Valley Chorus 65:
Singing the American Experience
Anniversaries are a wonderful time for reflection. As the Valley Chorus turns 65 years old in 2020, we have a special Spring concert program that will be loved by all.
Join us for a celebration of American history and Valley Chorus history. We will explore the story of our land and our people through song, from Yankee Doodle and the Ride of Paul Revere through the 20th century, and the fight for civil rights.
The Valley Chorus is always looking for new singers to join us.
If you live in the twin tiers region of New York and Pennsylvania, and love to sing, then we think you will be a perfect fit. There is no audition to join. We are a welcoming group, open to all.
Rehearsals are Monday evening at Waverly High School. You will find a group of people who love getting together to make great music and great friendships.
To learn more about joining The Valley Chorus, email us
This concert was so much fun Every song was just beautiful in my opinion! I feel so blessed that I have been part of such a loving tight knit a talented group of singers!
-comment from a long-time member
Established in 1955, The Valley Chorus is a non-profit music association comprised of non-professional singers assembled for the purpose of performing a wide variety of musical repertoire celebrating all genres, styles and cultures of vocal literature while providing an educational opportunity for its members to develop proper vocal skills and perform in vocal concert settings.
Kevin F. Doherty, Jr. Musical Director
Kevin Doherty is a musician and educator from Tioga Center, NY, who has nurtured a lifelong love of singing by making it his career and many of his hobbies. He spends his days directing five choruses, giving voice lessons, and teaching general music, music technology, and media at the Middle/High School in Waverly, NY.
As a performer, Kevin has sung and played in a variety of styles and musical situations, but one of his greatest joys was performing with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the primary chorus for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops. Over his 12 years in the group he 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. Kevin now sings as a member of the Southern Tier Singer’s Collective, our region’s new professional chamber choir. He is also active in the twin tiers 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 an adjudicator for the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. He conducted his first All-County Choral Festival in 2017.
Kevin also loves travelling, video games, and spending time outdoors biking, running, hiking, camping, and playing various sports. He lives in South Waverly, PA with his incredible wife, Michelle, their three wonderful children, Aiden, Emma, and Leyna, a dog, two cats, and a ferret.
Leslie Damiano, 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 school choirs, including Waverly, Sayre, and Horseheads.
Leslie also has performed in and accompanied the Waverly Summer Musical Theater program, Co-directed two Valley Community Theater productions and is currently the accompanist for the Sayre High School Drama department for their musical 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.
Chorus President: Kyle Burns
Vice President - Jon Liechty
Secretary - Gloria Ciavardini
Treasurer - Liz Fice
Librarian - Gloria Ciavardini, Gretchen Rentschler, Cheryl Gordon
Grant Writing Committee: Jenn Magnussen
Public Relations Representative: Marcy Roberts
Nominating Committee: Jim Craig, Gary Miller, Stephani Murphy
Publicity Committee: Stephani Murphy
Program Advertising Committee: Stephani Murphy
Printed Program/Posters/Tickets: Kyle Burns, Staphani Murphy
Decorating Committee: Stephani Murphy