BettyAshton is very passionate about her music, and so grateful when her recipients feel enough to share a few words about their experience.
Betty-Ashton Mayo is a very special and gifted person and harpist! I’ve known her for several years in the context of her providing beautiful harp music on medical units at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She has also played for our Blessing of Hands in the chapel, Christmas Eve service, and annual memorial service.
Henri Nouwen once wrote, “Just as a whole world of beauty can be discovered in one flower, so the great grace of God can be tasted in one small moment.” Betty-Ashton brings the great grace of God to the ears and hearts of our patients, families, and staff every time she comes our way. Within just a few moments of receiving the gift of her incredible music, people feel encouraged and loved. . . and their spirits are lifted. She lightens burdens and brings moments of hope through her spirit and through her music. She is a special gift.
Part of the wonderful tradition of our annual Memorial Service to honor the
memory of our children is the soothing music provided by BettyAshton Mayo.
Her meaningful performance is the perfect compliment to the pictures,
readings, and candlelighting that makes this gathering a “can’t miss” event
for our bereaved parents.
I was blessed to listen to BettyAshton play at a weekend retreat event. Listening to her play the harp is truly an experience, an invitation to engage in a way that only beautiful music offers. She has a powerful way of expressing emotion through music and drawing listeners into that journey. Her talent is evident, her music is heartfelt, and her understanding of how to bless others by playing the harp is priceless.
Betty Ashton played the harp during our wedding ceremony and we could not have had a better experience. Her music was such a highlight for us, and our guests, and made the ceremony so much more unique and memorable. Many of our family members and friends mentioned how special it was to have a harpist there, and how much they enjoyed the beautiful music and getting to watch her play so beautifully. Working with Betty Ashton was a wonderful experience from start to finish. She was professional and timely. It was like she just magically appeared (early!) and was ready to go. It was so nice to have one less thing to worry about, and someone who knows exactly what to do and how to do it because of her vast experience. She met with us beforehand and helped us pick out our ceremony music by really listening to what we wanted and offering suggestions. She even made recommendations for the other instruments. Looking back, we are so thankful we had Betty Ashton play for our wedding… It really added so much to the day, and set a reverent and exciting tone for the whole event! She is a true artist – a lovely addition to any special event.
As a harpist who had never tried to write my own music, I felt hesitant to join more experienced harpists in the master class offered by Betty Ashton. Thanks to her wonderful encouragement and very capable teaching techniques, I not only took the master class, but continue to use so much of what I learned that day. Creating and sharing music on my harp is one of the greatest joys in my life, thanks to Betty Ashton.
Betty Ashton was excellent to work with when planning our wedding ceremony. She listened to our vision of what we would like for our ceremony to be and provided recommendations for music that she felt would sound best in our environment and reflect our desires. She is very professional in her work and provided the exact experience and setting that we had envisioned.