Village Harmony

New England Teen Traveling Camp 2021

Date: July 29 - August 15
Venue: Village Harmony Headquarters
Leaders: Larry Gordon, Sinead O’Mahoney, Avery Book
Price: $1400

This camp is open any vaccinated teen up to age 19.  We are unspeakably excited to be planning a New England teen traveling camp this summer—albeit in a somewhat modified format than in the past.

Our rehearsal week will be spent together at Larry’s spacious homestead in Marshfield, Vermont

During the ensuing ten days of traveling and performing, however, instead of home-stays we will be group camping at four different Vermont state parks: Lake Shaftesbury, Grand Isle, Elmore and Quechee.

All of our performances on our concert tour will be outdoors, at the parks and in surrounding communities.

We will also be recording our concert program to post online at the end of the camp session.

This camp will feature the eclectic range of polyphonic repertoire for which Village Harmony is renowned: American shape-note songs, traditional songs songs from Georgia, the Balkans and Corsica, South African dance songs and early music.

Larry plans to lead daily contra-, English country and Balkan dancing during the rehearsal week residency and he is hoping to have instrumentalists join in playing some of the Balkan songs and dances.

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


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

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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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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 also co-led the Mettabee Village Harmony choir with Larry Gordon and has helped host many Village Harmony online workshops. 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. She currently lives in the greater Boston area.

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Avery Book

Book-AveryAVERY BOOK, of Burlington, 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. Avery will be teaching songs from the Republic of Georgia, Sardinia, Bosnia, and North American social movements. He has traveled and studied in Sardinia, Georgia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, and the British Isles. Avery teaches harmony singing at the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture and Village Harmony, and is a co-founder and director of the Central Vermont Solidarity Singers. He has a dynamic and warm teaching style with an emphasis on community building, supportive risk-taking, and creative pedagogy.

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Venue

Village Harmony Headquarters

Rehearsal week will be at Larry’s spacious 3-level house 15 miles northeast of Montpelier, nestled in woodlands off a dirt road. We can choose from bunkrooms, a screen house in the woods, or beds in the retired VH tour buses down the hill from the main house.