Walk down a white sandy beach on an island in the Gulf of Mexico and you might see Velma Frye there singing songs about the stars and the moon and the turtles. Velma’s music awakens the heart to a sense of place and community. In addition to the Florida Gulf coast, she has played piano and sung all over the US, including nine visits to Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and has performed in Russia and Europe. Her music, heard on six solo CDs, is sung in university and community choirs. Velma teaches piano, voice, and song-writing to 90 music students every week. She lives in Tallahassee and offers weekend retreats in other locations for the contemplative and exuberant use of the voice.