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Valerie Coleman

Valerie Coleman

Valerie Coleman is a Grammy nominated flutist and composer and is Performance Today’s “2020 Classical Woman of the Year”. Her visionary mind is responsible for the creation of Imani Winds, its chamber music festival, and a wealth of repertoire that has become a cornerstone legacy within American chamber music. A native of Louisville, Valerie is an alumna of Concert Artists Guild, CMS Lincoln Center Two fellowship, is listed as “one of the Top 35 Women Composers” by the Washington Post and is the first African-American woman to be commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra.