Village Harmony

Welcome

Village Harmony is the umbrella organization for a diverse range of choral, world music and harmony singing activities under the direction of Larry Gordon and Patty Cuyler.

Due to Covid-19 most of our programs in 2020 and early 2021 took place online.

This past year’s programs included the Village Harmony Cross-Countries Choir, a marathon two-day Winter Weekend Festival in late February and a number of different quarantine incarnations of our alumni touring ensemble Northern Harmony.

The virtual programming Village Harmony began in mid-2020 has been successful beyond imagination, bringing people from radically different parts of the world together in an unexpectedly-satisfying way to create both music and new friendships.

During the 2020-21 academic year we put together numerous specialized workshops and courses uniting choral organizations and universities across the United States with colleagues from all over the world. We expect to continue to some degree running similar virtual workshop series in 2021-22.


Summer 2021 Plans

We are excited to announce that we have two in-person New England residential and traveling sessions in place for adults and for teens aged 12-19 in July and August. We do need to require that all participants are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before their program begins.

But again this summer we must bow to covid-related travel restrictions. We  are postponing resumption of our traditional, globally-famous non-US study-performance camps until 2022.


Summer ’21 In-Person Programs

Since camp spaces are limited this year, be sure to apply as early as possible to better your chances of getting a spot.

While we will in general be accepting singers for our in-person camps on a first-come, first-served basis, we will  also prioritize creating a balance of voice parts in each program.

July 29 – August 15: Teen Traveling Camp
Led by Larry Gordon, Sinead O’Mahoney & Avery Book. Rehearsal week at Vilalge Harmony headquarters in Marshfield, Vermont. No home-stays this year; singers will group-camp at Vermont state parks during the concert tour. $1400

August 1 – 8: Adult Residential Week
Led by Gideon Crevoshay, Heidi Wilson & Sarina Partridge. In residence at Buxton School in Williamstown, MA. $800 ($100 single supplement)

Proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 will required for all participants.

APPLY HERE


Summer ’21 Virtual Programs

While we can’t bring you to sing with our musical colleagues in their home countries, we CAN bring them to you. Which we will be doing by means of a series of twenty-two 60 minute-long zoom song-teaching sessions, starting June 12th. In addition we have scheduled three interactive specialty-genre weeks featuring traditional music from Corsica (June 12-18), Iran (July 18-23) and Ukraine (August 8-13).

All of our virtual workshops will all be hosted on Village Harmony’s Thinkific online learning platform, where following each teaching session, pronunciation, demonstration performances, voice parts recordings, word sheets and scores (as appropriate) will be uploaded as resources for our participants.

Each live zoom workshop will be recorded and posted afterward, making it possible for anyone for whom it is impractical to attend a class (due to work, living in a different time zone, or because of one of life’s inevitable tribulations) to still fully participate.

Background resource files, audio tracks and recorded zoom lessons will remain available to participants until June 1, 2022.

Join us for a full summer of weekend song workshops. Each of the 22 workshops in the series will be led by experts in their music genres. The workshop series will begin on Saturday June 12 and will continue every weekend (except July 3-4) until Sunday August 31.

Traditions represented will include Appalachian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Corsican, Cuban, Georgian, Gospel, Iranian, Malagasy, Nigerian, Quebecois, South African, Swedish, Ukrainian, Yiddish and singer-songwriter taught new songs in English.

These live, interactive zoom workshops will be 60 minutes long each and will take place on Saturdays at 8pm ET, and on Sundays at 1pm ET.

If you are in a time zone that does not permit you to watch live on one of these days, don’t forget that you will be able to watch the zoom lesson on our learning platform afterward.

Full tuition for the 22 x 60-minute sessions, plus access to the online learning platform resources, is $330, with a tier of self-selected fee options as low as $75. 

Our Three Genre-Specific Study Weeks

We are also offering three 6-day long genre-specific workshops will include live, interactive Zoom sessions for direct teaching from the instructors, pre-recorded parts and performance recordings and resource files, virtual choir projects and live question/answer sessions. All giving you the chance to dig deeper into some wonderful world polyphonic traditions.

Each course will begin with one of our regular Sunday workshops. Those signed up for a specialty course will continue to meet with that instructor on the ensuing five days (Monday through Friday). The times of the different courses are listed below. Additional coaching sessions may be added at the discretion of the song leader.

You may sign up for these courses as stand-alone programs or as additions to the weekend workshop series. Like the weekend series, tuition is on a self-selected sliding basis.

June 12-18: Corsican Week, led by Frederic Vesperini and two other members of the Spartimu Ensemble. All classes will be 1:00-2:30pm EDT.

July 18-23: Iranian Folk Music Week, led by Iranian singer Reza Saffari. All classes (including Sunday’s) will be 11:00am-12:30pm EDT.

August 8-12: Ukrainian Week, led by Nadia Tarnawsky & Inna Kovtun.

Full tuition for a 6-day course, with full access to the online learning platform resources, is $250, with a tier of self-selected fee options as low as $100. 

APPLY HERE


YouTube videos

We have posted new videos and recordings of both Northern Harmony and Village Harmony ensembles on YouTube.

Follow these links:
VH Teen II Ensemble 2019
Northern Harmony 2017
Northern Harmony in Chicago 2019
Northern Harmony Sextet 2020


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Village Harmony is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and all contributions are fully tax-deductible.

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Village Harmony Updates

  • Village Harmony Zoom Programs for university, high school and community choirs

    Expand your choir’s repertoire during the Zoom era

    Village Harmony has developed an ever-expanding online teaching resource library for choir directors looking to collaborate via zoom with expert teachers across the globe.

    Our aim is dual-fold. The project provides much-needed income to our teachers. And the program provides a valuable interface for singers of all levels to learn songs directly and authentically from musician experts in many of the worlds greatest non-Western choral traditions: from South Africa, the Republic of Georgia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Corsica, Cuba and the American Appalachian and African-American communities.

    Using Village Harmony’s online learning platform, resources provided to participating choirs include digital rehearsal material—audio or video individual voice part recordings and performance tracks, scores /wordsheets/translations, pronunciation tracks, background resources. These back-up teaching files compliment a live zoom lesson that we set up for your choir with a tradition bearer, who will introduce and teach the voice parts directly to your students, model authenticity and provide essential historical and personal background about the song.

    We can offer your choir a tailor-made one-off workshop, multi-week or semester-long program, or even a year-long series of guest teachers.

    Contact Mollie Stone at molliestone@uchicago.edu to what we might offer for your own choir and to set up a private zoom meeting for a tour of our programs.