Valeria Serrano (viola), 17 lives in Arlington, Virginia, and is a student at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, where she studies music with Renee Skerik. Born in Anzoategui, Venezuela, Valeria began her music studies in 2014 with “El Sistema Nacional de Orquestas,” and she moved to the U.S.A. with her mother in 2017. Though her passion lives in her viola playing, Valeria also composes, sings, plays guitar, piano, and traditional Venezuelan instruments. She has participated in multiple orchestras, chamber groups, and music programs, including the NSO Youth Fellowship Program, the DC Youth Orchestra, American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Sphinx Performance Academy, and Fortissima at the Colburn School. Valeria plans to pursue a degree in viola performance and is determined to make this her profession while also continuing her work as a composer and on additional personal projects as a proud woman of color in the arts.

Check out Val’s YouTube channel for more of her songwriting!