A Columbus native, Valorie Adams-Hildreth participated as a youth in the Columbus Symphony Cadet and Youth Orchestras, winning first prize in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Solo Competition her senior year in high school. She received degrees in Flute Performance from the Eastman School of Music (Bachelor’s) and Duquesne University (Master’s), studying with Bonita K. Boyd and Bernard Z. Goldberg. Valorie participated in advanced master classes with some of the world’s finest flutists, including Walfrid Kujala, James Galway, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Samuel Baron, Marcel Moyse, Liisa Ruoho, and William Bennett. She performed in the Ohio Capital Winds, and played solo piccolo on OCW’s CD Men of Ohio: Music of Henry Filmore. She plays in the Bexley Meadows Concert Band, has performed with the Toledo Symphony and as Guest Artist with Capriccio Columbus. She is flute soloist in the CD Whispers of Mary with Mark Voris. Valorie is also an active freelance performer with the Silverwood Trio (flute, violin, and cello), which performs for weddings, receptions, and corporate events under the management of D and M DJ Entertainment. She performs in recital with her husband, organist/pianist James Hildreth as Duo Celeste. Past venues have included Broad Street Presbyterian Church (Columbus), St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church (Westerville), Livingston Avenue United Methodist Church (Columbus), Ohio University (Athens), and the Central Ohio Welsh Society’s Gamanfa Ganu (hymn sing) at Central College Presbyterian Church (Westerville), which was featured on WOSU TV’s Columbus Neighborhoods. Valorie maintains a private flute studio and is active as a clinician in Columbus area schools. She has been a Columbus Greater Arts Council Artist-in-Schools representative. Her students have been active in the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Columbus Youth Symphonic Band, Junior Winds Ensemble, OMEA adjudicated events, Ohio University Honor Band and the Ohio State University High School Honor Band.