Village Harmony

Oregon Adult Camp – July 31 – August 7 (8 days) – $750

Date: July 31-August 7, 2016
Venue: St Benedicts Lodge
Leaders: Kathy Bullock, Carl Linich, Gideon Crevoshay
Price: $750

This will be our tenth annual singing week at St. Benedict’s Lodge in the Cascades.  Bounded on one side by the wild, scenic McKenzie River and on the other by national forest, the 70-acre complex is an inspiring setting for our singing retreats.

Dynamic gospel leader Kathy Bullock from Berea, KY will lead the group in wonderful 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.

Carl Linich will teach from his vast repertoire of traditional songs from Caucasus Georgia, including both sacred and secular songs in a range of styles from different regions.

One of our younger leaders, Gideon Crevoshay is a brilliant vocalist who performs with the Starry Mountain Singers and the Sardinian quartet Tenors de Aterúe.  He has wide experience with Georgian, Corsican and traditional American singing styles.

The week, famous among VH camps for its unique kitchen staffed with singing chef-overseers, will include a Georgian supra (feast) at mid-week, and will conclude with a concert in the St. Benedict’s chapel.

In residence at St. Benedict’s Lodge, McKenzie Bridge, Oregon

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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.




Carl Linich

Carl-LinichCARL LINICH has been a scholar, teacher,and performer of traditional Georgian polyphonic singing since 1990, and is a member of TrioKavkasia. A fluent Georgian speaker, Carl lived in Georgia for 10 years, and received two prestigious merit awards from the Georgian government in recognition of his work to promote and preserve Georgian folk music. He has worked on numerous publications related to Georgian folk music for the Tbilisi State Conservatory, the State Folklore Center of Georgia, and the International Centre for Georgian Folk Song. Carl has been leading Village Harmony camps since 2000, and toured with Northern Harmony in 2001 and 2002. He currently directs the Supruli Ensemble in New York City and a Georgian choir at Bard College, and sings in a family trio with his two sons.


Gideon Crevoshay

Gideon_Crevoshay_PhotoGideon Crevoshay is a musician from the hills of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. He uses the human voice to explore the countless dimensions of sound, language, improvisation, and ritual. Gideon studies traditional and ancient forms of singing from around the world, including the US, Caucasus, and Mediterranean, finding inspiration in the wisdom contained within these traditions and how they can inform present ideas of music-making and community. He has performed, recorded, and toured extensively with many projects including Tenores de Aterúe, OKAPIS, Mosaïc, Sempervirens, Starry Mountain Singers, Northern Harmony, Cambridge Revels, Briars of North America, Trident Ensemble, Bread and Puppet Theater, and Meredith Monk. Gideon is a member of the international music collective Found Sound Nation and has facilitated its US music residency and festival, OneBeat, since its inception in 2012, having also co-led projects in Turkey, Russia, and the Balkans. He teaches polyphonic singing throughout the US and abroad, both independently and with Village Harmony.



St Benedicts Lodge

st-benedictsLocated on the McKenzie River at the edge of the Willamette National Forest, St Benedicts Lodge is an inspiring setting for singing, with close encounters with Oregon’s famous old-growth fir trees. Rooms are primarily singles, with a few larger rooms, as well as a handicapped-accessible cottage. Easy access to wonderful hiking, hot springs, waterfalls. A big lawn in front, perfect for volleyball, frisbee, and dancing.