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Stephanie Valadez

PhD Student

Stephanie Valadez is the Artistic Director and Chair of the Board for Xicameri Productions, a 501(c)3 organization that uplifts the voices of under-represented communities and promotes justice and equal opportunity through its thought-provoking music and dance.  She enjoys collaborative and multidisciplinary work.  Some of her performances have included Showcase Artist Concert at the Zeltsman Marimba Festival, Reich's Drumming with Steve Schick and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and Cage's Branches and Inlets for the opening of the SF Symphony's SF SoundBox under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.  She currently teaches privately and maintains a full studio of marimba, piano, and ukulele students. Mrs. Valadez is an Education Artist for MarimbaOne and enjoys performing on her Izzy marimba.

Research Interests: 

The adaptation and bifocality of rituals and customs of indigenous communities in Latin America (with a specific focus on the Mexica community) to fit a Catholic narrative as an act of preservation and protection.

Honors and Awards: 

Showcase Artist for the Zeltsman Marimba Festival

Glenn Glasow Fellowship Commission

Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra Commission - Timothy Smith, conductor

Diablo Wind Symphony Marimba Concerto Commission - Jack Van Geem, marimbist

Drum Corps International Open Class Champion - Blue Devils 'B' Corps

Winterguard International World Class Finalist - Freelancers Drumline

Education and Training: 
MM in Composition, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
MM in Marimba Performance, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
BA in Performing Arts: Music, Saint Mary's College of California
Diploma in Performing Arts Administration: Escuela de Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández
Teaching Interests: 


Marimba performance

Ensemble performance (Vocal and/or Instrumental)