Recently we sat down with Valley Chorale alto Dottie Trevor (pictured at left) to learn more about her life story and deep love of music.
Dottie Trevor was born into a music-loving family. She is the seventh of eight children and has been making music since the age of five! She grew up surrounded by siblings playing instruments and singing in school celebrations and at church. Over the years, Dottie has filled many churches with her voice — in fact, she has sung in church choirs since she was eight years old. And although quite at home singing sacred music, she loves light classical best of all.
In her travels around the world, singing has always been Dottie’s main love. In fact, she not only lived in Peru, but played Pitti Sing in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado performed with the Peruvian National Symphony Orchestra, and sang in the chorus of productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors and Brigadoon.
Dottie is a lifelong learner. A 1956 graduate of the State University of New York-Plattsburgh, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, and spent four years in the United States Air Force Nurse Corps, stationed in Italy and Spain, where she worked as a clinic nurse in American embassies. From there, Dottie went into pediatric nursing, which came in handy as a mother of four boys over the next 13 years. Later, Dottie returned to school at Marymount University in Arlington, VA, and obtained a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education in 1991. She later joined the faculty at Shenandoah University, teaching nursing, until retiring in 2014.
Dottie particularly enjoys singing to her 13 (!) grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren — and they sing to her, too. Other than grand- and great-grandchildren, her favorite duet partner is Perry Como. She and Perry have filled her various homes with countless radio- and record player duets over the years!
“Singing is my life!” exclaims Dottie. We are fortunate indeed to share in the enthusiasm and joy that she brings to the Valley Chorale.