How do you enjoy the Arts in your own life? I’ve spent nearly all my life engaged in the arts in some form. From childhood piano lessons (I came to them reluctantly!), to transcendent college music experiences (performances and friendships made because of the arts), to now experiencing the joy of seeing my own kids perform, I am grateful for all that arts has brought to my life, and want to make sure these experiences are available to everyone in my community.
Why support the Arts? Music, theater, and the visual arts are things that you can participate in for a lifetime. These art forms allow disparate groups to find common ground, enjoyment, and unity.
Patrick Lytle’s interest in the Arts started at a very young age when his mom decided he was going to take piano lessons. Since then, some of his most rewarding experiences have come through participation in music. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Hastings College, and was very active in the college’s chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national professional music fraternity.
A major highlight included performing in Japan with the Hastings College Concert Choir. He also served on the school’s Artist Lecture Series committee and continued his involvement in graduate school at Oklahoma State University on the Allied Arts Committee. As part of OSU’s chamber choir, he attended the National Choral Director Association (NCDA) conference, and had the opportunity to meet and premiere a work by Gian Carlo Menotti.
Since moving to the Madison area, Patrick has remained active in the Arts and volunteering, including Verona Area Community Theater, church choir, Habitat for Humanity, United Way account executive, Verona Comprehensive Plan Committee, and the Verona Plan Commission.