Village Harmony

New England Traveling Teen Camp I – June 20-July 9, 2019

Date: June 20-July 9, 2018
Venue: Stump Sprouts Retreat Center
Leaders: Larry Gordon, Sinead O’Mahoney, Scott Sexton, Natalie Brierre
Price: $1375

This session features four leaders with wide-ranging repertoire: South African songs and dances, songs from Ghana, Bosnia and Bulgaria, Galician songs with percussion, American shape-note songs, and a baroque work with keyboard.  The session introduces two new leaders: Scott Sexton, from Mississippi, has participated in VH camps in Macedonia and Bosnia (twice), as well a three different musical trips to Ghana; our intern at this session, Natalie Brierre, is a Village Harmony alumna who has spent the past three years in Galicia in Spain where she has learned the exciting style of Galician songs accompanied by percussion on multiple tambourines, and she will be teaching several of these songs.

We are especially excited that we will have three teens from Bosnia at this camp, a boy and two girls, ages 16 and 17, who participated in the VH camp in Bosnia last summer (so they know Sinead and Scott who were there too).  We are also hoping that Scott will be able to entice a few of his students from Mississippi to participate.

All the leaders of this camp are avid dancers, and we will have dancing every morning during rehearsal week: Balkan, contras, English country and maybe some Irish set dances. Larry is also famous for his inventive and delicious camp cooking.

The 12 day tour itinerary will include Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, including  an appearance at a Vermont ACDA (American Choral Directors) conference.  Final concert will be in Hadley, Mass.

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Leaders

Larry Gordon

larryoregonVillage Harmony founder and director LARRY GORDON has been making community music in Vermont since the early 1970s. He founded Village Harmony in 1989, and his patient and relaxed, yet demanding, teaching style and his collaborative approach have shaped the welcoming atmosphere of the Village Harmony community since the beginning. Though his first love was medieval and renaissance music, he is a vital figure in New England shape-note singing, and he is the music editor of the popular Northern Harmony shape-note songbook. Larry is an inspired organizer with an unerring eye for good repertoire and a unique knack of pulling together interesting combinations of singers and letting them shine.  Larry has led Onion River Chorus in Montpelier since the late 1970s, and is well known across the US and internationally for leading stunning periodic ad hoc incarnations of Northern Harmony, a semi-professional tour group made up largely of veteran Village Harmony singers.  Recently he has been devoting increasing time to teaching Balkan folk dancing.

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Sinead O’Mahoney

sineadSINEAD O’MAHONEY, a native of Montpelier, VT, has been avidly singing with Village Harmony and Northern Harmony for over a decade. She has traveled abroad with Village Harmony in Corsica, France, Switzerland, Germany, and has taken two separate trips to Caucasus Georgia, including an intensive Georgian language and culture course. She has also been active in Sacred Harp and other shape-note singing throughout New England. She has been praised for her sure command of rhythm and clear and efficient teaching style. Sinead earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Vermont in 2016, and is currently working as an elementary music teacher in Wilmington, VT. This will be Sinead’s third year teaching at Village Harmony camp.

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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 4 student choirs, 1 youth community choir and 1 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 first Village Harmony camp in the US, as well as his first Village Harmony camp as a co-leader!

Natalie Brierre

Natalie Brierre is a native Vermonter who joined Village Harmony at the age of 14. This experience sparked her interest in learning songs from cultures that differed from her own. She has a B.A in anthropology from Wagner College and is an English teacher in Galicia, Spain.  She is an alumnae of Vocal Synergy, an all female a cappella group, and is currently in the Galician choir, Coro da Ra. She has been studying Galician tambourine and traditional song since 2017.

Venue

Stump Sprouts Retreat Center

stumpsproutsSituated in rural northwest Massachusetts, Stump Sprouts Retreat Center is a rustic multi-season resort—founded as a cross-country ski resort—and retreat facility. The center of activity is the hand-crafted three-level guest lodge with bedrooms and lounge on the top two floors and kitchen and dining area on the lower level. Our rehearsals take place in the center’s converted dairy barn. And additional bedrooms are just across the lane in the 200 year-old farmhouse. Stump Sprouts is located on 450 acres of woods and meadows, with splendid vistas and hiking trails. The center’s organic gardens that often provide vegetables for our kitchen. These unspoiled lands set the stage for three Village Harmony teen retreats this year.

http://www.stumpsprouts.com/

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