Village Harmony

New England Traveling Teen Camp II – July 6-25, 2017 – $1375

Date: July 6-25, 2017
Venue: Stump Sprouts Retreat Center
Leaders: Avery Book, Gideon Crevoshay, Heidi Wilson
Price: $1375

This session will be led by a team of three of Village Harmony’s most lively and talented young teachers, all from Vermont: Gideon Crevoshay, Avery Book and Heidi Wilson.

Concert repertoire will include thrilling harmony-singing traditions from around the world: traditional and contemporary American shape note pieces; Georgian, Corsican and Sardinian traditional songs; social movement songs; and some of Heidi’s original pieces.

Gideon Crevoshay, born in the hills of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, grew up singing and traveling with Village Harmony around the globe. He will teach from his repertoire of traditional and ancient forms of singing from the US, Caucasus, and Mediterranean, exploring the wisdom contained within these traditions and how they can inform present ideas of music making and community.

Avery Book will teach traditional songs from the island of Sardinia and from Caucasus Georgia, and songs from the American civil rights movement. Avery, who has been singing with Village Harmony since he was a teenager himself, founded the Burlington Solidarity Singers, a group of singers and song leaders that lead and adapt songs for Vermont social and environmental justice organizations.

Heidi Wilson is a singer-songwriter with a passion for sharing original compositions and folk songs inspired by and in service to community and the natural world; songs that celebrate the seasons, offer thanks and praise, lull babies to sleep, muster courage, and make room for healing.

Gideon, Avery and Heidi will be placing emphasis on this tour on teaching—and helping the group together create—a shared repertoire of songs that are “socially alive” and performed for a particular purpose: work songs, political resistance songs, traditional lullabies and healing songs, and celebratory songs from across the centuries and the globe.

The group will not only explore the cultural, social, and political context of their music and their relationship to it, but then put their songs into action, exploiting special opportunities while on tour to sing not just to but with their host communities.

Our intention will be to foster unusual musical connections and exchanges with the communities we are visiting as much as possible. In addition to the regular concert tour performances are plans to sing work songs on family farms in Maine and Vermont as we actually help to harvest crops, song-sharing with a hospice choir, the exchange repertoire with song leader-singers in Vermont who are using music in the context of social movements, and connecting with local refugee communities.

Join this special tour as we cultivate a space of creativity and confidence-building, learning (and creating new) music together to sing in camp, on tour, and in life!

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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.



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.


Heidi Wilson

Village Harmony

Heidi Wilson’s passion is to share songs in service to community and the wild world; songs that celebrate the seasons, bring groups together, offer thanks, muster courage, make room for healing and grieving, and those songs that send us on our journeys and welcome us back home. She is drawn to the potent and surprising journey of deep-listening and collaborative music making. Heidi has been leading community a cappella singing groups in Vermont for the last 14 years including work with the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture, Village Harmony, Burlington Integrated Arts Academy, Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Interfaith Partners of St Johnsbury, and Sterling College. Some of Heidi’s recent musical influences include and trainings include Bobby McFerrin’s improvisational Circlesongs, Rhiannon’s Vocal River work, and Ysaye Barnwell’s Building A Vocal Community.





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.