virginia Music Teachers
Association String Achievement Awards Competition.
performer, she has graced several groups, including Aradia,
the Folger Consort, Fiori
Musicali, which she directed and founded, the
Four Nations Ensemble, Modern Musick, the
National Philharmonic, the National String Quartet, the National Symphony
Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, The Violins of Lafayette, the Washington Bach
Consort, and the Washington Concert Opera.
November 2008, she was a special guest at Dumbarton House in Washington,
D.C., in a performance of Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Quartet in B
flat major, Op. 33, No. 4”.
She performed “Brandenburg
Concerto No. 5” by Johann Sebastian Bach on 14th April
2010, with Loren Dempster and Jean Newton at
Grace Church in White Plains, New York.
June 2010, she appeared as a member of The Minster Band in an all-Bach
program that included “Ich geh und such emit Verlangen,
BWV 49”, “Ich habe
genug, BWV 82”, “Sonata for Violin
and Harpischord in A major”, and “Weichet nur, betrubte Schatten, BWV 202”,
at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynchburg, Virginia.
which she appears include Echos from Bronze
Bells, with The Ives Quartet performing David Loeb’s “Renka for String Quartet”, and the 1987 Christmas
album, Gloria! Gloria!, with the Concerto Soloists
Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of
Fidelis (Frederick Oakeley/John Francis Wade)
Soprano – Benita Valente
Conductor – Michael Korn