The Valley Chorus

Our Leaders . . Then and Now

Kevin F Doherty Jr is a musician and educator from Tioga Center NY, who has nurtured a lifelong love of singing by making it his career an a majority of his hobbies. He spends his days directing five choruses, giving voice lessons, and teaching general music, music technology and music theory at the Middle/High School in Waverly NY. As a performer, Kevin has sung and played in a variety of styes and musical situations, but one of his greatest joys has been performing with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the primary chorus for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops, with whom he has performed more than 120 times in venues around the world including Boston's Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall under the direction of some of the greatest conductors in the world. He is also active in the area as a tenor soloist, bass player, and drummer. Kevin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance from Binghamton University and a Master's Degree in Music Education from the Boston Conservatory. He is active in the world of contemporary a cappella music, acting as nominator and judge for the Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards, and as an adjudicator for the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, as well as their high school counterpart. Kevin also loves traveling, video games, and spending time outdoors biking, running, hiking and playing various sports. He lives in South Waverly PA with his incredible wife, Michelle, their three children, Aiden, Emma and Leyna, kitten, Kylo and puppy Cameron.



 Leslie Fagan, Accompanist. Leslie began her music career at the age of five. She studied with several instructors, including Kay Hooper from Susquehanna University and Dr Barry Hannigan at Bucknell University. Her accompanying career began early on in junior and senior high school and continued at Bucknell with the Bucknell Chorale. Upon graduation she moved to Ithaca NY and was hired as accompanist for the Ithaca Community Choir. Later, after moving to the Valley, she now plays for several local schools choirs, including Waverly, Sayre and Horseheads. Leslie also has performed in and accompanied the Waverly Summer Musical Theatre program, co-directed two Valley Community Theatre productions and is currently the accompanist for the Sayre High School Drama department for their music productions. She is also the music director for St James Church in Waverly NY. When not performing she enjoys cooking, gardening and reading a good book.

In 1986, arthur "Art" rae, founder of the valley chorus, produced and directed what has became the pinnacle of all valley chorus productions; his brilliant full-scale theatrical staging of "The sound of music". Art chose a highly energetic, youthful and extremely talented vocalist, debra patterson for the lead role as maria von trapp; and concert pianist larry w. Hoey to be his production accompanist. In 2014, this musical duo reunited to carry forth the torch art passed on to them so many years ago. There is no doubt under their leadership, the hills surrounding our beautiful valley will remain alive with the sound of music.


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