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Patricia Thornton Hayes Recognized for Excellence in Music Education

Ms. Hayes is the composer of the song “We’re Supporting You All the Way”

CHESAPEAKE, VA, January 4, 2019, Patricia Thornton Hayes is a distinguished biographee of Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are chosen from among a pool of the most prominent professionals and are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Celebrating a career that spanned over 45 years, Ms. Hayes is currently retired, having most recently served as a specialist of music at the Portsmouth Diagnostic Center in Virginia from 1993 to 2005. She also spent over two decades as the choral and orchestra director for the Portsmouth City Schools. Also holding a considerable tenure as a music director, she worked in that capacity with the Meadowbrook Elementary School, Bayview Elementary School, Suburban Park Elementary School, Campostella Elementary School, Shelton Park Elementary School and Clendenin High School. Ms. Hayes also served as a teacher of music and special education at the Mount Zion Elementary School.

Firmly believing that music is an important aspect of education that should be taught in schools, Ms. Hayes has contributed her skills to a number of other professional endeavors. A judge for the Doris Sahr Memorial Piano Competition, she has also acted as the director of music programs and music festivals for the city of Chesapeake. She has also served as the director of school theater productions and has played organ at churches, weddings and receptions. Notably, Ms. Hayes has been involved with the Historic St. Luke’s Church & Museum since 2006.

An active member of the Neat Method’s Neat Summit, the Portsmouth Concert Association and the Tidewater Concert Band, Ms. Hayes previously belonged to the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra, the All State College Chorus and Orchestra at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology, and the Charleston Light Opera Guild. Having been the choral director for a number of organizations as well, she has been an accompanist with The Singing Beaz since 2007 and composed the piece “We’re Supporting You All the Way” in 1991. Outside of her professional path, Ms. Hayes has spent time as a volunteer with the Beazley Foundation, Inc., in Portsmouth and was previously affiliated with the Portsmouth Police Department from 1996 to 2001.

Cultivating a love of music since she was a young girl, Ms. Hayes pursued an education at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1956. After accruing experience in her field, she returned to her studies and obtained a Master of Science in special education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk. In an effort to remain up to date with developments in her field, Ms. Hayes has been affiliated with the Virginia Education Association, the American String Teachers Association, the National Association for Music Education and the Virginia Music Educators Association.

Also holding membership with the Virginia Retired Teachers Association and the Portsmouth Retired Teachers Association, Ms. Hayes received a number of honors and accolades over the course of her prestigious career. First receiving the Grand Cross of Color from the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls while she was still in school, she was the recipient of the Order of the Eastern Star in 1953 and a Proclamation Award from the Fine Arts Commission in Chesapeake from 1981 to 1989. She was also notably presented with an Outstanding Music Award from the Portsmouth City School Board in 1992. In light of all her accomplishments, she has previously been featured in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.