Valerie Coleman

Asst. Professor

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“My goals are always to inspire and guide the students to discover their own unique artistry, within and above the standards of excellence, and further build upon the ideals and culture that my beloved Imani Winds ensemble has championed for over two decades.”


Valerie Coleman-Page is an Assistant Professor of Performance, Chamber Music, and Entrepreneurship at the Frost School of Music. She is an internationally acclaimed, Grammy® nominated flutist, composer and entrepreneur. She is an alumna of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center CMS Two Fellowship, Concert Artists Guild, and creator of the ensemble Imani Winds. Alongside recent commissions from ACO, Carnegie Hall and The National Flute Association, her performances span the globe from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, to Wigmore Hall and Chamber Music New Zealand. Her flute and pen have dived into various genres of collaborative performances with artists like Wayne Shorter, Paquito D’Rivera, David Shifrin, Jason Moran, Simon Shaheen, Steve Coleman, Harlem String Quartet and Orion String Quartet. 

Listed as “one of the Top 35 Women Composers” in the Washington Post by critic Anne Midgette, Valerie received composer awards such as the Herb Alpert Awards Ragdale Prize, Van Lier Fellowship, MAPFund, ASCAP Honors Award, and nominations from The Academy of Arts and Letters, and United States Artists. Her work, UMOJA, was listed by the Chamber Music America as one of the “Top 101 Great American Ensemble Works” and is a staple within woodwind literature. The Los Angeles Times referred to her Afro-Cuban Concerto as an “engaging showpiece, deftly woven polyrhythmic lines -- suggesting the pulse of Cuban clave and even James Brown.” The Boston Globe describes her as having “talent for delineating form and emotion with shifts between ingeniously varied instrumental combinations”. The New York Times observes her compositions as “skillfully wrought, buoyant music”, and critic Steve Metcalf of the Hartford Courant refers to her as “The composer who almost made me forget Mozart”.  Commission highlights include the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Collegiate Band Directors National Association, Chamber Music Northwest, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, National Flute Association, The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and The Universities of Chicago, South Carolina, Michigan, Virginia Commonwealth, Hawaii Manoa, and Ohio State. She is “on the air" with Sirius XM, NPR, WNYC, WQXR, and Minnesota Public Radio and abroad including RadioFrance, Australian Broadcast Company, and Radio NZ. She can be heard on the labels Naxos, Sony Classical, Deutsche Grammophon, eOne, and Cedille Records. 

Valerie Coleman-Page is a highly sought-after clinician who has given masterclasses at institutions in 49 states, including The Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Yale University, Carnegie Mellon, New England Conservatory, Oberlin College, and Interlochen Arts Academy; and over 5 continents, from Beijing Conservatory to Brazil’s Campo do Jordão Festival and Australia’s Musica Viva. She was also an adjudicator for APAP’s Young Performing Concert Artists fellowship, ASCAP’s Morton Gould Award, MapFund Award, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.  In 2011, she created a summer mentorship program in NYC, called Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, which has welcomed musicians from over 100 institutions both nationally and abroad. Valerie was recently an artist-in-residence at Mannes College of Music, Banff Chamber Music Intensive, and the University of Chicago. She is published by Theodore Presser, International Opus, and her own company, V Coleman Music. 

Read her March 2021 interview on The Flute Review here.


