Grant began her professional music career at age 11, accompanying
private voice lessons and a choir. She went on to earn her Bachelor of
Music degree in Composition from Cal State Fullerton in 1987. She
continued in the Masters program in Piano Performance at Cal State Long
Beach and studied Film Scoring at UCLA. Mrs. Barbary has over
twenty years of
directed the Portola Valley Homeschool Choir since 2003.
In 1995, Mrs. Barbary bought an Irish harp and taught herself to play. Since
then she has recorded four CDs of traditional Celtic music. Her
children's album, Celtic for Kids,
won a Parents'
Choice Award in 2002. She sings in all three of the Gaelic languages:
Irish, Scots Gaelic, and Manx. Her concert calendar and sound clips from
her recordings are available at http://www.barbarygrant.com.
Five days a week, Mrs. Barbary works as a hospital musician at Stanford
University Medical Center and El Camino Hospital. With wheels strapped
to the bottom of her harp, she roams around the hospitals, playing
soothing music for patients and their families everywhere from the ICUs
to the newborn nurseries.
Barbary lives in Santa Clara with her husband Tony, their 14-year-old
daughter Samantha, and 9-year-old twins, Naomi and Nicole. She loves to
practice her cello and to read, but hates brussel sprouts and cleaning
house. Her favorite animals are orcas and okapis and her favorite color is red.
Mrs. Barbary has jumped out of an airplane, walked barefoot through live
coals, and tended bar in a cafe in Paris (before she knew
any French!). She looks forward to more adventures with her Homeschool Choirs!