A charismatic performer and teacher, Dr. Tiffany Valvo is currently the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Virginia Commonwealth University. Tiffany has been a lecturer of music at both Nazareth College and Syracuse University, and has performed at the Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, has been on international tours with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, and a participant in the Brevard Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Eastern Music Festival, and the CCM Spoleto festival in Spoleto, Italy.
Fueled by teaching and learning, Tiffany has taught applied clarinet, methods courses, chamber music, aural skills and music theory. Her varied teaching experiences have served as a catalyst for examining the ways in which we can build connections between the applied studio and other disciplines in music, accessing the core of student musicianship. Tiffany has presented on this topic at both the International Clarinet Association Conference (Orlando, 2017) and the Pedagogy of Theory Conference (Tennessee, 2017). While living in Germany in 2013-14, she held a position at Der Bläserjugend der Stadtmusik Bonndorf, teaching a private studio of students ages 8-16 in the German language and on the German system of clarinet. Previously, she held a position at the Eastman Community Music School in Rochester, NY and has taught applied lessons at the Eastman School of Music.
Tiffany has become a sought after performer of contemporary repertoire. In July 2012 she was chosen to participate in the Creative Dialogue workshop at the Sante Fe Music Festival where she worked alongside Magnus Lindberg, Chen Halevi and Anssi Karttunen. In March of the same year, she performed small chamber works by living composers at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and went on to be the secretary of Eastman’s student run new music organization, OSSIA. A graduate of the Arts Leadership Program at the Eastman School of Music, Tiffany completed an internship as Administrative Assistant with Ensemble Signal, one of the countries leading contemporary music ensembles. Tiffany has continued working with Ensemble Signal as an artistic administrator, and in July of 2017 was the project manager for Signal’s Lincoln Center Festival performance of Howard Shore/Ornette Coleman’s score to Naked Lunch with a sixty member live ensemble and film.
Tiffany holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Masters Degree in Clarinet Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor’s Degree in Clarinet Performance from Florida State University. At Eastman, she served as the teaching assistant of both Jon Manasse and Kenneth Grant. In 2012, Tiffany won a private grant to study at the Trossingen Hochschule für Musik, Germany with Israeli clarinetist Chen Halevi, one of the most influential experiences of her life thus far. Her other teachers include Frank Kowalsky and Deborah Bish.