You are cordially invited to the Valley Symphony Orchestra’s annual gala event. DIVAS OF THE SYMPHONY will honor our long-time friends, patrons, and champions of the Valley Symphony Orchestra, Medardo M. and Debra Pérez as the 2019 Cultural Leaders of the Year. This year’s Gala will take place in the Ballroom of the McAllen Convention Center on Thursday, February 7, 2019.  All proceeds raised that evening will benefit Valley Symphony Orchestra music and education programs.


The Valley Symphony Orchestra will honor our long-time friends, patrons, and champions, Medardo M. and Debra Pérez as the 2019 Cultural Leaders of the Year.  For more than 35 years, Medardo “Matt” and Debra Pérez have brought music to life in South Texas.


Matt says, “As pianists, music educators and retailers, everything we do at Valley Keyboards is inspired by our love for music, our passion for music education, and our devotion to expand the music and arts culture in our community.  We believe that each and every one of us has the capacity to play and enjoy music. At any age, at any level, making music truly can enhance the quality of life.” 


Debra Pérez serves as Director of Music Education for Valley Keyboards. She is nationally recognized as a group piano specialist, curriculum developer, clinician and music mentor.  Her speaking credits include engagements at the Music Teachers National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and more.  Debra has co-authored three beginner piano programs for a variety of ages and her books are being used in studios and schools throughout the country.


“I passionately believe that every child should receive a music and arts education,” says Debra. “Music should not be considered a luxury, but rather a necessity. A music education is one of the most valuable and enduring gifts we can give a child.”


Matt and Debra will be honored in a ceremony at the 2019 Valley Symphony Orchestra “Divas of the Symphony” Gala.

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The Valley Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to

engage, inspire and educate through excellence in the live performances of great music.

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