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Sing Out Loud Therapeutic Chorus for people with Parkinson’s Disease
Developed as a collaboration between Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Center for Parkinson’s Disease, Guild Hall, and the American Parkinson Disease Association, Sing Out Loud (SOL) is a therapeutic chorus designed specifically for people living with Parkinson’s Disease and their care partners.
As featured on News 12, Southampton Press, East Hampton Star, and The Independent, this fun, 8-week workshop is led by Valerie diLorenzo, award-winning Vocalist and Teaching Artist, with accompaniment by Amanda Jones, Director of Music Education for South Fork Performing Arts Inc. The program includes voice and breathing exercises, while focusing on singing and the joy of coming together to celebrate music and one another. No prior singing experience required!
Valerie diLorenzo, a native New Yorker and Sag Harbor resident, is always thrilled to return to Guild Hall; audiences may remember her from the Jerry Herman and Kander & Ebb revues. She is especially thrilled to be reuniting with her longtime pals and colleagues tonight, who all know each other from Westchester theatre days. Valerie most recently originated the role of Elizabeth and Madame Bertin in the reading of the new musical Unlikely Allies (by Martin Rabbett), alongside Mr. Richard Chamberlin and Ms. Cowan. She also originated the roles of: Texas Guinan in Jenny & Me - The History of Sardi’s at the York Theatre/NYC; the role of Ginger in And I Always Will, a new play by Diana Canova at the Westport Playhouse and The Mother in the musical, ECO (by Jenna Mate) here at Guild Hall and NYMF.
An award-winning vocalist, Valerie’s one-woman shows have been defined as “…a seamless venture of magic in the making.” Her voice and showmanship have been critically acclaimed for presenting interesting and exciting musical events that have played many NYC and East Coast venues including at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Metropolitan Room, The Triad, Judy's, Tatou, Don't Tell Mama's, The Duplex, The Iridium, Mohonk Mountain House, Caramoor Center for the Arts, Odettes and Frangelica’s (PA), The Broward Theatre and Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (FL).
Valerie is also a proud card-carrying remember of the Actors Equity Association - favorite theatrical credits include: Rose in Gypsy, Mrs. Johnstone in Bloodbrothers, Sheila in A Chorus Line, Nancy in Oliver!, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Stella Deems in Follies, Marta in Company, Miss Mona in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Sweet Sue in Sugar, and Bunny in The House of Blue Leaves.
No stranger to the stages of the East End, Valerie has brought the Great American Songbook to the stages of the Southampton Arts Center, The Suffolk Theatre, Westhampton Beach PAC, Westhampton Beach Gazebo, and Agawam Park, among others.
Amanda Jones grew up in East Hampton. She holds a degree in music education from Messiah College. She taught choral music at the East Hampton UFSD before beginning her family. Now she accompanies and musically directs for a wide variety of east end programs including (but not limited to) Stages: A Children’s Theatre Workshop Inc (accompanist); The Southampton Cultural Arts Center Center Stage (musical director); area school districts’ musical theatre programs and choral programs (as musical director and accompanist). She also has her own company for theatre education, The South Fork Performing Arts Inc, whose mission it is to bring quality educational programming in the performing arts to students out here on the east end of Long Island. When she isn't busy working as a musician and private music teacher, she is a wife to an amazing man and a mother to 3 wonderful boys.