Thank You Valerie Lee!
by Guest Contribution
May 18, 2020
Having successfully navigated a virtual Spring Festival this weekend, many of us in Sublette County wanted to extend a HUGE thank you to Valerie Lee for her visionary leadership in bringing unique musical experiences to so many of us over the past many years.
- First it was her commitment to musical theater that brought us the newly coined Pinedale Theatre Company with its premier of The Sound of Music and now six magnificent productions later, we are still reeling from Beauty and the Beast.
- From her commitment of teaching Latin to those theatrical nuns singing Dixit Dominus, her passion and leadership for singing with this group of women transformed into a hospice choir, Sisters of the Heart, where respite can still be found in singing at the bedside of the sick and dying.
- Seeing the depth of musical expertise in the community, her desire to push individual vocalists to perform and enhance their skills beyond the theater, found a place in the amazing group Voices 8, in what is described as "a consortium of soloists dedicated to ensemble singing, performing house concerts to raise money for the arts". They have raised money for Pinedale Fine Arts, the Pinedale Community Choir and the Skyline Theater Project. You might want to book them for your Christmas Party this December!
- Val coined the liaison of Arts Supporting Arts after she sang several seasons with Cathedral Voices in Jackson and without this connection with Pinedale Festival Choir, Pinedale High School’s Petrichoral and Voices 8, the 70 voices of this weekend’s virtual choir would not have happened.
Valerie, THANK YOU for your thousands of hours of volunteering your time and vision to all of us who love to sing for and with you! You create. You push. You encourage. You cheer us on. We love you!
The Pinedale Festival Choir Members
The Pinedale Theatre Company Performers
Sisters of the Heart