Patty's full bio

Type of post: Chorus Documentation
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Posted By: Cathi Salvatore
Status: Current
Date Posted: Tue, Nov 21 2023
Patty’s Full Bio

2009-Present     Musical Director of Pacific Empire Chorus
Chorus Director/Competitor:
2023      Region 12 Chorus Champions
2023,2019,2017,2015,2014          Region 12 Mid-Sized Chorus Champions   TBCHECKED
2019      Region 12 Chorus Champions
2022      International Chorus Competitor – Phoenix
2018      International Chorus Competitor – St. Louis
2015      International Harmony Classic – Las Vegas. 3rd Place International Mid-Sized Chorus
2012      International Harmony Classic – Denver. 2nd Place International Mid-Sized Chorus
2010 International Chorus Competitor – Seattle

Quartet Competitor:
2003      Baritone, Swinglish Mix – International Quartet Champions
Past President, Vice President, Marketing Chair, Sweet Adelines International, Coronet Club, Chorus of Quartet Champions

Patty has over 35 years of experience in Sweet Adelines as a singer, front row dancer, music team section leader, assistant director, and now over fourteen years as a front-line Director.  In 2009, Patty became the Musical Director for Pacific Empire Chorus, and her passionate, heartfelt love for our craft has guided our chorus forward steadily in our quest for excellence in performance art. PEC is the current Region 12 Chorus Champions.

Patty’s goal, along with her talented music team, is for PEC tat o sing at the highest level possible each year and because of that, PEC has continually achieved the highest honors in our division each regional contest since she took the helm in 2009.  We are enormously proud that PEC has been invited and has remained a regular contestant at the international level every few years.  PEC competed at the international level in 2010, 2012, 2015, 2018.  What should have been 2020 turned into 2022 because of pandemic cancellations.  In 2012, PEC placed second on the international stage in Denver and in 2015, PEC placed third on the international stage in Las Vegas in the Sweet Adelines International Harmony Classic they placed second and third overall mid-sized chorus in the world!

Patty grew up a barbershop brat in Kentucky where she fell in love with ringing barbershop chords.  She had a very musical family and always attended barbershop rehearsals and conventions with her father, Charlie Hawley, a member of the seven-time international men’s chorus champions, The Louisville Thoroughbreds.  Louisville also had many men’s championship quartets, so she feels she got her barbershop “chops” singing tags with the guys from quartets like Bluegrass Student Union, Interstate Rivals, Second Edition, Revival, The Harrington Brothers, Michigan Jake, Gas House Gang and more.

Patty joined Sweet Adelines in the early 80’s and her wholehearted participation has brought her on a long journey through success and vocal excellence to her position now as our director. The four girls of Swinglish Mix found each other hanging out and singing tags together in Louisville when two of the Growing Girls married two of the Second Edition.  Swinglish Mix started singing together in 1995 and won as Region 4 Quartet Champions in 1997.  They went on to compete as a long-distance quartet for six years at the international level all while they moved around the world, until they were crowned the 2003 Quartet Champions in the fall of 2002. They happily performed as friends traveling with their families all over the United States plus Canada, Sweden, and New Zealand for 15 years.  Among the four of them, not only did they compete for six years and win the International Quartet competition in 2003, but they also had ten children and released two CD’s during their time singing together, all while living on two different continents. They lived oceans apart but contributed their ability to stay together though email.  There was no Zoom back then.  When they finally were able to reconnect in person, it was sometimes only two or three times a year to ring chords during competition years.   Those live meetups fueled their desire to continue as a quartet.  Swinglish Mix enjoyed performing on the Coronet Club Show each year and eventually retired as a quartet because of the distance and “life.” 

For seven years, Patty served as the Marketing and PR Chair for the Coronet Club, an elite group of international quartet winners in our organization; as such she managed the art and advertising for the annual Coronet Club show at the annual SAI competition. Starting in 2012, she served as the Coronet Club Vice President, the event planner, and then in 2014, she became President for two years. Patty has sung in four different choruses, Derby City Chorus, Pride of Kentucky Chorus, Verdugo Hills Chorus in L.A., and Pacific Empire for the last eleven years. Patty says she is “enjoying the love and thrill of teaching and performing barbershop music along with these Northern California girls in such a fabulous Internation level chorus.”  Patty has also directed the Napa Valley Harmonizers (a men’s chorus) for over 10 years.

A Sweet Adeline Mom introduced Patty to her sone...they married. And Patty now lives in Napa with her fun wine salesman husband, David, and sweet daughter Carly, who recently joined the chorus at age 14. So, it is a family affair these days!