In 2016 Liana Valente was appointed as the NFMC Representative to the United Nations Department of Public Information. She has held a number of appointed positions throughout Federation including SE Regional Chair of Arts Advocacy, SE Regional chair and now chair of Music in Schools and Colleges and a member of the FAMA Board. She has also held offices in her states of Florida and Virginia. Liana is a former recipient of a FAMA grant and has judged the Martha Marcks Mack Junior Vocal Award.
Liana is Classical Voice Area Coordinator at Howard University and a professional singer specializing in the performance of new music. She has presented at state, regional, national and international conferences hosted by the College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, National Association of Teachers of Music, Sigma Alpha Iota and National Federation. While previous conference presentations have focused on music and performance topics, her research now focuses on quality of life issues for our aging population. In November 2017 she presented a paper at the 7th Annual Aging and Society Research Network Interdisciplinary Conference entitled, Quantifying the Abstract: Is There a Correlation Between Participating in Fine Arts Activities and Improved Quality of Life? And she has been invited to serve as a music specialist on a panel during the upcoming Music Cities Conference to be held in Lafayette, LA.
For six years Liana directed the SAI People-to-People Project which provides material assistance to musicians and organizations throughout the world. She oversaw fundraising efforts, worked with music store owners, and collaborated with shipping companies and NGOs to send materials to Haiti, India, Zambia and Canada as well as cities throughout the US. She is honored to now be serving as the Federation as Representative to the United Nations Department of Public Information.