Valerie Bobbett Gardner

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Valerie Bobbett Gardner (born December 14, 1947) is an American violinist, pedagogue, and author.

Birth and early years[edit]

Valerie Jeanne Bobbett was born on December 14, 1947 to parents Dr. Gordon Howard and Oreon Cameron Bobbett in Boston, Massachusetts. She was raised in Florence, South Carolina in a musical household, her mother being a violinist and her father a clarinetist.[1] Valerie began studying violin at age 8. At age 11, she received lessons from Peter Kurtz, a violinist who had taught Oreon Cameron 35 years earlier and who was visiting Florence upon the request of the Bobbett family.[2][3] Valerie began teaching violin lessons at age 15. Valerie served as concertmaster of the South Carolina All-State Orchestras throughout her Junior and Senior High School years. Her summers were spent at the Brevard Music Center and at the Meadowmount School of Music as a student of Ivan Galamian. She also studied with Jerrie Lucktenberg and Elaine Richey during this time.

Training and career[edit]

She obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in 1970 from the Curtis Institute of Music[4] under Jascha Brodsky and a Masters of Fine Arts one year later from Carnegie-Mellon University under Sidney Harth.

On August 27, 1970, she married Warren Ewing Gardner.[5][6]

From 1971 to 1973, she was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

In 2009, Gardner was the professor of violin and viola at North Georgia College and State University[7] while continuing to maintain her private teaching studio in Winder, Georgia.


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  2. ^ Florence Morning News, January 9, 1958
  3. ^ Florence Morning News, January 15, 1958
  4. ^ The Curtis Institute of Music Alumni Directory 2005, pp. 8, 29, 122, 147
  5. ^ Florence Morning News, July 10, 1970
  6. ^ Elwood City (Pa.) Ledger, Aug. 28, 1970
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