Harriette Walters Award


Peggy DiSunno is a past Regional Team Coordinator where she ran tight, orderly, productive meetings – always prepared with a comprehensive agenda, giving everyone their say in-turn, working toward the necessary consensus, staying on-task, and delineating clear accountabilities.

Since leaving the RMT, Peggy continues to serve the Region on the Nominating Committee, where she encourages and fields nominations for future regional leaders from the general membership, and diligently prepares the necessary documents.  An essential part of this job is recognizing leadership potential in members who may not recognize it in themselves, and encouraging them to consider serving as a Regional leader, and Peggy is that gentle voice.

Peggy generously shares with the Region skills developed in her professional life as a teacher, President of the Teacher’s Union, and a

professional Music Teacher Mentor.  She is a Sweet

Adelines International Certified Director, having directed the Long Island Sound Chorus since 2003.

LIS chorus members say that Peggy is still a teacher, involving the chorus in leadership training, development of core values, and goal-setting.  According to her bio on the LIS website, she embodies personal commitment, fun, fairness, excitement, and a pursuit of excellence.

Even Region 15 members who do not know her personally can feel Peggy’s love for the Region if they have ever sung under her direction at a mass sing or when she has had the opportunity to teach and direct one of the ‘regional choruses’ at VocalFest.

Peggy does not seek the spotlight.  Like the great teacher she is, she seems to derive great joy through the nurturing of leadership potential she sees in others.  For that, Peggy DiSunno is the recipient of the 2013 Harriette Walters Leadership Award.