Barbara Hoff, a native of Southern California, began her performing career when she was a very small child. The daughter of musicians, she does not remember a time when she did not play the piano. She also studied violin and viola, playing in school orchestras from fourth grade through college. She sang in church choirs as a child and teen, and in concert choirs, small ensembles, and madrigal singers at Pomona College and UCLA.
In 1967, Barbara and her husband, Lowell, moved to Los Osos, where they raised their three children, and where they owned and operated Sheltered Acre Nursery from 1967 to 2008.
Barbara Hoff is the main accompanist and a founding member of the Vocal Arts Ensemble. She retired as the principal keyboardist of the San Luis Obispo Symphony in 2013 and keeps busy as the organist and choir director for Trinity United Methodist Church in Los Osos, is a private piano teacher and a sought-after recitalist and chamber music player.