By Michelle Chapman
Pagosa Springs Instrumental Music Society
The Pagosa Springs Instrumental Music Society (PSIMS) will present their annual fall concert for free on Saturday, November 6 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Pagosa Springs High School.
Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door before and after the concert.
Our excellent local conductors and musicians perform for you free of charge. Our motivation is to raise funds and raise awareness to support local music education programs in our schools.
Pagosa Springs is fortunate to have music education programs in all of our public schools and in many of our private schools. Music education benefits us in many ways: brain development, math, language, physical coordination, rhythm, memory and more. Music opens doors for children.
Can you imagine what kind of life Bach or Mozart would have had if they hadn’t had music in their life? Or how different would our lives be without their beautiful music? It’s the world upside down.
Music is priceless, but providing quality music education costs money. For example, the cost of purchasing music for the high school program can reach $ 2,000 per year. Instrument repairs per year range from $ 3,000 to $ 4,000, depending on the instruments. Occasionally large percussion elements need to be replaced. Have you recently evaluated the price of a new marimba ($ 6,000)? Supplies should be kept on hand in case a student needs them at school. The expenses add up.
PSIMS provides funds to bridge the gap between what the school can provide and what would be best for the music education of our children. Our vision is “Music for Life”. Music education is one way to ensure that there will be generations of musicians in Pagosa Springs in the future. We believe that music adds to the quality of life for the whole community.