Patricia Daly Vance has performed as a violist with the Hartford Symphony for 30 years. She has served as Orchestra Committee Chair and Musician Representative to the HSO Board. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Eastman School of Music, and received her Master’s in Viola Performance at the Juilliard School, where she was awarded a full scholarship as a student of Lillian Fuchs.
She was a member of the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Tanglewood Fellowship Orchestra. She has performed under the baton of Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Seiji Ozawa, and Erich Leinsdorf. As a symphony musician, she has performed with many of the world’s finest musicians, including Rudolf Serkin, Rostropovich, Midori, Andre Watts, and many others.
Patricia studied chamber music with Claus Adam, Arthur Balsam, and Gunther Schuller. She is the co-founder of the Farmington Chamber Players and the Norfolk Chamber Players. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed performing chamber music with her musical friends and colleagues.
She has taught in the public school string programs in Farmington, West Hartford, and Simsbury. While teaching in Norfolk, Patricia founded a new string program, which was then voted into the town budget and is still thriving. For the past five years, she has been the Director of the Hartford Magnet Middle School Orchestra, where she has established a new string program combining inner city and suburban students.
Patricia moved to Norfolk, Connecticut in 1995 and for two years she was the Executive Director of Chorus Angelicus. She served for many years on the Battell Foundation, a non-profit board that provides opportunities for participation in the arts. In 2008, she established The Norfolk Summer Program for Music and Theater, which brought Hartford students to Norfolk for two weeks of fresh air and fun.