Homestay Family Portal!

Dear Homestay Families,


Thank you so much for making the Golden Gate Festival a reality by hosting visiting choir members. We hope that you will find the experience of opening your home and building community with these singers a rewarding one.


A few notes about being a homestay family:


Homestay families provide housing for their guests, transportation to and from all rehearsals and Festival events, meals, and (most especially) a welcoming home atmosphere.


Daily Transportation & Schedules: From Monday – Saturday of the Festival week, you will drop your singers off for rehearsal between 8:30am and 9:00am, and retrieve them at 5:00pm (unless other arrangements have been made). During the festival day singers will have supervised free time in between rehearsals and concerts. Supervision is provided by conductors and group parents.

In addition to the daily rehearsals, your guest singers will require transportation to and from evening concerts. Individual choir schedules will be provided that detail drop-off and pick-up times, and locations. We do our best to pair PEBCC singers with guest singers who have similar concert schedules.

Meals: In addition to breakfast and dinner, host families should provide a daily bag lunch for their guests. All singers have full and long days and should have a hearty lunch packed for them, including fruits, vegetables, protein, carbohydrates, and several bottles of water.


Please note that you do NOT have to provide a bag lunch on Monday, July 8, because the Festival is hosting a Welcome Picnic. The Picnic starts at 12:15pm at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater, which is just a short walk from the Scottish Rite Center, site of the Opening Ceremonies. All homestay families are invited. If you would like to join the picnic, tickets will be available for purchase in the spring of 2018. You may also volunteer at the Welcome Picnic!


Free Time: While we do have a packed Festival week, families will have some free time to spend with their guests, and we encourage you to show them our beautiful Bay Area! These times will be indicated on the linked individual choir schedules.


Emergencies or Concerns: Each visiting choir will be assigned a PEBCC liaison, a parent volunteer. For any questions, concerns, or emergencies (there is always at least one costume emergency at every festival) that arise DURING the Festival, you will contact the assigned homestay liaison for your choir.

Complimentary Tickets: As a small token of our appreciation for opening your homes to visiting choirs, we will provide each host family with two complimentary general admission tickets to all ticketed concerts: Opening Ceremonies and Closing Ceremony.


If you have any pre-Festival questions about homestays, please contact Alice Del Simone, Festival Manager:, 510-547-4441 or Kelly Kirkpatrick (Ensemble and Concert Choir Parent, Homestay Coordinator:


Again, thank you for offering your home and hospitality to make the Festival experience something special for the choir members who are attending. Remember, there is a family waiting somewhere in another state or country for YOUR child to visit!