Originally from Denver, Colorado, Valerie received
a Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University in Montreal, an Artist's
Diploma from The Glenn Gould School in Toronto, and a Master's degree from
Indiana University. While in Indiana, Valerie was the recipient of an Associate
Instructorship studying Baroque violin with Professor Stanley Ritchie.
Valerie is an avid teacher who strives to encourage and inspire students of all ages. Valerie has worked with violin pedagogues Dr. Brenda Brenner and Mimi Zweig, and has taught as part of the Fairview Elementary inner city violin program. In addition to her teaching at The Kingsway Conservatory, Valerie is also on the faculty of the Laurier String Academy.
Recent performance engagements have included concerts with the Aradia Ensemble in Toronto and Aston Magna in Boston. As a founding member of the Elixir Baroque Ensemble, Valerie travelled to Fredonia, NY to present a performance and masterclass for the students.
Valerie frequently plays coners with Bourbon Baroque in Louisville, Kentucky and Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. She has also recently travelled to France to work with Philippe Herreweghe and the Jeune Orchestra Atlantique, and to San Francisco to play as part of the American Bach Soloists Academy.
"Encouraging and fostering the love of playing an instrument is not only important for students, but vital to the future of the performing arts! I believe that young violinists should be able to connect with music on a personal level. I focus on teaching students the techniques and emotional connections necessary to become able performers and compassionate human beings."
- Valerie Gordon