Who We Are
Glorifying God through Performing Arts
Homeschool Performing Arts (HPA) is a program of Vessel for Arts, a 501(c)(3) organization. HPA's purpose is establishing a community of homeschool families in which students and parents work together to produce music, drama, and musical theatre productions that glorify and honor the Lord. Our mission is for students to experience spiritual growth, personal growth including the areas of commitment, responsibility, self-confidence, composure, interpersonal communication, social understanding, conflict resolution and work ethic, as well as artistic growth in their performing abilities, including public speaking, singing, dancing, and acting.
HPA Executive Staff
Brad Garnaat founded HPA in 1997 and serves as the Executive Director. Brad is a former homeschooler and a graduate of the teacher education program at Cornerstone University. Brad has been very involved in music and drama for most of his life, performing in many shows and choirs in high school and college. Aside from directing most of the HPA productions, he directed the Caledonia Community Players production of Jack and the Beanstalk as well as played the role of Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof and Frederic in Pirates of Penzance with Master Arts Theatre. In 2007, he performed the role of Gaston in Caledonia Community Players production of Beauty and the Beast. He has most recently been seen in the feature film Beyond Acceptance.
Tanya Garnaat, Brad's wife, is an executive officer for HPA who has been faithfully serving behind the scenes since it's inception. Brad and Tanya have homeschooled their four children, two of whom are now graduated.
Beverly Bishop, HPA's Business Manager, has been involved with HPA since 2004. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from St. Cloud State University and has taught adult, college, high school, and middle school computer classes. She also has a published book named My Friend with Autism. Beverly grew up performing in community theater with her family and toured with EPIC ministries presenting the Gospel in Mime during her college years. Beverly and her husband, Thad, homeschooled their two children.