Professor of Music (Flute)
Dr. Valerie Watts is Professor of Flute at the University of Oklahoma where she teaches flute to graduate and undergraduate flute students. She is principal flute in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and a member of the Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet, woodwind-quintet-in-residence at the University of Oklahoma, since 1988. During the summer Watts performs as principal flutist with the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. She has appeared with several ensembles and as soloist nationally and abroad, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (NY), the Eastman-Dryden Orchestra (Switzerland & Germany), Bach Camerata (Santa Barbara, CA), Patterson-Watts Duo (Brazil), and The Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet (England & Austria). Recently, she served as artist-in-residence at the Xu Beihong School of the Arts, Renmin University in Beijing, China. Watts was a 1993 finalist of the Festivales Internacionales de Flautistas in Lima, Peru, and is a former fellow at the Bach Aria Institute and Festival in Stony Brook, New York and the Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. Watts has recorded with the CBS Masterworks, Integra and W.W. Norton labels.
- DMA - Eastman School of Music
- MM - Eastman School of Music
- BA - Northwestern University, summa cum laude