Assistant Principal Librarian
Pennsylvania native Valerie Little became a tenured member of the Minnesota Orchestra in September 2015, after serving six seasons as acting assistant principal lLibrarian. She has also served as librarian for Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA), Mankato Symphony, Minnesota Bach Ensemble and Madeline Island Chamber Music, 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, Orchestra Iowa and at the Schubert Club. 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, three-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, actively maintain her mental health and wellness, read, listen to podcasts about true crime and the supernatural, and be a good mom to her two cats. She is also an accomplished writer with many essays and poems in print via various publications. Her writing was nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize and she is currently working on a creative writing certificate through the University of Pennsylvania.