The concepts for Arts Awareness came out of the Dr. Hoy’s lifetime of performing, teaching, and administering in the arts. As an accomplished musician, Dr. Patricia Hoy speaks about the importance of the arts in relation to the changes, opportunities, and possibilities that are now central to thriving in the 21st century. As an artist, educator, and administrator for more than 30 years, she considers the principles of creating art, and the lessons and insight that learning provides, as an integral part of a strong educational foundation.
Patricia graduated from the University of Redlands with Bachelor and Master’s degrees in woodwind performance and from the University of Arizona with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting. As a free-lance woodwind doubler for nearly thirty years she performed a widely varied repertoire of classical solo, chamber, and orchestral music, as well as jazz, musical theater, and pop. As a conductor for more than 20 years, her work is equally as varied—leading wind ensembles, orchestras, musical theater, and ballet. While she continued to perform, she taught high school instrumental music for eight years before moving to higher education in 1985. She moved quickly through the system to tenured professor, accepting several administrative assignments along the way, and finally assuming a role as a full-time higher education administrator. As an administrator, she has had success in galvanizing large numbers of people in organizations to work toward common goals and break down barriers that have limited them for years. Her greatest strength is to imagine the possibilities and create the momentum to realize full potential using many of the principles based on her Arts Awareness concepts.
Her book is titled Arts Awareness to present the basic concepts of the worldview perspective that came from her arts experiences. Future books will flow from the creative consciousness of these basic concepts.