Valerie Potter has performed as principal flutist of the New Mexico Symphony since 1993 and has held the piccolo position with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra since 1994. A student of James Pellerite, she received her Bachelor of Music from Indiana University with a performer’s certificate. Ms. Potter also received a Master’s of Music from Yale University where she studied with Tom Nyfenger. She has performed with many orchestras across the country including the Cincinnati Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony and the Houston Symphony.
She has been featured as a soloist with the New Mexico Symphony, performing the CPE Bach Concerto in d minor and the Concerto for Flute and Harp by Mozart and was a soloist in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto Number Four. She has been a member of the faculty of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is currently serving as Associate Professor of Flute at the University of New Mexico.
Ms. Potter has been featured as a performer at several National Flute Association conventions. She has also been an invited artist and clinician at several flute fairs and is in demand as a chamber musician. In 2007, she serves as the local coordinator for the NFA Convention. Ms. Potter’s discography includes a recording of twentieth century wind quintet repertoire with the New Mexico Winds.