Welcome! The mission of Hosanna Homeschool Choir is to provide a Christ-centered choral music experience for home-schooled students ages 5-18 from the greater Peoria area.
We meet at Woodland Baptist Church in Peoria, IL, on Thursdays during the school year. You can register for Fall or Spring semesters, or both.
Hosanna Homeschool Choir provides a choral music experience for home-schooled children. Students participate in public performances and gain confidence in their own growing musical competence. In our four choirs, students learn musical terms and concepts, as well as how to participate in a vocal group.
Sonshine Choir (ages 5-6) 1:30-2:15 PM
Celebration Choir (ages 7-9) 1:30-2:30 PM
Jubilee Choir (ages 10-12) 1:30-2:30 PM
Hallelujah Chorus (ages 13+) 2:30-4:00 PM
The choir is organized and directed as a Christian group, although all home-schooled students are welcome to join. Each year, the directors focus on a particular musical thread.
Each of our four choirs is headed by a qualified music director. Accompanists provide piano support to our students’ singing. Both directors and accompanists receive a stipend.
Every other aspect of Hosanna Homeschool Choir management is overseen by one or more members of a volunteer board. Please note that every parent is welcome to attend any board meeting. New board members are needed at this time. Please prayerfully consider joining our board.
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Jenny Collins is currently serving as the Jubilee Choir director. During her two years as the accompanist for Jubilee Choir, she began to appreciate this exciting age group of students who are no longer little ones but who are still very young at heart.
Jenny developed a love for music early on and has many fond memories of singing with her mom and sister growing up. She actively participated in music and drama during her high school years. Jenny graduated from Bradley University in 1998 with a degree in education.
Jenny now lives in Elmwood with her husband of 20 years, Jay, and their four children: Parker, Jackson, Braden, and Olivia. She has been a homeschool mom since 2006 and enjoys being a part of the great homeschool community in the Peoria area.
In her spare time, Jenny enjoys reading, singing, playing the piano, having coffee with friends, and cheering on her kids in all of their activities. Jenny also leads a small group through her church, encouraging and equipping young ladies for family service.
Jenny appreciates Hosanna Homeschool Choir because of the families that comprise it and for the opportunities and friendships that it offers. She counts herself blessed to be able to serve as the Jubilee Choir director and also as choir board president.
Diane Wier serves as the Sonshine choir director, introducing our youngest singers to the wonder and joys of vocal music. She also assists our junior high and senior high students to participate in district choirs and solo and ensemble contest. In 2003, she and four other moms were instrumental in starting the choir we now call the Hosanna Homeschool Choir. Before taking the role of director, Diane served as board president and the Sonshine choir accompanist for several years.
The daughter of two music teachers, participating in music activities has been a way of life for her. She grew up playing instruments and singing in choirs. Her claim to fame is that she has shared the stage with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (violin) and Dr. Robert Shaw (vocal conductor). Currently, aside from teaching for Hosanna, she is active in her church’s music programs (worship, kids), plays the piano, and sings in the Peoria Area Civic Chorale.
Diane believes deeply the every child can sing - they just need to be nurtured and encouraged to do so. She enjoys teaching children to work hard, do their best, have fun and “make a joyful noise to the Lord”. Students in the Sonshine choir participate not only in singing, but also various games and activities to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of music.
Married to the love of her life, Jon, for 26+ years, they had 5 children and live on a farm just outside of Lacon. She has been homeschooling for 20+ years and can’t believe the last two are both in high school! In her spare time, Diane likes to read, bake, craft, drive the combine, take mission trips to Mexico and attend her children’s many activities.
ARRIVAL: Children in the Sonshine, Celebration, and Jubilee Choirs are allowed to arrive no earlier than 1:15. Drinks and restroom breaks need to be taken care of before Choir time. Sonshine and Celebration Choirs will meet in the gym at 1:30. Jubilee and Hallelujah Choirs will go directly to their classrooms. Please be lined up or in your seats ready to sing at 1:30 (2:30 for the Hallelujah Chorus).
RELEASE PROCEDURES: Sonshine and Celebration parents need to sign out their children in person or arrange for a friend to do so in the designated hallway. Sonshine students will be released at 2:15, and Celebration students will be released at 2:30. Children will NOT be released to the gym to play without being signed out. We love our students, and for safety reasons, we ask that you be on time. Jubilee students will be released at 2:30, and Hallelujah students will be released at 4:00. All Choir families are expected to leave the building by 4:15.
TREATS: Many of our children have various food allergies that range from a mild sensitivity to severe reactions to certain ingredients. In order to provide a safe environment for our children, as well as maintain a clean facility for Woodland Baptist Church, we ask that families DO NOT provide treats/food items for their child's choir.
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Faithful choir attendance is of the utmost importance. Each choir member is vital to the success of the entire group. We strive to form the best blending of voices possible by carefully planning student placement. Regular attendance is also the best way possible for students to thoroughly know the music for performance. Choir members who attend faithfully are more likely to form lasting friendships with others in the group. This time also allows parents to network and form friendships with other homeschoolers.
Attendance is required at all rehearsals. If an absence occurs, the parent must provide an email or phone call giving each student’s name, date of absence, and reason for the absence. This information is to be provided to each choir director affected before the date of the rehearsal, when possible. If, because of sudden illness, this is impossible, the parent should contact the child’s choir director as soon as possible.
The choir year is divided into two semesters with a concert at the end of each semester. A child who misses three (3) or more rehearsals must receive special permission from the choir director to be allowed to perform.
In some cases, students wish to participate in choir but may be unable to perform at the concert. This is allowable but should be discussed with the director very early in the semester, so the director has ample time to adjust student placement and part assignments. For example, a student who will not be at the concert should not volunteer for a solo.
Please carefully consider your commitment to faithful choir attendance.
CONCERT ATTIRE: Sonshine Choir - Sunday best; Celebration, Jubilee, and Hallelujah – all children in these choirs wear a white shirt/blouse, black pants/skirt, and black socks and shoes for performance.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SCHOLARSHIP: Because the choir exists to allow home-schooled children to experience choir participation, a financial assistance scholarship was created for those families who could not participate otherwise. The assistance scholarship is available as funds allow and covers up to one-half of a student’s tuition. In order to pursue this assistance, a family should contact the choir board president, Jenny Collins, at email@example.com.
Fundraisers are initiated, as needed, to rebuild this fund. Tax-deductible donations made to this financial assistance scholarship are greatly appreciated.