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Sorel Visiting Artist

Internationally renowned Professor of Composition, Dr. Valerie Coleman, will be in residence during the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters as the Claudette Sorel Visiting Artist.

Dr. Valerie Coleman

2023-2024 Sorel Visiting Artist:
Dr. Valerie Coleman

  • October 12-14, 2023

  • April 25-27, 2024

Internationally renowned composer Dr. VALERIE COLEMAN visits SUNY Fredonia in her first residency as our 2023-2024 Sorel Visiting Artist. Highlighted as one of the “Top 35 Women Composers” by The Washington Post, she was named Performance Today’s 2020 Classical Woman of the Year, Valerie Coleman is regarded by many as an iconic artist who continues to pave her own unique path as a composer, Grammy-nominated flutist, and entrepreneur. She will be on campus from October 12-14, 2023 and from April 24-27, 2024 to work with our students and community through performances of her music, panel discussions, workshops, and more.

Valerie Coleman is regarded by many as an iconic artist who continues to pave her own unique path as a composer, GRAMMY®-nominated flutist, and entrepreneur. Highlighted as one of the “Top 35 Women Composers” by The Washington Post, she was named Performance Today’s 2020 Classical Woman of the Year, an honor bestowed to an individual who has made a significant contribution to classical music as a performer, composer or educator. Her works have garnered awards such as the MAPFund, ASCAP Honors Award, Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Program, Herb Alpert Ragdale Residency Award, and nominations from The American Academy of Arts and Letters and United States Artists. Umoja, Anthem for Unity was chosen by Chamber Music America as one of the “Top 101 Great American Ensemble Works” and is now a staple of woodwind literature.

Coleman commenced her 2021/22 season with the world premiere of her latest work, Fanfare for Uncommon Times, at the Caramoor Festival with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. In October 2021, Carnegie Hall presents her work Seven O'Clock Shout, commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra, in their Opening Night Gala concert featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. This follows on the success of the world premiere of Coleman’s orchestral arrangement of her work Umoja, commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra and performed in Philadelphia and at Carnegie Hall in 2019, marking the first time the orchestra performed a classical work by a living female African-American composer. In February 2022, The Philadelphia Orchestra and soprano Angel Blue, led by Nézet-Séguin, will give the world premiere of a new song cycle written by Coleman, commissioned by the orchestra for performances in Philadelphia and at Carnegie Hall. Coleman's new work, Ashé, was commissioned and will be premiered by Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) in Summer 2022, where she will be a returning Visiting Artist for BUTI’s Young Artists Program. She is also the Director of BUTI’s new Woodwind Quintet Workshop, to be launched in June 2022.

Coleman has been named to the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater New Works dual commissioning program in 2021/22. This season sees performances of her works by orchestras around the United States including the Minnesota Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Symphony and The Louisville Orchestra. Recent commissions include works for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Library of Congress, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Composers Orchestra, The National Flute Association, University of Chicago and University of Michigan. Previous performances of her works have been with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony and significant chamber ensembles and collegiate bands across the country.

Former flutist of the Imani Winds, Coleman is the creator and founder of this acclaimed ensemble whose 24-year legacy is documented and featured in a dedicated exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. She recently founded and currently performs as flutist of the performer-composer trio Umama Womama.

As a performer, Coleman has appeared at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center and with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Banff, Spoleto USA and Bravo! Vail. As a guest flutist, she has participated in the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, New Jersey Flute Fair, South Carolina Flute Society Festival, Colorado Flute Fair, Mid-South Flute Fair and the National Women’s Music Festival. In 2021/22, Valerie will appear at a host of festival and collegiate multi-disciplinary residencies, including Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Chamber Music Northwest, Phoenix Chamber Music Society, University of Michigan and Coastal Carolina University. Coleman will be the featured guest artist at the Long Island Flute Club, Raleigh Area Flute Association, Greater Portland Flute Society, Seattle Flute Society, University of Wisconsin-Madison Flute Day, Bethune-Cookman University Flute Day and the Florida Flute Society Festival.

As a chamber musician, Coleman has performed throughout North America and Europe alongside Dover Quartet, Orion String Quartet, Miami String Quartet, Harlem String Quartet, Quarteto Latinoamericano, Yo-Yo Ma, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Anne-Marie McDermott, Wu Han, David Shifrin, Gil Kalish, members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and jazz legends Paquito D’Rivera, Stefon Harris, Jason Moran and René Marie. A laureate of Concert Artists Guild, she is a former member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center CMS Two.

Coleman’s work as a recording artist includes an extensive discography. With Imani Winds, she has appeared on Sony Classical, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, Naxos, Cedille Records and eOne, and as a guest flutist on albums with Wayne Shorter Quartet, Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance, Chick Corea, Brubeck Brothers, Edward Simon, Bruce Adolphe, and Mohammed Fairouz. Her compositions and performances are regularly broadcast on NPR, WNYC, WQXR, Minnesota Public Radio, Sirius XM, Radio France, Australian Broadcast Company and Radio New Zealand.

