Valerie Horst is the Director Emerita of the Amherst Early Music Festival, a former vice president of the American Recorder Society, and past President of Early Music America. Holder of an MFA in Historical Photograph of Valerie Horst Performance from Sarah Lawrence College, she is a long-time member of the faculty of Mannes College of Music, as well as Music Director of the Miami Chapter of the American Recorder Society. Since retiring from the Amherst Early Music directorship, Ms. Horst divides her time between buffing her nails, reading whodunits, and throwing bonbons to the poodle.