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Maestro Lewis Dalvit

Lewis and Patricia Dalvit

Founder and Co-Artistic Director, St. Andrews Arts Council

Lewis Dalvit, (seen here with his late wife Pat) a Pierre Monteux protégé, founded the St. Andrews Arts Council and Summer School for the Performing Arts in 1986.

Maestro Dalvit has conducted extensively in Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Mexico, Central America and the US, including at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Under his baton have appeared world-renowned performing artists Leontyne Price, Van Cliburn, Roberta Peters, Maureen Forester, Robert Merrill, Jan Peerce, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gary Graffman, Anna Moffo, Lili Kraus, Grant Johannesen, Gary Karr, Loren Hollander, Benny Goodman, Chet Atkins, Carlos Montoya, Vincent Price, Jack Benny, Doc Severinson, Dinah Shore, Ella Fitzgerald, Jose Ferrer, Peter Schickele/P.D.Q. Bach and the entire cast of Sesame Street.

Lewis Dalvit

Maestro Dalvit has conducted numerous orchestras including the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (Miss.), Johnson City Symphony (Tenn.), and currently, the Eastern Tennessee Regional Orchestra. He was chosen to conduct the premier American tours for Russian defectors Valery and Galina Panov, and tours with the dancers of the New York City Ballet Company under the direction of Peter Martins.

Maestro Dalvit’s innovational and educational programs for children have been recognized by the United States Congress, the Government of New Brunswick Canada and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2006, Mr. Dalvit and Dr. Laurie Glencross of Millikin University (Decatur, Ill.), inaugurated the St. Andrews Arts Council/International Global Studies Campus.

Dalvit  has had a long and eventful career. Here are just a few of the superstars he has worked with throughout his career.

Doc Severinson, pop and jazz trumpeter best known for leading the NBC Orchestra on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Doc Severinson, pop and jazz trumpeter best known for leading the NBC Orchestra on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Val Cliburn, pianist (with Pat Dalvit)
Val Cliburn, pianist (with Pat Dalvit)
Mikhail Baryshnikov, dancer
Mikhail Baryshnikov, dancer
Dinah Shore, singer, actress, tv personality
Dinah Shore, singer, actress, tv personality
Jack Benny, comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television, and film actor, and violinist
Jack Benny, comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television, and film actor, and violinist
Benny Goodman, jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader
Benny Goodman, jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader
Ella Fitzgerald, jazz vocalist
Ella Fitzgerald, jazz vocalist
Vincent Price, actor
Vincent Price, actor
Big Bird, character on the children’s television show Sesame Street.
Big Bird, character on the children’s television show Sesame Street.
Oscar the Grouch, character on the children’s television show Sesame Street.
Oscar the Grouch, character on the children’s television show Sesame Street.
Jean Madeira, singer & Paul Creston, composer
Jean Madeira, singer & Paul Creston, composer
Eudora Welty, author
Eudora Welty, author
Eugene Fodor, violinist
Eugene Fodor, violinist