Village Harmony

New England Teen Traveling Camp I – June 23 – July 11, 2020 – $1375

Date: June 23 - July 11, 2020
Venue: Stump Sprouts Retreat Center
Leaders: Avery Book, Bongani Magatyana, Sinead O’Mahoney
Price: $1375

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Leaders

Avery Book

Book-AveryAVERY BOOK, from Plainfield, 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. He has traveled a number of times to The Republic of Georgia and is currently working on a set of educational recordings and transcriptions of traditional Georgian music.  Avery is a founder of two chapters of the Vermont Solidarity Singers, a group of singers and song leaders that lead and adapt songs for Vermont social and environmental justice movements. He is a member of a number of touring musical ensembles. When he isn’t singing, Avery is a community organizer.

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Bongani Magatyana

Bongani_MagatyanaBONGANI 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 very 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.  His 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 in South Africa and the US since 2012.  He is a wonderful dancer as well as singer, and he is particularly adept at communicating the elusive rhythms of South African songs.

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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, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and has taken three 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, and she became a co-director of VH’s community choir Boston Harmony in 2018. 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 she is currently living in greater Boston and working as a middle/high school choral director in Georgetown, MA. This will be Sinead’s fourth year teaching at Village Harmony camp.

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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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