Committed to arts education, entrepreneurship and chamber music advocacy, Coleman created the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival in 2011, a summer mentorship program in New York City welcoming young leaders from over 100 international institutions. She has held flute and chamber music masterclasses at institutions in 49 states and over five continents, including The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, New England Conservatory, Oberlin College, Eastman School of Music, Yale University, Carnegie Mellon, Interlochen Arts Academy, Beijing Conservatory, Brazil’s Campo do Jordão Festival and Australia’s Musica Viva. As a part of Imani Winds, she has been artist-in-residence at Mannes College of Music, Banff Chamber Music Intensive and Visiting Faculty at the University of Chicago.

Coleman recently joined the Mannes School of Music Flute and Composition faculty in Fall 2021 as the Clara Mannes Fellow for Music Leadership. Prior to that she served on the faculty at The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami as Assistant Professor of Performance, Chamber Music and Entrepreneurship. In 2021/22, she leads a year-long residency at The Juilliard School in their Music Advancement Program through American Composers Forum.

She adjudicates for the National Flute Association’s High School Artist Competition, Concert Artist Guild, APAP’s Young Performing Concert Artists Program, ASCAP’s Morton Gould Award, MapFund Award and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and has served on the Board of Advisors for Composers Now, Sphinx LEAD, APAP’s Classical Connections Committee and the National Flute Association’s New Music Advisory Committee and Board Nomination Committee.

Coleman’s compositions are published by Theodore Presser and her own company, VColeman Music. She studied composition with Martin Amlin and Randy Wolfe and flute with Julius Baker, Judith Mendenhall, Doriot Dwyer, Leone Buyse and Alan Weiss. She and her family are based in New York City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event One: Sorel Artist Roundtable Panel: Women In Music

Thursday, October 12, 2023
8pm, Rosch Recital Hall

Internationally renowned composer Dr. VALERIE COLEMAN visits SUNY Fredonia in her first residency as our 2023-2024 Sorel Visiting Artist. Highlighted as one of the “Top 35 Women Composers” by The Washington Post, she was named Performance Today’s 2020 Classical Woman of the Year, Valerie Coleman is regarded by many as an iconic artist who continues to pave her own unique path as a composer, Grammy-nominated flutist, and entrepreneur. She will be on campus from October 12-14, 2023 to work with our students and community through performances of her music, panel discussions, workshops, and more.

This event features a roundtable discussion about women in music and their experiences in the musical community. The roundtable panel will include Valerie Coleman (Claudette Sorel Visiting Artist), JoAnn Falletta (Buffalo Philharmonic Music Director), and Emily Schaad (SUNY Fredonia Director of Orchestras). These events are made possible thanks to a generous gift from The Sorel Charitable Organization, Inc.

Event Two: Chamber Music of Valerie Coleman

Friday, October 13, 2023
8pm, Rosch Recital Hall

Description: Internationally renowned composer Dr. VALERIE COLEMAN visits SUNY Fredonia in her first residency as our 2023-2024 Sorel Visiting Artist. Highlighted as one of the “Top 35 Women Composers” by The Washington Post, she was named Performance Today’s 2020 Classical Woman of the Year, Valerie Coleman is regarded by many as an iconic artist who continues to pave her own unique path as a composer, Grammy-nominated flutist, and entrepreneur. She will be on campus from October 12-14, 2023 to work with our students and community through performances of her music, panel discussions, workshops, and more.

This event features performances of Dr. Coleman’s music performed by Fredonia music faculty and students.  These events are made possible thanks to a generous gift from The Sorel Charitable Organization, Inc.

Event Three: Fredonia College Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, October 14, 2023
8pm, King Concert Hall

Description: Internationally renowned composer Dr. VALERIE COLEMAN visits SUNY Fredonia in her first residency as our 2023-2024 Sorel Visiting Artist. Highlighted as one of the “Top 35 Women Composers” by The Washington Post, she was named Performance Today’s 2020 Classical Woman of the Year, Valerie Coleman is regarded by many as an iconic artist who continues to pave her own unique path as a composer, Grammy-nominated flutist, and entrepreneur. She will be on campus from October 12-14, 2023 to work with our students and community through performances of her music, panel discussions, workshops, and more.

This event features performances of Dr. Coleman’s music performed by the Fredonia College Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Emily Schaad. In addition, the concert will include the 2nd Symphony by Peter Tchaikovsky as well as movements from Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos with current music students Aaron Mecham and Boaz Mecham.  These events are made possible thanks to a generous gift from The Sorel Charitable Organization, Inc.

Thursday, April 25
6:30PM
MUSIC ADVOCACY PANEL DISCUSSION
Valerie Coleman & Dr. John Gallagher
Diers Recital Hall

8PM
CONCERT BAND performs Valerie Coleman’s ROMA
King Concert Hall

 

Friday, April 26
8PM
VALERIE COLEMAN: “On Stage With Valerie Coleman”
Rosch Recital Hall

 

Saturday, April 27
12PM
Flute Area Masterclass with Valerie Coleman
Room 1080, Mason Hall

2:30PM
Composition Area Masterclass with Valerie Coleman
Room 1080, Mason Hall

8PM
Fredonia Wind Ensemble performs Valerie Coleman’s FANFARE FOR UNCOMMON TIMES
King Concert Hall
Reception to follow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These events are possible thanks to a generous gift from The Sorel Organization, Inc. 

Sorel Charitable Organization

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