Stephanie Valadez is a Mexican-American musician based in Mexico City and San Francisco, who focuses on Latin American and pre-Hispanic music and dance. She is the Artistic Director and Chair of the Board for Xicameri Productions, a 501(c)3 organization that uplifts the voices of under-represented communities and promotes justice and equal opportunity through its thought-provoking music and dance. She enjoys collaborative efforts with dancers and composers as well as programmatic recitals that utilize her voice, various instruments, and guest performers. Mrs. Valadez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Performing Arts: Music with an emphasis in composition from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2012, a Master of Music degree in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2014 in the studios of Dan Becker and Conrad Susa, a Master of Music degree in Marimba Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2015 in the studio of Jack Van Geem, and a Performing Arts Administration Diploma from Escuela de Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández. She is currently pursuing a PhD. in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Mrs. Valadez has 18 years of professional experience. Some of her performances have included appearing as the Showcase Artist for the Zeltsman Marimba Festival, Reich's Drumming with Steve Schick and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and Cage's Branches and Inlets for the opening of the SF Symphony's SF SoundBox under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. She currently teaches privately and maintains a full studio of marimba, piano, and ukulele students. Mrs. Valadez is an Education Artist for MarimbaOne and enjoys performing on her Izzy marimba.
"[Stephanie Valadez's music] emerged as the interplay among significantly different sonorities... The result was imaginative and well worth an opportunity for subsequent listening."
-The San Francisco Examiner