Originally from Santa Clarita, California, Gabrielle Valladares is a DMA student focusing on clarinet performance. She earned her bachelor's degree in clarinet performance from the University of California–Santa Barbara, studying with Paul Bambach. With her collaborator at UC, she won local chamber music competitions and was invited to perform at the Musicale event in Montecito, CA for department donors. She received her master's degree in clarinet performance at Ohio State, studying with Dr. Caroline Hartig. She served as graduate associate and president of Clarinetwork Ensemble, Ohio State's clarinet-based performance ensemble. She has performed in Salzburg, Austria and Cividale del Friuli for the Heart of Europe tour and for the Corsi Internazionale di Perfezionamento Musicale festival. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree with Dr. Hartig and is a graduate teaching associate for the History of Rock 'n' Roll course at Ohio State.