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Valerie Sly currently serves as principal horn of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. She previously held positions as principal horn of the West Virginia and Adrian (Michigan) Symphony Orchestras, and in summer 2021, joined the Des Moines Opera Orchestra as third horn. Ms. Sly has also frequently performed with the Virginia, Richmond, Colorado, and
Memphis Symphonies, as well as the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Sly has appeared twice as a featured soloist for the Vermont Mozart Festival, performing concerti with the festival’s chamber orchestra in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, her chamber ensemble, Izula Horns, appeared as featured artists in the Boulanger Initiative’s inaugural Women Composers festival. Summer orchestra fellowships include Spoleto Festival USA, Lucerne Festival Academy, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Colorado College
ummer Music Festival. In September 2021 she returned to Lucerne as a member of the festival’s alumni ensemble.
Ms. Sly is currently completing a DMA degree at the University of Colorado Boulder under the tutelage of Michael Thornton. She also holds a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music where she studied with William Purvis, and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory where she studied with Roland Pandolfi.