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Valerie J. Day has been a vocalist, percussionist and songwriter for many years, most notably with the R&B/Pop group Nu Shooz. During her tenure with the band she toured extensively in the United States, Canada and Europe, appeared on national and international TV programs, sold over a million records worldwide and was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Ms. Day has studied music theory and vocal jazz at Mt. Hood Community College, Portland State University and The Cornish Institute of Allied Arts in Seattle. She has spent over eighteen years studying vocal production and technique with Thomas R. Blaylock, Director of the Northwest Institute of Voice. Ms. Day has been trained by Mr. Blaylock to teach his method, which is a systematized approach to the functional physiology of the voice. In teaching, she also uses her extensive performance background to assist the student in performance techniques.
Ms. Day has studied African percussion with Master Drummer Obo Addy, and Latin percussion (e.g., Cuban and Brazilian) with Michael Spiro. She has performed and/or recorded as a percussionist and or vocalist with Obo Addy's band Kukrudu, the Oregon Symphony Pops, Woody Hite Big Band, Tom Grant, Michael Allen Harrison, David Frischberg, Craig Carothers, Darrell Grant and many others as well as recording for regional and national radio commercials.
In addition to her musical studies, Ms. Day is also trained in ballet, jazz, and modern dance, having studied at the Portland Ballet School, PSU, The Cornish Institute of Allied Arts, Reed College, The Stites Center, and Dancers Workshop.
Ms. Day is currently an adjunct faculty member of the Portland and Mt. Hood Community Colleges, Marylhurst College and Portland State University.