Welcome to Art Sanctuary! 

Valerie V. Gay, CFP

Prior to joining Art Sanctuary in July 2012, Ms. Gay was assistant dean of Institutional Advancement for the College of Education at Temple University, where she was responsible for directing community building, fund-raising, and alumni activities for nearly 40,000 alumni at the College. Prior to joining Temple University in 2004, Ms. Gay was Vice President and Portfolio Manager at PNC Financial Services. Ms. Gay continues to be a frequent speaker on various investment topics. Additionally, she has written articles concerning women and investing for regional and national publications, has appeared on television newscasts and radio broadcasts speaking on investment topics, and since 2003 has facilitated a series of financial empowerment classes in partnership with the Urban League of Philadelphia.

In addition to serving as vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Ms. Gay was named one of Philadelphia’s “Most Influential African Americans” and “101 Connector Leaders”, and serves on Board of Directors for both the Marian Anderson Award and the Blues Babe Foundation, is a Trustee for the Concerto Project of New York, and is a 2006 Leadership Philadelphia alumna.  Previous civic engagement includes serving as Chair of the Board of Directors for WOMENS WAY of Philadelphia, Trustee of the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, a member of the Advisory Council for the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, and member of the Education Committee for the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

An accomplished singer, Ms. Gay’s performing repertoire includes singing in operas, musical theater, solo concert recitals and conducting ensembles in special events across the Philadelphia region as well as nationally and internationally.  Ms. Gay is hailed as a soprano whose voice is capable of a wide variety of styles and genres.   Ms. Gay especially enjoys presenting recitals that feature lesser-known composers, especially women and composers of color.  Some of her recent performing highlights include being featured in the 2008 world premier and the 2011 preview of Hannibal Lokumbe’s A Shepherd Among Us and Can You Hear God Crying, respectively.  Ms. Gay was also awarded the first place prize with the Summit  City Art Song Festival Competition, presented in concert by Dr. Bill Cosby, and sang the role of Madame Goldentrill in Mozart’s opera The Impresario with the Poor Richard’s Opera Company.  Since 2000, she has served as music director and pianist for choirs at Bible Way Baptist Church and since 2010 at Metropolitan Baptist Church, both in Philadelphia. She also served for 6 years as music director and conductor of the Holiday Choir and Band of PNC Advisers in Philadelphia. In 2006, Ms. Gay founded Fortress Arts Academy, which provides experiential access to music, for children and adults, especially those in lower economic areas.

Holding a Master of Music and Professional Studies Certificate from Temple University and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of the Arts, Ms. Gay has completed degree course work at Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, holds a German language certificate from Goethe Institute, Germany and has achieved the professional designation of Certified Financial Planner.

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