Village Harmony

New England Adult Camp 2022 at Buxton School – July 17 – 24 ($625 – $900)

Date: July 17-24, 2022
Venue: Buxton School
Leaders: Bongani Magatyana, Kathy Bullock, Brendan Taaffe
Price: $625-$900

This camp features an exciting trio of leaders.

Bongani Magatyana, composer/music director from Cape Town, South Africa, is a truly great teacher with a particularly clear way of imparting the sometimes elusive rhythms of traditional South African singing and dancing. With deep knowledge of South African traditional music and culture, Bongani has proven to be a wonderful composer of new songs in the folk style. His infectious enthusiasm can coax a big South African sound out of any singer.

Dynamic gospel leader Kathy Bullock from Berea, KY will lead the group in a set of black spirituals and gospel music, weaving history into the singing as the group explores the connections between African American music, history, and its African origins. The amazing Dr. Bullock always brings a deep love and passion for music to her teaching, and generates infectious excitement in its performance.

Brendan Taaffe will share his own original compositions and several pieces from his rich repertoire of traditional vocal music from Zimbabwe and elsewhere.

Venue for this camp is Buxton School in Williamstown, Massachusetts, which has a beautiful campus with several excellent singing and dancing spaces and a range of accommodations.

Tuition for basic shared (4-bed) occupancy is $800.

Participants can choose to reserve single or double rooms for a supplemental fee of $100 or $50, respectively.

Commuters are welcome, at $625 tuition.

NOTE: Attendance at this camp will be limited to to those who are fully vaccinated against covid-19.

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Bongani Magatyana

BONGANI MAGATYANA is a professional singer /music director /composer /theatrical producer living in Gugulethu Township in Cape Town, South Africa.

He was born in Cape Town in a township called Old Crossroads; his father was a self-taught choir conductor in the Old Apostolic Church. Bongani’s father taught him how to read and write tonic solfa music notation at a young age, and young Bongani dreamt of becoming a church choir conductor, too. Today he conducts a 120-voice OAC choir himself, as well as a community male choir.

Bongani’s folk-inspired choral compositions—popular pieces for South Africa’s major choral competitions—are sung by choirs around South Africa and internationally. Currently Bongani teaches at the Zolani Centre in Langa Township, leads an educational musical theatre company, and continues to compose music in a variety of genres, bringing vibrant performances to communities across Cape Town.

Bongani has been teaching with Village Harmony since 2012, co-leading annual study-performance camps and workshops in South Africa, the US and the EU.  A dancer as well as singer, and he is particularly adept at communicating the elusive rhythms of South African songs.




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.




Brendan Taaffe

Brendan-TaaffejpgBRENDAN TAAFFE, based in Brattleboro, has been leading singing workshops around the world since 2004. An active composer, he specializes in American harmony styles and Zimbabwean makwayera style singing. In 2011, Brendan spent a month working with choirs in Zimbabwe to document songs from that tradition. He is a founding member of the Bright Wings Chorus and directs Turtle Dove, an organization that runs singing camps for adults. Brendan is also a multi-instrumentalist on guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mbira and holds an M.A. in performance from the Irish World Music Centre at the University of Limerick.





Buxton School

buxton-dining-roomThe Buxton School, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, has a beautiful spacious campus, with gorgeous trees and nearby walking trails.  There are several good singing spaces, a beautifully appointed dining room, and well-equipped industrial kitchen.

Accommodations are in two different buildings, and every room is different  The rooms are mostly triples and quads, but since there are more rooms than we need, we are able to allocate some rooms as doubles and a few as singles, for an additional supplement.