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(Kehembe) Valerie Eichelberger


(Kehembe) Valerie Eichelberger, Chair and Associate Professor (Voice and Music Business Seminar), Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, Howard University.

Mezzo-Soprano Valerie Eichelberger is a native of Chicago and a graduate of Howard University, where she is now on the voice faculty. Her operatic performances include singing with the North Virginia Opera Company, the Washington Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, the Kennedy Center Summer Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera.

Ms. Eichelberger studied with the late Frederick Wilkerson, McLean Bosfield, and Hilda Harris and was coached by Sylvia Olden Lee. She was a soloist for Howard University's production of Verdi's Requiem Mass, which aired on Public Television. She also appeared on Robert Schuller's Hour of Power program.

Her international debut took place in Melbourne, Australia where she sang "Strawberry Woman" in the Spoleto Festival's production of Porgy and Bess. Included in her oratorio performances are Mendelssohn's Elijah, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Masses, Bach's B Minor Mass and St. Matthew Passion. She appeared with the Alexandria Symphony, the Arlington Symphony, the National Symphony of Washington and the Washington Symphony Orchestra at DAR Constitution Hall. She performed Nunes-Garcia's Requiem Mass and Brahms' Alto Rhapsody in tribute to Marion Anderson and devoted an entire concert to the cherished artist. On the Ira Aldridge Theatre stage she completed a three week run of the musical Jelly's Last Jam, performing the role of Gran' Mimi.

Ms. Eichelberger frequently is the vocal accompanist for live dance performances. Her recordings include the Smithsonian's Wade in Water series and Trinity Episcopal Church's Centennial Thanksgiving. She has also recorded spirituals and hymns. She was a featured soloist with Howard University's presentation to Jessye Norman on the Kennedy Center's Honors Program.


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