Music in the House

“Music has a great power for bringing people together. With so many forces in this world acting to drive wedges between people, it’s important to preserve those things that help us experience our common humanity.”
— Ted Turner, Turner Broadcasting System.

Some of our guests are talented artists, writers, poets – and musicians. Our late co-founder Utah Phillips, for whom our building Utah’s Place is named, was himself a renowned folk singer and song maker who used to come to the shelter in the evenings to regale our guests with song. Many other fine musicians, too numerous to name, have followed Utah’s lead.

In recent news, as if donating hundreds of hours serving meals to HH guests weren’t enough, HH Volunteer Judy Olson gave her mother’s piano to Utah’s Place. In a brief musical ceremony on April 28, the piano was dedicated with performances by Paul Perry, maestro emeritus of Music in the Mountains, and Stan Zabka, music veteran of TV/Film. In accepting the donation for HH, development director Joanna Robinson said, “After all, what’s Utah’s Place without music?”

Soon, as part of our life skills and enrichment program, local singer, song writer, and guitar player Kelly Fleming will offer guitar lessons to our guests. Kelly has been performing in Nevada County and around the country for many years.

Many musicians from our Nevada County, and some from other places in the United States, have done benefits for Hospitality House. Notably, Mikail Graham’s annual Weekend of Giving ( has featured many hundreds of local performers over the years since 2006 when it began. Nevada County is blessed with remarkable musical talent in all genres, and Hospitality House reflects that blessing in countless ways.

“Doctors can heal the body, but it is music that uplifts the spirit.”
– Mother Teresa

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