Welcome to the RIT Music Program
RIT Concert Band: From Italy to America, The Italian Diaspora in the music of Samuel J. Porcelli
Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture
|Meet Dr. Jenny VälitaloDirector of RIT Orchestra and Visiting Lecturer||
What is your background? I was born in northern Sweden, in a small town above the arctic circle. I love snow and actually learned to ski before I could walk. I might be the happiest person on campus during winter! I came to the U.S. in 2004 as a Fulbright scholar and have enjoyed living and working in Boston and Rochester. My musical career began in church choir at age 4. I have since performed on five continents and taught music classes in 24 countries. My community work and involvement with organizations promoting education and cultural exchange have allowed me opportunities to share the joy of music while fostering social and academic growth for children and youth in developing countries as well as urban settings.