I believe that music is the universal language that brings everyone together, whether they are performing or in an audience, to experience peace and joy. Our world yearns and seeks out these qualities.
I grew up with an innate musical ability and appreciation. I sang throughout my childhood and adult life in school choruses, church choirs, a quartette, and plays in my local community. The camaraderie that I experienced in these groups formed the basis of much of my social life. I took it all for granted. Looking back, I try to imagine what my life would have been like without these musical experiences. Now, I realize that my life would have been missing from the key ingredient that enriched it. I cannot fathom what that like incompleteness would have been like.
Today, singing continues to change my life. My soul and mind are still enriched by music. I often need several hours or even an entire day to "come down" after a concert. I soak up the music I've heard and it permeates every thought and action until I ground myself back into reality. Once I have come down, I know that what I have heard has changed me forever in a wonderful way. Music calms me, encourages me, comforts me, and energizes me. Without it, my life would be totally different and my soul and mind unfulfilled.
I want to help the musically gifted to perform and change others' lives through song. By serving on boards and giving monetary gifts, I help to make sure that music, vocal and instrumental, never dies.
- Patricia Adsit, Heartland Board Member