Village Harmony

Berea, KY Adult Camp – June 27 – July 5, 2020 – $825/$700 without housing

Date: June 27 - July 5, 2020
Venue: Woods Penniman Building, Berea College
Leaders: Kathy Bullock, Mary Cay Brass, Scott Sexton
Price: $825

We are excited to return to Berea, Kentucky with our east coast adult camp for a second year.

Cradled in the foothills of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, Berea is known as the “Folk Arts and Crafts Capital” of Kentucky. A unique town rich in history and the arts, not only is Berea home to a thriving artisans, artists and musician population, it is also home to historic Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South.Berea has a longstanding tradition of diversity, social justice, environmental responsibility and community service. Both college and town are committed to the practice of sustainability and conservation.

The dynamic Dr. Kathy Bullock, longtime Village Harmony instructor, and professor of music at Berea College will be leading this landmark camp in her home town. Kathy will share  songs of joy and inspiration from gospel and spiritual traditions accompanied by her irresistible rocking gospel piano.

Kathy will be joined by veteran Village Harmony leader Mary Cay Brass, who will lead a set of soulful, thrilling songs from Bosnia, Macedonia and Croatia as well as traditional and contemporary shape note songs.

Scott Sexton, from Mississippi, will be teaching at Village Harmony for his second summer. He has participated in VH camps in Macedonia and Bosnia as well as making three different trips on his own to study music in Ghana.

Singing sessions will be held at the Woods Penniman Building at Berea College. in the midst of historic old town Berea. Housing options will include campus housing at Berea College and/or your choice of local B&Bs.

There will be two tiered pricing for this camp. The first includes campus dormitory housing in twin rooms 2 blocks from the folk center (all with AC) while the second is without housing if you’d prefer to find your own housing in a local bed and breakfast.

All meals will be prepared and eaten together at the Folk Center.

We will perform one final concert in Berea at the end of the week.

From the vibrant, artsy town of Berea to the surrounding natural wonders of waterfalls, mountains and lakes with scenic trails and breathtaking views, we will experience the beauty and charm of the region as we sing, sing, sing.

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Kathy Bullock

Kathy BullockKATHY BULLOCK has been a Professor of Music at Berea College in Kentucky for 23 years, where she chairs the department, teaches theory and ethnomusicology, and directs the Black Music Ensemble, a 70- voice choir that specializes in the performance of African-American sacred music. She is a member of the American Spiritual Ensemble and she performs, lectures, and leads workshops in the United States, Great Britain, Ghana, and Jamaica on music and culture of the African diaspora.




Mary Cay Brass

Mary Cay Brass of Athens, Vermont
directed her first Village Harmony camp 30 years ago. She directs two very popular “Village Harmony” style community choirs in Vermont and Massachusetts and is the co-musical director with Peter Amidon of the Hallowell Hospice Choir. Mary Cay is also a dynamic contra-dance keyboardist and accordion player. She spent two and a half years in the former Yugoslavia on a Fulbright Scholarship in ethnomusicology and has published two book/CD collections of music from that region. Mary Cay has  organized and led four Village Harmony trips to the Republic of Macedonia and four to Bosnia and co-led a Lithuania camp. She has helped organize two new Village Harmony camps for summer 2019 in Quebec and Kentucky! Her website is




Scott Sexton

Scott Sexton is a dynamic music teacher and choral director based in Mississippi. He is the choral director at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Jackson, where he leads four student choirs, a youth community choir and an adult community choir. He earned degrees in choral music education from Troy University (B.M.E.) and the University of Mississippi (M.M.). Scott is known for his passion in teaching and performing world choral music. He has traveled the world performing and collecting music and is best known for his immersive music experiences in Ghana, Bosnia and the American South. In addition to choral conducting, he is also an accomplished instrumentalist and enjoys accompanying his singers on piano and autoharp, as well as learning how to play instruments from around the world. Scott has participated in Village Harmony camps in Macedonia and Bosnia. This will be his second Village Harmony camp as a co-leader.


Woods Penniman Building, Berea College

The Woods -Penniman Building built as women’s gymnasium, houses the College Post Office, the Crossroads Café, the Public Safety Office, the Commons, Residential Life Office, and the Center for International Education.

The building features a conference area with 3,500-square feet of open space, a kitchen, bathroom facilities, deck area and a half acre of greenspace—perfect for our use this summer.