Valentina Vladimirovna Shatalova holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and a Master of Arts Degree from SUNY New Paltz with a major in Piano Pedagogy under the auspices of Vladimir Feltsman.
A frequent performer throughout the NY Metropolitan and Mid-Hudson areas, Valentina was recently featured as a soloist with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra's performance of Bach Brandenburg Concerto #5. As an accompanist and vocal coach, Valentina collaborates with many professionals and students throughout the Hudson Valley. She plays keyboards with both the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra and the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra.
As a teacher Valentina maintains a full piano studio in New Paltz, N.Y. Some of her award- winning students have continued their piano studies at Eastman, The Crane School of Music SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Fredonia, Hartt School of Music, Ithaca and Oberlin College. Valentina is on the teaching roster at the Ulster County Community College and has also conducted choirs and taught general music in public and private schools.
A graduate of the Summer School of Liturgical Music at Jordanville, Valentina has grown up on the kliros (her mother, Lydia Nikolskaya was a member of the Synodal Choir under the direction of B.M Ledkovsky) and conducts at the St. Nicholas Parish in Poughkeepsie, New York. At SSLM, her responsibilities include both teaching musicianship and theory, and administrative duties.