GC Flutist Jessica Valiente Receives AAUW American Fellowship

The Graduate Center Music Program is pleased to share that The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2014-15 American Fellowship to GC Flutist Jessica Valiente. American Fellowships, AAUW’s oldest and largest funding program, date back to 1888 and support women scholars who are completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research for publication.

“I was utterly stunned when I received notification that I had been selected as a recipient of the American Dissertation Fellowship,” said Jessica. “I am so thrilled to see that there are others in the academic community who value my work in Latin music and Latino cultural heritage.  The support of the AAUW makes it possible for me to continue.”

Active as a bandleader, composer, and GC D.M.A. Flutist, Jessica has broken barriers to become a major figure in the New York City Latin music scene. Her work as an educator and bandleader has inspired young Latinas to achieve artistic greatness in Latin music and compete for performance opportunities. Her research in Cuban music expands a field that has made significant musical contributions and brings the work of under-recognized female performers to light.

“These are life-changing awards,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW vice president of fellowships, grants, and global programs. “We’re so proud to continue this wonderful legacy and to salute this new class of fellows and grantees. They now join the ranks of Nobel Prize winners, celebrated authors, social entrepreneurs, and prominent scholars who have used AAUW funding to advance equality for women and girls.”

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