By Michelle Chapman
Pagosa Springs Instrumental Music Society
The Pagosa Springs Instrumental Music Society (PSIMS) will perform its annual Fall Concert on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium free of charge.
Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door before and after the concert.
Our excellent local conductors and musicians perform for you for free. Our motivation is to raise money and awareness to support local music education programs in our schools.
Pagosa Springs is fortunate to have musical education programs at all of our public and many of our private schools. Music education benefits us in so many ways — brain development, math, language, physical coordination, rhythm, memory and much more. Music opens doors for children.
Can you imagine what kind of life Bach or Mozart would have had if they did not have music in their lives? Or how different our lives would be without their beautiful music? It is incomprehensible.
Music is priceless, but it does cost money to put on quality music education. For instance, the cost to purchase music for the high school program can run $2,000 per year. Instrument repairs per year range from $3,000 to $4,000, depending on the instruments. Occasionally, large percussion items need to be replaced. Have you priced a new marimba lately ($6,000)? Supplies need to be kept on hand in case a student needs them at school. Expenses add up.
PSIMS provides funding to fill the gap between what the school can provide and what would be best for our children’s music education. Our vision is “Music for Life.” Music education is one way to ensure that there will be generations of musicians in Pagosa Springs on into the future. We believe that music adds to the quality of life for the whole community.