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Piano Renewal Initiative

Please consider supporting our Piano Renewal Initiative. If you have a high-quality piano in good condition that you are no longer using, or if you would like to purchase or contribute towards a new piano, please contact the Department of Music Office for more information regarding our specific needs.

Metropolitan Club donates Steinway M grand piano

Katz Foundation donates new Steinway recital piano

Leon Bates Masterclass and Mini-Concert officially launches Piano Renewal Initiative.

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Liana Valente
Assistant Professor

Coordinator of Classical Voice;
Chair, Department of Music Financial Aid Committee

Childers Hall, Room 3029
(202) 806-7135

Dr. Liana Valente holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, the Master of Music degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the State University of NY, College at Fredonia. She completed teacher training and earned NY State Provisional Certification in K-12 General/Choral Music and holds certification in Contemporary Commercial Music through Shenandoah University.

An operatic Soubrette, Valente has been praised for her performances singing traditional operatic, oratorio, and song literature. She is also recognized as an exciting performer of contemporary art music, commissioning works and performing premieres each year. She collaborates with composers from across the globe, bringing new art songs, song cycles, and performance pieces to audiences throughout the US and Canada. Some of the composers with whom she has worked include Dr. Violet Balestreri Archer, Dr. Derek Healey, Joel Weiss, Dr. Timothy Brown, William Vollinger, Judy Ross, Christine Arens, Dr. Jason Lovelace, and Dr. John Valerio. Through her work with Vox Novus, a New York City New Music consortium, Valente has also premiered pieces written for her by José Jesus de Azevedo Souza, Jana Skarecky, Frank Warren, John Mackay, Peter Nickol, Christopher Wick, and Yan Pang. During the fall of 2013, Valente performed a concert of new music on the Vox Novus Composer's Voice Concert Series that featured the NYC premiere of 15 one-minute compositions written for her for the 15 Minutes of Fame project.

Dr. Valente is especially interested in performing and promoting the music of outstanding women composers and emerging American composers, and strives to create interactive, multi-media, musical/theatrical experiences. Her most recent premiere was a song cycle she commissioned from SC composer Joel Weiss; I Love Red Poppies sets 5 nature-based poems by Canada's Virna Sheard. Valente collaborated with Maryland visual artist Terry Pellmar to create digital photographs inspired by the poetry and music of the song cycle. The premiere included a gallery showing of Terry's photographs, the performance of the song cycle with collaborative pianist Immanuela Gruenberg, and a slide show chronicling the creation of the cycle, the paintings, and the performance. The slide show now travels with Dr. Valente when she performs the work. The cycle received its premiere performance on April 17, 2015 at the Woman's Club of Arlington. She is proud to have premiered over a dozen compositions in such cities as Washington, DC; Portland, OR; Indianapolis, IN; Macon, GA; Knoxville, TN; and Lakeland, FL.

Dr. Valente has been published in the Journal of Singing, the official publication of the National Association of Teachers of Singing; Music Clubs Magazine, published by the National Federation of Music Clubs; the Phi Kappa Phi E-Journal; and Pan Pipes, the quarterly magazine published by Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc. Her dissertation document, Violet Balestreri Archer: Her Life, Her Vocal Literature, and Her Influence on Contemporary Canadian Music, is housed at the University of Alberta Library, the Morisset Library for the Isobel Firestone Library, The Canadian Music Centre, Toronto, and at the University of South Carolina School of Music Library.

Valente is a frequent presenter at conferences sponsored by the College Music Society, National Federation of Music Clubs, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, and state conventions of Music Teachers National Association; her topics have included Sight-Singing At the Piano, From Commission to Premiere: A Blue Print for Performers and Composers, and lecture recitals featuring music of Violet Archer, Christine Arens, Judy Ross, and John Valerio. She has also presented internationally, most recently at The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium VIII held in Newfoundland, Canada.

As an arts administrator Dr. Valente has served National Federation of Music Clubs on the local, state, and national levels; she currently serves the Federation as the Southeast Chair of Music in Schools and Colleges, is a member of the Arts Advocacy committee, and sits on the FAMA Grant Board. Valente served as Director of the Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc. People-to-People Project from 2009 till 2015, coordinating the donation of instruments, music, and accessories to music schools, teachers, and organizations across the globe. She performs as a member of the Friday Morning Music Club of Washington, DC, has performed with StageCoach Theatre Company, is soloist at the First Church of Christ, Scientist in McLean, VA, and sits on the Board of Directors and Artistic Board of Loudoun Lyric Opera.



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HUJE Spring Concert feat. Special Guest Derrick Gardner
Ira Aldridge Theater, Tue, April 9, 12:40pm FREE

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Professor Chris Royal, D.M.A., Discusses the Legacy of Louis Armstrong
Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 11, 11am - FREE

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Jazz in Class: HU Jazz Improvisation Showcase
Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 11, 12:40pm - FREE

Vocal Jazz Ensembles at Westminster
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Fri, April 12, 6-9pm $

Flyer for Afro Blue, SAASy and HU Jazz Singers at Westminster Chiurch 4/12/19
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Symphony Orchestra & Concert Band Joint Spring Concert
Orchestral works by Handel and Beethoven. Ira Aldridge Theater, Sun, Apr 14, 4pm - FREE

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2019 NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim Presents Masterclass
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 16, 12:40-1:30pm - FREE

Colorful Flyer for Abdullah Imbrahim Masterclass on Tue 4/16
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Jazz Ensemble ("HUJE") at Westminster
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW, WDC - Fri, April 19, 6-9pm $5 Admission

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SAASy at National Museum of American History
Vocal jazz ensemble directed by Jessica Boykin-Settles. Walter H. Coulter Performance Plaza, National Museum of American History - Thu, April 25, 12pm - FREE

HUJE at Calvin Jones Big Band Jazz Festival
Annual concert hosted by UDC featuring the big bands of the University of the District of Columbia, Howard University, and the University of Maryland. Theater of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave NW, WDC - Mon, April 29, 8pm - $Admission

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