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Konkle Quartet-- homeschool brothers from Pennsylvania singing barbershop quartet music!
Editor's Note from Susan Richman: One of the delightful student performances at our PHAA Central Pennsylvania Homeschool Graduation Ceremony this year was the Konkle Quartet, singing original arrangements of gospel music in barbershop quartet style-- Hunter Konkle, the eldest son, was one of the graduates. I spoke with the family afterwards, asking how the boys had developed their amazing skills, hoping to share their story with all of our readers. I was so pleased to receive in the mail this week both a professionally made CD of the quartet, and the following newspaper article from the Williamsport Sun-Gazette about the mission of the boys. If you might like to inquire about purchasing one of their two CD's, please call the family at 570-368-7577. I know their amazing music will be an inspiration to many homeschooling families!
Though barbershop music has waned in popularity, four Montoursville brothers, ages 10 to 17, are keeping the genre alive in the name of the Lord.
Known as the Konkle Quartet, Hunter, Walker, Rider and Parker Konkle have spent the last four years singing together at area churches and events.
"Conservative music for a conservative generation" is how Hunter Konkle, 17, described the group's material of older spiritual style hymns such as "I'll Fly Away," "Be Thou My Vision" and "For the Beauty of the Earth."
All of the arrangements the brothers perform are four-part harmony and sung a cappella. Together, the brothers perform an average of 30 to 40 times a year.
The group has produced two CDs, one in 2008 and the second in May. The latter is available at the Hallmark store in the Loyal Plaza.
"We just love doing it," Hunter Konkle said. "We love seeing people's faces. It's a blessing.".....
4th Annual Back to School Fair-- Harrisburg Area Homeschoolers Association
Editor's Note from Susan Richman: The HAHA group definitely has the best acronym of any homeschool organization! And they put on a wonderful summer event to help area homeschooling families get geared up for the new school year-- hope you can attend!
Below is information about the Fourth Annual Back to School Fair that is sponsored by the Harrisburg Area Homeschoolers Association. As we consider this event a great opportunity to provide area homeschoolers with lots of helpful information and encouragement, we hope you will share this invite with the homeschooling families you know.
Additionally, if you were interested in setting up a table for your homeschool organization, we would be glad to have you participate. Pre-registration for that is required an can be done by visiting the HAHA website and clicking on the link that says "Business Registration."
Join us for our 4th Annual Back to School Fair
Saturday, July 30, 2011
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Christian Life Assembly
2645 Lisburn Road
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Activities include: a curriculum sale, a workshop about homeschooling through high school, and the opportunity to gather information from local businesses that provide services and products for homeschoolers.
Invited businesses include....
Editor's Note from Susan Richman: I was so delighted to receive this article from Andrew Min, one of my longterm favorite AP Online students, sharing about what taking part in many of our AP Online classes has meant to him and the impact they've had on his future. I've also have the wonderful opportunity to meet Andrew several times-- when he was just a freshman and taking my AP US History class, he joined about 8 of his fellow virtual classmates for a real life field trip to the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia. He also came for several years to the end-of-year AP Party we hold each Memorial Day weekend here at our farm-- this includes a square dance called by my husband, as well as a swing dance led by one of the students. One year Andrew didn't think he'd be able to make it-- he had a slight cold, and things were busy at home. The other students, though, couldn't imagine an AP Party without Andrew, and immediately called him by phone at his home in New Jersey-- and Andrew showed up with his wonderful family the next day! His family was quite touched that 'virtual' classmates could form such good frienship. It's been such a blessing getting to know our AP Online students-- and to see them also making connections through other activities like homeschool debate (my AP US History students this year sent me a photo where about 11 of them met up at a National Debate Tournament!). And AP Online kids have been know to run into each other at college admissions events, too-- one year two AP students in my class even opted to room together as freshmen at Hillsdale College, and they'd both benefited from meeting another fellow student who was already on campus. Networking at its best!
Andrew Min meeting an AP US History classmate the next year at a debate tournament
In the seven AP classes that I’ve taken from PA Homeschoolers, the average class score was 4 or 5 (out of 5) on the College Board-administered exam. Considering that the passing score is usually a 3, that’s quite a feat. The score disparity is no coincidence. It’s a direct result of rigorous AP classes by an established provider that’s been around for over fifteen years.
I've taken seven APs from PA Homeschoolers, and for the most part, they have been wonderful experiences. AP US History with Mrs. Richman, AP Macroeconomics with Dr. Richman, AP English Language with Mrs. Inspektor, and AP English Literature with Mrs. Green were all superb classes. AP World History with Mrs. Harrison and AP Calculus AB with Mrs. Gilleran were two of the hardest classes I’ve ever taken, but both produced excellent score results for almost every single student.
Something that I’ve particularly appreciated about PA Homeschoolers is the teachers. First, for the most part, they’re wonderful instructors....