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 to these singers to be very rewarding.
Over the next few months we will be e-mailing you specific information about the children you are hosting, but we’ve also created an online Homestay Portal so that you can access up-to-date information about your singers’ schedules. Individual schedules for each choir (including pick-up and drop-off dates, times, and locations) are included below.
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.
Meals: In addition to breakfast and dinner, host families should provide a daily bag lunch for their guests. All children 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 13, 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. All homestay families are invited. If you would like to join the Picnic, please e-mail Lisa D’Annunzio, Festival Manager, to reserve your spot: email@example.com.
Daily Transportation: 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). Please refer to the individual choir schedules for specific drop-off and pick-up times and locations.
In addition to the daily rehearsals, your guest singers will require transportation to and from evening concerts. Please refer to the individual choir schedules for specific concert information.
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 are indicated on the linked individual choir schedules.
Complimentary Tickets: As a small token of our appreciation for opening your homes to visiting choirs, we will be providing each host family with two complimentary general admission tickets to all three ticketed concerts: Opening Ceremonies, Outside the Box, and Closing Ceremony. You will redeem your tickets by entering a promo code in our ticketing platform, Eventbrite. We will include information about promo codes and redeeming tickets in our forthcoming individual e-mails to you. The rest of the Festival concerts are free! You can find our full schedule of events here.
If you have any pre-Festival questions about homestays, please contact Jennifer Kay, Festival Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-547-4441.
For questions that arise DURING the Festival, you will contact the assigned homestay liaison for your choir. Liaison contact information will be provided at a later date by e-mail.
For up-to-date detailed information about the schedule for the choir you are hosting, please click on the links below:
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!