Valerie Maze is a Music Director, Pianist, Vocal Coach, and Educator from Chicago. She is currently the Music Director/Conductor on the First National Tour of SIX. Valerie has been on the Music Staff at the Lyric Opera of Chicago for 15 years, serving as Dance Pianist and Assistant Conductor for several operas, and Assistant Conductor (Cover Conductor) for My Fair Lady, King and I, Carousel, Sound of Music, Oklahoma! and Showboat. In addition, she most recently was Music Director for Evita at Drury Lane Theatre/Oak Brook, Conductor for Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’s Follies, Goodman Theatre’s Brigadoon, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Gypsy, Follies, The Adventures of Pinnochio, Peter Pan, The Princess and the Pea and The Little Mermaid.
Valerie’s other credits include: Music Director/Conductor at Drury Lane (White Christmas), Writers’ Theatre (A Little Night Music, which received a Jeff Award nomination), Apple Tree Theatre (Jon and Jen), Theater at the Center (where she won an “After Dark Award” for her work on Cats), Chicago Muse Theater (where she worked with director Richard Maltby on The Story of My Life); Music Director and Conductor at Peninsula Players, Wagon Wheel Theatre, Provision Theater, Music Theatre Works, Bowen Park Opera, Loyola University; and as a keyboardist with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Marriott Theatre.
In addition, Valerie has served as an Assistant Conductor at various regional opera houses: Portland Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Chicago Light Opera Works, Harrisburg Opera, DuPage Opera, daCorneto Opera, and Elgin Opera. In the opera world, recent productions she has been involved in are: Capriccio, Merry Widow, Die Feldermaus, and LaTraviata, to name a few.
In the education realm, she was a Lecturer and Music Director/Conductor in Elon University’s nationally ranked Music Theatre program in North Carolina. She has been on the coaching staff at The Opera Training Institute of Chicago, Music Theatre Instructor at Loyola University, was a coach/collaborative pianist in the Music Theatre department at Northwestern University and DePaul University, and teaches master classes at various universities.
She is also an active recital, cabaret audition pianist, and Master Class guest.
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- Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
- Music Director/Conductor (Baton)
- Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
- Vocal Arranger
- Instrumentalist/Pit Musician
- Audition Pianist
- Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
- Rehearsal Pianist
- Voice Teacher (Private Studio)
- THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)