Barry Howard, board member
A life full of music
For Barry, the best part of being dragged by his mother to the Concerts for Young People at the Berkeley Community Theater was getting out of grade school. Although he mostly remembers counting the ceiling light fixtures, something more profound must have grabbed him and nurtured his love of music. Barry enjoyed singing harmony with his three brothers, playing clarinet into his high school years, later playing bongo drums and then, in college, singing harmony with Brother Bob and the Four Friars, a folk group.
After college, Barry expanded his musical experience when he and his wife Bonnie moved to Livermore, where they raised their three kids. He sang with a barbershop chorus and several quartets, jumped to a madrigal group for a few years and then joined the Valley Concert Chorale. The highlight of his experience with this group was a brilliant concert tour to England. Barry and Bonnie both retired in 2003 and moved to Nevada City.
Barry sang with Ken Hardin for two and a half years at Music in the Mountains, followed him to the Sierra College Choir, and then helped launch the Sierra Master Chorale. Singing with the Sierra Master Chorale and Ken Hardin is Barry’s best choral experience yet!