Many homeschoolers treat the Memorial Day weekend as the end of the school year, and perhaps as the occasion to hold a family graduation ceremony. The beautiful song “Homeward Bound” by American composer Marta Keen has in recent years become a staple of high school choirs around the country — and many other vocal groups as well. The speaker in the song is a young person asking permission to leave home, and promising to return. “Homeward Bound” may be just the accompaniment you need for your own homeschool graduation.
Here’s a fine video performance by the Brigham Young University ensemble Vocal Point, accompanied by the All-American Boys Chorus:
Or perhaps you’d prefer the all-female Ballard High School Treble Choir from Seattle:
Or, if you’d like more of a Classical rendition, try this resonant recording from the great Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, produced by Deutsche Grammophon:
Or maybe best of all — and an inspiration for any very young singers you may have in your homeschool — here’s a 2015 performance by the Texas Children’s Choir in San Antonio:
Maybe someday we’ll have a River Houses homeschool choir and a version of our very own. 😊