Village Harmony

Midwest Teen Traveling Camp – June 23 – July 10 (18 days) – $1150

Date: June 23-July 10
Venue: Windhorse Retreat Center, Plymouth, Wisconsin
Leaders: Suzannah Park, Bongani Magatyana, Avery Book
Price: $1150

This will be Village Harmony’s fourth teen summer camp in the Midwest. Rehearsal week this year will be at the beautiful Windhorse Retreat in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Following the rehearsal retreat the group will go on a 10-stop performance tour that will include stops in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, with a final concert in Chicago.

Full of music and laughter, this session promises to be a high energy musical adventure. Veteran camp leader Suzannah Park will bring her appealing mix of traditional Appalachian songs, sea chanties, gospel songs and Appalachian clogging. Her infectious love of singing and enthusiasm always pervade the camps she leads.

Composer-director Bongani Magatyana of Cape Town, South Africa, will return to the US for his third summer co-directing Village Harmony camps. He will lead the group in a brilliant set of South African folk and church songs with authentic dance movements, drawn both from traditional repertoire and his own compositions.

Village Harmony veteran Avery Book will teach traditional songs from the island of Sardinia and from Caucasus Georgia,  and songs from the American civil rights movement

Substantial financial aid is available for this camp for those who need a reduced tuition in order to attend.

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Leaders

Suzannah Park

SuzannahVH-2013SUZANNAH PARK comes from a family of three generations of ballad singers, storytellers, and dancers and lives in the North Carolina mountains of her birth. She began teaching at Village Harmony in 2000 after participating as a camper since the age of twelve. Her joyous and intuitive teaching style, born of a lifetime of familiarity with traditional music, makes singers old and young feel at home in the songs that she shares and with each other. Whether she is teaching American ballads, South African songs and dances or Appalachian clogging, laughter and good times abound. When not on tour with Village Harmony Suzannah leads the Wild Asheville Community Chorus and kicks up her heels with the Green Grass Cloggers. www.suzannahpark.com

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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.

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Avery Book

Book-AveryAVERY BOOK, of Burlington, Vermont, has been involved with Village Harmony since 1999, initially as a teen camper and more recently as a camp director. Avery’s eclectic musical interests span the gamut from early music to traditional world folk to the music of social movements. Avery will be teaching songs from the Republic of Georgia, Sardinia, Bosnia, and North American social movements. He has traveled and studied in Sardinia, Georgia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, and the British Isles. Avery teaches harmony singing at the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture and Village Harmony, and is a co-founder and director of the Central Vermont Solidarity Singers. He has a dynamic and warm teaching style with an emphasis on community building, supportive risk-taking, and creative pedagogy.

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Venue

Windhorse Retreat Center, Plymouth, Wisconsin

WindhorseWindhorse Retreat Center has provided year-round space since 2002 for group and individual retreats, artistic gatherings, nature retreats, and private events. The retreat center was built by the High Wind Association as a state-of-the-art, passive solar bio-shelter and greenhouse. Inspired, in part, by the Scottish intentional community Findhorn, High Wind is based on living according to the principles of ecology and sustainability. The Center’s land includes hiking and ski trails and adjoins the Kettle Moraine State forest.