Brass Boot Camp Project Director
Ms. Patton is a member of the Board of Directors - Friends of the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras (FLVYO) the 501(c)3 Non-Profit which manages and supports the youth orchestra program. With the LVYO for over 18 years, she was appointed in 2009, by the Board of Directors to the position of Executive Director, LVYO. Her position serves to provide program consistency over all four groups, direction & leadership in strategic planning and development.
Originally from Hawaii and a graduate of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, Ms.Patton holds a B.A. degree in French & Psychology and a TEFL/ESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) degree from The American University in Washington, D.C. She has lived abroad in Senegal, Bangladesh, and France. Her past careers have been in the steel industry as Marketer/Purchaser, and in the airline industry as Operations Manager of Inflight, Ground Services & Reservations.
After retiring from those professions to raise three children, she became actively involved in their music education. Ms. Patton has been a proactive force as a youth arts advocate with her efforts in bridging youths, parents & community with arts programs. During her leadership as Board President, she created a solid base of support and vision for the youth orchestra program.
The Youth Philharmonic's 2008 Inaugural Tour to Salzburg, Vienna and Prague, and the successful June 2011 Tour to China are benchmarks she helped establish, in LVYO's history. Ms. Patton is the Project Director of this season's Brass Boot Camp. It is LVYO's first summer camp, designed to develop young emerging brass musicians through teachings from masters of the art, Sam Pilafian & J.D. Shaw.
Her other affiliations include: Clark County School District Curriculum Commissioner, Las Vegas Academy Parent Advisory Committee, CCSD Parent Engagement Forum for Deputy Superintendent, Pedro Martinez, and the CCSD School Name Committee. Ms. Patton represents the LVYO in The Smith Center for the Performing Arts' initiative with the "Any Given Child" project, an innovative cultural arts prototype launched by The Kennedy Center, to build healthy American Communities.