Barbary Grant's Homeschool Choirs are non-sectarian, non-audition choirs for homeschooled children between the ages of five and sixteen. Originally founded as the Palo Alto Homeschool Choir in 1997 by Julia Simon, the baton passed to "Mrs. Barbary" in the spring of 2003. In 2006 she relocated the choir to a larger venue and renamed it the Portola Valley Homeschool Choir (PVHC). Mrs. Barbary's lively, fun approach to making music has made PVHC a weekly highlight for scores of homeschooled children in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.
In Fall 2007, Mrs. Barbary brought this terrific musical experience to homeschoolers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, as the new East Bay Homeschool Choir (EBHC) began rehearsals in the Pleasanton/Tri-Valley area! EBHC now rehearses in Hayward.
A talented multi-instrumentalist, Mrs. Barbary accompanies the choir on piano, Irish harp, Appalachian dulcimer, and button accordion. Student and parent performers are also encouraged to participate, so that concerts have included flute, violin, guitar, bass, clarinet, saxophone, and cello. The range of musical styles is eclectic: folk, Celtic, rock and roll, jazz, country, and pop are all represented in the choir's repertoire. Each semester, choristers have the optional opportunity to perform in foreign languages as far-reaching as Japanese and Manx
The Homeschool Choir year consists of two 18-week semesters. The Fall semester usually begins the first week of September and -- after a 2-week break for the holidays -- concludes the third weekend of January. The Spring semester starts in February and ends in early June. Each semester culminates in two public performances. Tuition includes all sheet music and a practice CD issued halfway through each semester. Children who adore the spotlight may opt to join soloist coaching sessions for a modest additional fee.
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5030 El Camino Ave
Carmichael, CA 95608