Lewis and Patricia Dalvit

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

Lewis Dalvit (seen here with his late wife Patricia), 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.

Lewis Dalvit and Doc Severinson,
Doc Severinson, pop and jazz trumpeter best known for leading the NBC Orchestra on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Lewis Dalvit and Val Cliburn
Val Cliburn, pianist (with Pat Dalvit)

Lewis Dalvit and Mikhail Baryshnikov
Mikhail Baryshnikov, dancer

Lewis Dalvit and Dinah Shore
Dinah Shore, singer, actress, tv personality

Lewis Dalvit and Jack Benny
Jack Benny, comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television, and film actor, and violinist

Lewis Dalvit and Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman, jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader

Lewis Dalvit and Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald, jazz vocalist

Lewis Dalvit and Vincent Price
Vincent Price, actor

Lewis Dalvit and Big Bird
Big Bird, character on the children’s television show Sesame Street.

Lewis Dalvit and Oscar the Grouch
Oscar the Grouch, character on the children’s television show Sesame Street.

Lewis Dalvit and Jean Madeira, singer & Paul Creston, composer
Jean Madeira, singer & Paul Creston, composer

Lewis Dalvit and Eudora Welty
Eudora Welty, author

Lewis Dalvit and Eugene Fodor
Eugene Fodor, violinist