Village Harmony

Teen Residential Camp at Mettabee 2021

Date: July 8 - 18, 2021
Venue: Mettabee Farm & Arts
Leaders: Larry Gordon, Mary Cay Brass, Willy Clemetson
Price: $800

REGISTRATION FOR ALL VILLAGE HARMONY IN-PERSON CAMP SESSIONS WILL OPEN AT 12:OO NOON EDT ON MONDAY, APRIL 19.

While we will in general be accepting singers on a first-come, first-served basis, we will  also prioritize creating a balance of voice parts in each of the camp sessions.

Since camp spaces are so limited this year, be sure to apply as soon as registration opens to better your chances of getting a spot.


Both of our in-person teen camps are open any vaccinated teen up to age 19. This program will have the group in residence (no traveling) together for a full ten glorious days of in-person singing and dancing.

We will be in residence isolated as a pod at beautiful Mettabee Farm near Hillsdale, New York for the entire program. Our ten days together will culminate with three outdoor concerts within close driving distance in the surrounding area.

We will also film our concert program for later posting online.

Village Harmony founder Larry Gordon will be joined by Mary Cay Brass, who taught with Larry at some of the organization’s earliest teen programs over 35 years ago.

The third member on the teaching staff will be intern and VH alumnus Willy Clemetson.

Larry will lead South African songs and dances, shape-note Georgian and Corsican songs, and some early music pieces.  Mary Cay will bring a wealth of experience with Balkan songs as well as other American repertoire.

We plan tol do a lot of dancing: contras, English country and Balkan dancing. Willy and Mary Cay will enlist instrumentalists among the group into a Balkan band for daily dancing and accompanying songs in the concert program.

This year we are extending the eligibility age of both of our teen camps to 19, to allow those whose last year would have been in 2020 one more chance to attend camp.


NOTE: All participants this summer MUST be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend. There will be no exceptions.

REGISTRATION FOR VILLAGE HARMONY CAMP IN-PERSON SESSIONS WILL OPEN AT 12:OO NOON EDT ON MONDAY, APRIL 19.
At that time the sign-up button will go live.

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Leaders

Larry Gordon

Village 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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Mary Cay Brass

Mary Cay Brass of Athens, Vermont taught at her first Village Harmony camp 30 years ago. She directs two very popular “Village Harmony” style community choirs in Vermont and Massachusetts and is the co-musical director with Peter Amidon of the Hallowell Hospice Choir. Mary Cay is also a dynamic contra-dance keyboardist and accordion player. She spent two and a half years in the former Yugoslavia on a Fulbright Scholarship in ethnomusicology and has published two book/CD collections of music from that region. Mary Cay has  organized and led four Village Harmony trips to the Republic of Macedonia and four to Bosnia, and co-led a Lithuania camp. Her website is www.marycaybrass.com

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Willy Clemetson

Willy participated in Village Harmony teen camps beginning at age 13 and since graduating has been a part of numerous Northern Harmony tours.  He is a remarkable singer and fiddle player and plays with the contra-dance band Spintuition.  He is a also a wonderful cook.

Venue

Mettabee Farm & Arts

Mettabee Farm in Hillsdale, New York is a 165-acre working farm dedicated to community wellness through organic farming practices and the arts. Mettabee Farm produces organically grown herbs and vegetables, registered breeding stock Shetland ewes and rams; various wool products sold on-site; concerts, seasonal contra dances; special events for children and adults; educational programming and children’s camps.

We will be using the farm’s beautifully renovated barn for rehearsals and on-site dormitory rooms during the camp session.