Honors & Acknowledgements


Career Highlights

  • Founder and creator of internationally acclaimed ensemble Imani Winds (1997)
  • Executive Director, Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival (2011-2013)
  • Performances with Yo Yo Ma, Gilbert Kalish, David Shifrin, Jon Nakamura, Anne-Marie McDermott, Ida and Ani Kavafian, Wayne Shorter, Steve Coleman, Stefon Harris, Jason Moran, Paquito D’Rivera, René Marie, Orion String Quartet, Miami String Quartet, Harlem String Quartet, Brian Blade, Chick Corea, the Brubeck Brothers, Mohammed Fairouz, Edward Simon, Gretchen Parlato, and Kurt Masur
  • Featured Guest Artist for New Jersey Flute Club Fair (2016), Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair (2018), Colorado Flute Fair (2018), Mid-South Flute Fair (2019), South Carolina Flute Fair (2019) 
  • Multiple Performances at Lincoln Center, Disney Hall, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall’s Weill, Zankel and Isaac Stern Auditorium, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Tubaloon Norway, Montreal Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, San Francisco Premiere Performances, La Jolla Chamber Music Festival, New Haven Arts and Ideas, Bravo! Vail Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Wolftrap, and Music at Angelfire (2002 - 2018)
  • Performances of “The Brandenburg Concertos” with members of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (2017)
  • Commission and Premiere of “ShotGun Houses” based on the life of Muhammad Ali, premiered by David Shifrin and Harlem String Quartet at Chamber Music Northwest (2018)
  • Flute studies with Julius Baker, Doriot Dwyer, Judith Mendenhall, Leone Buyse and Alan Weiss
  • Composition studies with Martin Amlin and Randy Woolf

Awards and Honors

  • Artists International Winner (2001)
  • Listing in Chamber Music America’s Top 101 Chamber Music Works (2001)
  • Concert Artists Guild Winner (2002)
  • Brooklyn Philharmonic/Meet the Composer Fellowship (2003)
  • CMS Two Fellow, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (2001-2003)
  • ASCAP Honors Award (2003)
  • Grammy® Nomination for the album, “The Classical Underground” (2005)
  • MapFund Award (2008)
  • National Flute Association Newly Published Music Winner for “Danza de la Mariposa” (Theodore Presser, 2012)
  • Listing in Washington Post’s Article by critic Anne Midgette, “The Top 35 Female Composers in Classical Music” (2017)
  • Herb Alpert Awards, Ragdale Residency Prize (2017)
  • Louisville Male Traditional High School Distinguished Alumni Award and Hall of Fame Inductee (Louisville, Kentucky,  2018)

Committees and Boards

  • Advisory Board Member, National Flute Association (2007-2009)
  • Committee Member, National Flute Association New Music (2010-2015), 
  • Committee Member, APAP -  Association of Performing Arts Professionals Classical Connections (2013-2015),
  • Board Member, Composer’s Concordance NYC (2014 - Present), 
  • Advisory Board Member, Composers Now (2014 - Present),

Select Published Works

  • Umoja for Wind Quintet, Publisher: V Coleman Music (2001)
  • Afro-Cuban Concerto for Wind Quintet, Publisher: International Opus (2003)
  • Roma for Concert Band, Publisher: Theodore Presser (2010)
  • Wish Sonatine for Flute and Piano, Publisher: Theodore Presser (2014)
  • “Fanmi Imèn” for Flute and Piano, Theodore Presser (2018)

Select Recordings

  • Imani Winds, The Classical Underground (2005), Koch International Classics
  • The Brubeck Brother, Classified (2008), eOne Music
  • Wayne Shorter, Without a Net (2011), Blue Note
  • Chick Corea, The Continents (2012), Deutsche Grammophon
  • Edward Simon, Sorrows and Triumphs (2017), Sunnyside Records

Recent Commissions

  • “Roma”, Collegiate Band Directors National Association (2007)
  • “Portraits of Langston” for Flute, Clarinet, Piano and Narrator, Flute/Clarinet Duos Consortium (2008)
  • “Bronzeville” for Wind Quintet and Piano, University of Chicago (2017)
  • ‘Glory” for Wind Quintet and Baritone Voice, University of South Carolina (2018)
  • “Shotgun Houses” for Clarinet and String Quartet, Chamber Music Northwest (2018)
  • “Fanmi Imèn” for Flute and Piano, National Flute Association for their High School Soloist Competition (2018)
  • “Phenomenal Women” for Wind Quintet and Orchestra, Carnegie Hall with American Composers Orchestra (2018)
  • “Revelers” for Winds and Strings, Carnegie Hall with Decoda Ensemble (2018)