November 3 – Happy Birthday Pat Valiante

Pat with her husband Frank
Pat with her husband Frank

Members of the Amsterdam High School choral groups for the 2015 school year were doing something that had not been done at the school in over 30 years. They were singing in a group that wasn’t being directed by longtime music instructor Pat Valiante. During those three decades, Valiante reinvigorated a program that had fallen on hard times and completely reshaped it. She recruited tirelessly and slowly but surely created a musical environment and tradition that talented young AHS singers again wanted to become part of. She challenged their abilities with more and more difficult music and practiced them hard but she rewarded them too…

You can read the rest of my story about this native Amsterdam educator in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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