Patsy keeps her fiddle, her main instrument of choice, tucked in a side room. When she decides to surprise students with a performance, she bursts out into a hoedown in one of the two cafeterias.
“I love to play for the little kids. I love to see their smiling faces. It makes me feel good to give them a little smile,” says Voss.

Banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle — pretty much anything with strings, any instrument really, that Patsy Voss can get her hands on she can light up with a tune. All played by ear, the “Lord blesses me to do it,” says the Dogwood Elementary custodian.
Patsy lives in the school district and sent her daughter through Camdenton schools. Husband Mark — the “love of her life” — also works for the school in the maintenance department.
Janitoring for the Camdenton R-III School District is a job this lady enjoys; it’s one that allows her to whistle while she works, or more accurately sing and play in this case.
Patsy has long been a highlight of school lunch breaks at Dogwood.
Almost as soon as she started working for the school 11 years ago, she got permission to play during breaks. It’s one of the reasons she likes her job.
“I think as soon as I started, I found out it was ok to bring instruments to school. They [school officials] were all for it,” she says.
Patsy keeps her fiddle, her main instrument of choice, tucked in a side room. When she decides to surprise students with a performance, she bursts out into a hoedown in one of the two cafeterias.
“I love to play for the little kids. I love to see their smiling faces. It makes me feel good to give them a little smile,” says Voss.
A brief Facebook post about Patsy recently on the Dogwood account got several comments of love and appreciation from parents and others who know of Voss’ lunch time performances.
But it’s not just for the kids. Patsy sometimes plays for staff during breaks as well.
Once in awhile, she also brings her harmonica and holder to play while she pushes a broom. Singing most days is a given.
While she likes a good hoedown, Patsy says she most loves waltzes, hymns and “stuff that soothes your soul.”
However, she says, “I can’t read a lick of music, and it would probably just mess me up if I could.”
Instead, Patsy plays everything by ear.
“It’s just a natural thing. It just comes natural. I just pick it up and do it.”
Patsy is also a songwriter — “the Lord blesses me with songs,” as she puts it. When she plays or sings at school, her audience occasionally gets to hear one of these original pieces.
Her natural talent helped lead her to be part of Kinfolks Country Music Show in Camdenton from 1990 to 1993 and she still sometimes plays in fiddle contests.
According to Patsy, “music runs in my blood and in my family. I just don’t know how else to explain it.”
Let’s see.
Patsy’s mom sang and played guitar and piano, her father sang and played guitar. Her aunt, whom she’s named after, played the fiddle, and her cousin is a professional fiddle player.
It runs in the family indeed.
Patsy grew up playing instruments and singing in church. With her dad being a preacher, she says she “grew up in the Lord.”
It is to God that Patsy attributes her gift, calling it “just a part of me,” a talent and skill that she says brings her peace and to others also joy.
As one comment from the Dogwood Elementary Facebook page put it, “She is a true blessing.”