Dorothy Micklea Valencia

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YOLA at HOLA Music Instructor

Dorothy Valencia has worked as the Principal Percussionist of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, and is a founding member of the critically acclaimed Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles.  Her recordings with the AFO have been regularly featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today.  Ms. Valencia has participated in in various music festivals, including the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland. In 2006, she joined the Youth Orchestra of the Americas as Principal Percussion on their European Tour.  Since relocating to Los Angeles, Ms. Micklea has performed regularly with numerous orchestras throughout Southern California.  She has also been sought after as a film session percussionist, and has appeared as a house musician on television shows such as FOX Networks Grandfathered, and ABC’s Black-ish.  Ms. Valencia is also active as a performer in the popular music world, and has been featured in Tom Tom Magazine proceeding from her work with her experimental folk-punk duet Lougow

As an educator, Ms. Valencia joined the faculty at Temple University as an adjunct percussion coach in 2009, and served as Professor of Percussion Studies at Arkansas State University in 2012.  She also taught private lessons and classes to more than thirty students of all ages in a number of Philadelphia schools.  Now a resident of Los Angeles, she works as a teaching artist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s program, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles at HOLA, where she had the opportunity to perform with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, which is under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel.  

Ms. Valencia earned a Master of Music degree from Temple University, where she was a student of Alan Abel and Angela Zator Nelson - both of the Philadelphia Orchestra.