Amy Patterson

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Amy Patterson
Amelia Cabeza de Pelayo Patterson

(1912-07-16)16 July 1912
Died28 December 2019(2019-12-28) (aged 107)
  • composer
  • singer
  • poet
  • teacher
Years active1930–2019
SpouseGuillermo Pelayo Paterson

Amelia Cabeza de Pelayo Patterson (16 July 1912 – 28 December 2019)[1] was an Argentine composer, singer, poet, and teacher responsible for writing the anthem of the Province of Salta.[2] She was very popular in Argentina, and much of her music received state approval from the Ministry of Education of Argentina.[3]


Patterson was born in San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán Province, but at a young age her family moved to Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires.[1] There, she learned how to play the violin and the piano, through private lessons.[1]

After finishing high school, Patterson attended the Clementi Music School[1] and graduated three years later as a music teacher specializing in the violin, according to the diploma awarded her by Argentina's Ministry of Education. She went on to study classical singing with a private tutor for seven years.[4]

In 1946, Patterson found work as a music teacher at the Zorrilla, Alberdi and Peter Pan music schools, but resigned for personal reasons four years later. When she resigned from the Peter Pan school, she was given a gold medal for writing a version of The Adventures of Peter Pan, which had been presented twice consecutively at the Victoria Theater in Salta and at the Miter Theaters in San Salvador de Jujuy and San Miguel de Tucumán. Over the next decade, she would herself become a private tutor for the piano, violin, guitar, and singing. She was the Director of the Polyphonic Choir of Salta, which in 1962 gave 14 public and radio recitals.[4]

She turned 100 in July 2012.[5] Patterson died on 28 December 2019 at the age of 107.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c d "Fallece en Salta a los 107 años de edad la eximia artista Amy Patterson" [The former artist Amy Patterson dies in Salta at 107 years old]. Noticias Iruya (in Spanish). 29 December 2019. Archived from the original on 9 November 2022. Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Con 104 años Amy Patterson dice: "En la vida sin amor no hay nada"". El Trinuno (in Spanish). 29 June 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  3. ^ Di Giulio, José Argentino. "Amy Paterson". Portal Informativo de Salta (in Spanish). Argentina Government. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b ""Ovejero entregó el Mérito Artístico a Amy Patterson" Secretaría de cultura de Salta" [Ovejero presented the Artistic Merit to Amy Patterson]. Secretary of Culture (in Spanish). Province of Salta. 18 December 2012. Archived from the original on 6 March 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  5. ^ Petrini, Carmen (23 July 2017). "La talentosa Amy Patterson cumplió 105 años" [The talented Amy Patterson turned 105]. El Tribuno (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 8 May 2021. Retrieved 24 January 2024.
  6. ^ "Se apagó una luz centenaria de la cultura" [A centuries-old light of culture was extinguished]. El Tribuno (in Spanish). 29 December 2019. Archived from the original on 29 December 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Murio Amelia Cabeza de Pelayo Patterson" [Amelia Cabeza de Pelayo Patterson died]. FM Fleming Magazine (in Spanish). 29 December 2019. Archived from the original on 6 February 2023. Retrieved 24 January 2024.