Village Harmony

New England Teen Traveling Camp II, 2022 (July 13-31) ($1450)

Date: July 13-31
Venue: Stump Sprouts Retreat Center
Leaders: To Be Determined, Megan Henderson, Lysander Jaffe
Price: $1450. Financial aid available based on need

This camp is open any vaccinated teen up to age 18.  We are very excited to be planning two teen traveling camps this summer with in-person concerts.

Auditions aren’t required to attend Village Harmony camps or workshops. We ask all new teen applicants to answer questions about their singing background and their reasons for applying to Village Harmony as part of the application process. Village Harmony’s basic demand of would-be members is that they be committed to making good music and not hold back.

Our basic model for each camp session, regardless of teaching staff, is the same. We begin with an intensive residential rehearsal week where singers get to know one another and learn a concert program. Rehearsal week for this camp will be at Stump Sprouts Retreat in western Massachusetts. We place tremendous emphasis on authenticity, understanding the spirit and vocal style of each genre, and appreciating the joy of singing together and with conviction.

Rehearsals during the initial retreat week are focused and intense, usually seven or more hours each day, with voice coaching and instrumental work between the group sessions.  Following the rehearsal week, we embark on an eleven day tour, performing each night in small-town community halls, village churches and at festivals, and staying with home-stay hosts at nearly every stop. Most of these communities have hosted Village Harmony repeatedly over the past 31 years.

The leaders for this camp bring experience with a particularly wide variety of music styles and traditions.  Lysander Jaffe will teach songs from Greece, Albania, Corsica and Georgia and will lead an instrumental band.  Megan Henderson will lead several of her own compositions and will accompany a major baroque work. We will be announcing the third director shortly.

We are hoping for some good string or wind players in this session.

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To Be Determined

Additional leader will be confirmed soon

Megan Henderson

megan-hendersonMegan Henderson is a brilliant keyboard player and teacher, singer, composer and choir leader with an insatiable appetite for all kinds of music. She is a collaborative pianist and piano teacher in the Boston area.  She is past music director of Cambridge Revels. Megan is also the organist and choir director at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA, and plays widely for musical theater . As a vocalist, she sings with the Schola Cantorum of Boston and has made numerous recordings with the Boston Camerata. She has toured Europe and England with Northern Harmony and is thrilled to be back again teaching with Village Harmony.






Lysander Jaffe

imagesLYSANDER JAFFE is a singer, violist and co-artistic Director of Palaver Strings, a chamber orchestra and nonprofit based in Portland, ME. He is also a founding member of Culomba, a genre-defying new vocal ensemble based in Boston. A devoted student of traditional music, he has studied with master musicians in Bulgaria, Kosovo, Greece, Corsica, and Georgia. In 2017, he appeared as a soloist with the Cambridge Revels in Sanders Theatre. In 2018, he was awarded an Apprenticeship Grant in Traditional Arts from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to support his studies of the unique violin tradition of Epirus, Greece.

As a teacher, Lysander is passionate about broadening the cultural horizons of students of all backgrounds. He has taught world polyphony styles for Village Harmony since 2013 and has toured Europe several times with its professional ensemble, Northern Harmony. In 2020, he will graduate New England Conservatory with a Masters in Contemporary Improvisation. Read more about Lysander’s work.




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.