Ms. Barnhouse began her singing career as a toddler in the 1930's, singing Bach Chorales in church choir. She attended Harvard in the 1950's, where she studied music and linguistics, and performed with the Harvard glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society, and gave numerous solo recitals at Harvard and other venues in Cambridge.
After college, she moved to Germany, where she continued to perform in church concerts and Lieder recitals, and studied with Doris Winkler at the
renowned Berliner Hochschule für Musik. She returned to the U.S. and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she was a mezzo-soprano soloist with the
San Jose and Oakland Symphonies, 1750 Arch Records, The Pocket Opera, and the San Francisco Bach Choir. It was during this period that she recorded the Brahms duets with Renee Grant-Williams.
Ms. Grant-Williams is an American classical singer, vocal coach and conductor in Nashville, Tennessee. She earned a full scholarship to the San Francisco Conservatory and received a bachelor ofMusic Degree there. She also studied at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara California, the American Institute of Music Studies in Graz, Austria, and the Banff School of Fine Arts, Alberta Canada. She has been the Director of VocalMusic at U.C. Berkeley, Music Director at the New York Actors Studio, adjunct voice faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory, Artist-in-Residence with the San Mateo Chamber Music Society, and national sales director for the David Horwitz music production company in New York.
Mr. Glichrist, who provided piano accompaniment on Brahms Duets,grew up in Southern California learning to play piano, violin and organ. After earning an undergraduate degree in music at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon he came to the Bay Area for graduate study in composition at UC Berkeley, where his teachers included Roger Sessions, Andrew Imbrie and Seymour Shifrin. Mr. Gilchrist passed away in 2014.