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As a well-recognized Michigan string educator, pedagogue, conductor, violinist, clinician, judge and strings advocate, Valerie M. Palmieri is the new director of orchestra for Adrian College. A former public school teacher for many years, she served as director of the Walled Lake Western Orchestras and Bloomfield Hills Lahser High School. A professional violinist, she performs with the Traverse City Symphony, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and the Adrian Symphony. 

Professor Palmieri is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Violin Performance and Music Education and has Suzuki certification for violin and cello. She holds a MA +30 in coursework from the University of San Diego, University of Miami, University of Michigan, Nicholass State University, Concordia University and Central Michigan University. Professor Palmieri has taught adult music education courses at Concordia University, Central Michigan University and Madonna University. She studied violin performance with Gustave Rosseels, Michael Avsharian and Misha Mischakoff. Her conducting mentors included Elizabeth Green, David Effron, Pierre Etoille, Valter Poole and Jonathan Sternberg. 

Distinguished roles include past President of Michigan Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (MASTA), 25 years as the Chairman of the Michigan Music In-Service Conference and has served on the Board of Directors and the Planning Committee for the Michigan Music In-Service Conference. She currently serves as the Chairman for the American Strings Teachers National Orchestra Festival and is string editor for the Michigan Music Education Journal. Professor Palmieri has presented multiple sessions on string pedagogy and educational innovations at the American String Teachers National Convention, the Michigan Music Conference, the American String Workshop, the Michigan String Workshop, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Central Michigan University and Western Michigan University. 

Professor Palmieri has a long history of excellence in orchestral work with high school and middle school students. Her high school orchestras have taken 18 gold medals and five silver medals in International Music Festivals including Ottawa, Toronto, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington D.C., London and Hawaii. Her orchestras have performed throughout Europe and the United States. She has guest-conducted orchestras throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, as well as in the Czech Republic, Kyoto and Mexico. Her work with professional orchestras includes the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony and the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. Her high school orchestras have performed numerous times at the Michigan Music In-Service Conference in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids. These ensembles have also performed for television on "Detroit Celebrates the Season" and fundraisers for PBS public broadcast in Canada and the United States. 

She has received significant honors, including recognition as Most Outstanding in Music Education (Wenger Corporation), Certificate of Musical Excellence (Michigan Association of School Boards) and a Certificate of Recognition from Harvard University for dedication to students and instructional excellence. She was named Strings Teacher of the Year by the American Strings Teachers Association, Teacher of the Year for Walled Lake Schools and Outstanding Educator by Bloomfield Hills.

She and her husband Mark live in Adrian and are proud parents of three grown children: Anthony, Jessica and Michael.