Michelle Vallier is a versatile performer, equally at home in the solo, chamber and orchestral fields. Dr. Vallier has performed throughout the country, including recital tours across the Midwest, Florida and Arizona. In spring 2012, she gave a series of lecture recitals on Carl Nielsen’s two works for solo violin at Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University and Wichita State University. She is an active solo performer in the greater Muskegon area.
An experienced orchestral musician, Dr. Vallier spent numerous seasons with groups such as the Wheeling and Youngstown Symphony Orchestras, the Pittsburgh and Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestras and the Arizona Chamber Orchestra. Recently she has enjoyed filling in for the West Michigan Symphony. Her chamber music activity extends from the classical repertoire to new music, baroque performance practice and alternative styles. Dr. Vallier has worked extensively with string quartets such as Takács, Orion and St. Lawrence, as well as individuals such as Dr. Robert Spring, Andrés Cárdenes and Sidney Harth. She has performed on violin and viola as Guest Artist for the Saarburger Serenaden International Music Festival and the Vianden Music Festival, and has participated in the White Lake Chamber Music Festival since 2015.
Dr. Vallier has over twenty years of experience teaching violin, viola and chamber music to students of all ages. Most notably, she has served as an assistant chamber music coach at Meadowmount School of Music and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in chamber music and studio violin, working with both undergraduate and graduate music majors at Arizona State University. She maintains a thriving private studio and is an instructor with the Nancy K. Poppen Program in Muskegon.
Michelle has lives in the North Muskegon area, and is enjoying the beautiful state of Michigan with her daughter Sage.