Distinguished vocal artistry combined with superior musical preparation defines the American mastery of Dr. Valerie Francis. University-educated at New Orleans and Oklahoma universities, namely, Dillard University, the University of New Orleans and the University of Oklahoma where she received her Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees, respectively. Dr. Francis also attended the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Dr. Francis has been very fortunate to study in the distinguished studios of Mr. S. Carver Davenport (Dillard), Dr. Raquel Cortina (UNO) and the late Dr. Thomas DeVore Carey (OU) University of New Orleans. In 1994, she won the District Auditions and placed first in the regional auditions of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, where she represented the Gulf Coast Region at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center in New York City.