Valerie Adams joined The Florida Orchestra in 1981. She received her education from Stetson University and the Conservatoire de Nice. Adams has performed with the Illinois Chamber Orchestra and the University of South Florida Chamber Players. In addition, she has appeared at the Lake George Opera Festival and Flagstaff Festival of the Arts. She has taught at the University of South Florida, the Sewanee Music Festival, the Brevard Music Center, the Tampa Bay Youth Orchestra, and Hillsborough Community College. During the summer, Adams takes part in the Lake George Opera Festival.