Our History


Currently celebrating its 16th season, the Princeton Area Homeschool Choir (PAHC) was established in 2000 to provide children and youth with an outstanding music education in the art of choral singing.  Past performances include the “White House Annual Holiday Open House” (2006), the Washington, D.C. "Christmas Pageant of Peace" (2004 and 2005), the Willard Intercontinental Hotel "Holiday Lobbying" concerts (2005, 2007 and 2013), the “Mercer County Festival of Children’s Voices” (2003 and 2006), the “Hopewell Valley Chorus Spring Into Song” (2004), “Voices Chorale Concerts” (2003 and 2007), and Westerly Learning Center’s “Spring Potpourri” (2003, 2005 and 2007).  The Choir is invited annually to sing The Star-Spangled Banner and Take Me Out to the Ballgame for the Trenton Thunder.  The singers appeared in 2005 with the Harlem Globetrotters, and in 2005, 2007 and 2009 with the Philadelphia Phillies.  In past years, the Choir has won “Superior” awards at the Music in the Parks Festivals in Kutztown and Hershey, PA.  In 2007 and 2010 they won the award for “Best Overall High School Choir.”  The choristers sing annually for wounded veterans at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C, and in 2013 they participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknowns.      

 

The Choir commissions new choral works, and collaborates annually with professional composers, clinicians and arrangers.  In the past, choristers have collaborated with composers Mark Kressel, Kenneth Guilmartin and Mark Hahn.  They also have enjoyed working with several clinicians, including Sue Ellen Page, Lynnel Joy Jenkins and Mollie Stone.  Distinguished choral conductors Devin Mariman of Westminster Choir College, Dr. David Shockey of Cairn University, Joseph Ohrt of Central Bucks Choirs, and Beth Prins of the Northern Jersey Homeschool Chorale have led workshops with the Choir.  Professional actor Bill Gross has conducted classes for PAHC choristers in expressive singing and movement.  In 2010, PAHC commissioned two pieces in honor of its tenth anniversary, one by renowned children’s composer Helen Kemp, and the other by composer and PAHC accompanist, Mark Hahn.  PAHC was one of the organizing choirs for the Princeton area Sing With Us youth choral festival and for the Cairn Choral Festival. The singers were featured in the Fall 2013 recording for the Choristers Guild publishing packet.  
 

The Princeton Area Homeschool Choir continues to enjoy a growing reputation as a choral arts program with a sincere mission to serve children and youth, and a firm commitment to artistic excellence.  All children are welcome without audition, though vocal evaluation may be required to ensure appropriate division placement.  PAHC maintains active membership in Chorus America, American Choral Directors  Association and Choristers Guild.