Valerie Coleman

Seven O'Clock Shout

            Coleman is one of America’s young composers whose appealing works have garnered high praise for their imagination, accessibility, and innate musical integrity.   A native of Kentucky, she is a graduate of Louisville Male High School, Boston University, and the Mannes College of Music.  She is an accomplished flautist as well as a composer, and early on in her career in composition focused on woodwind chamber music.  Branching out into other genres, she has written works for major orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Her work quickly earned her widespread recognition and awards, and is characterized by the incorporation of a diverse array of musical elements, including Afro-Cuban, jazz, and what might be recognized as “mid-century American” styles.  All of that,