Village Harmony

New England Traveling Teen Camp III – July 29 – August 16, 2019 – $1375

Date: July 29 - August 16, 2019
Venue: Vermont State Grange Center
Leaders: Bongani Magatyana, Will Thomas Rowan, Lynn Mahoney Rowan
Price: $1375

Bongani Magatyana, from Capetown, South Africa is one of Village Harmony’s most dynamic and inspirational leaders. He has a wonderful ability to transmit the subtleties of South African rhythms and dances. Bongani will teach a variety of his own marvelous compositions in the folk style, as well as traditional church, struggle and wedding songs.

VH alumni Will Thomas Rowan and Lynn Mahoney Rowan will lead the group in an eclectic selection of their own compositions and arrangements, as well as intricate and playful songs from Bulgaria and Quebec.  They will also teach 2- and 3-part Lithuanian songs as well as hypnotic canons in seconds from the ancient Lithuanian sütartines tradition. Will will put together a band with any interested instrumentalists

Other camp activities will include playing and making Lithuanian panpipes, dancing and singing-games, and occasional stories from Norse Mythology.

This session introduces a new venue for Village Harmony, the Vermont State Grange Center, a spacious camp in the countryside in Brookfield, Vermont, in the middle of the state. It has a very large central rehearsal hall with well equipped industrial kitchen with walk-in cooler, and a variety of sleeping spaces.

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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.




Will Thomas Rowan

WILL THOMAS ROWAN is a composer, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist who began singing with Village Harmony when he was 14. He performs with Windborne, a band made up of Village Harmony alumni, which has toured internationally as part of the State Department’s American Music Abroad program. He holds a masters in conducting from Bard Conservatory, and is also an award-winning composer who writes everything from ballads to symphonies. In his other musical endeavors Will has collaborated with Susan Cooper on a Scottish folk music-dance-fairytale at Revels North, sung in a Russian Orthodox Monastery choir, conducted a 25-piece orchestra with chorus at the Fisher Center at Bard, created West African/Anglo-Norse trance-fusion pieces with the Kidimandi percussion ensemble, and has performed covers of Lady Gaga on the banjo more than once. Will is an avid storyteller and delights audiences of all ages with his lively and tongue-in-cheek re-tellings of Norse Mythology. He is delighted to be bringing his friend and collaborator Artūras back to the US on the heels of their Village Harmony tour together in Lithuania last summer.



Lynn Mahoney Rowan

LYNN MAHONEY ROWAN grew up singing in Southern VT with the Amidons, Tony Barrand and other of the region’s pillars of folk music. Village Harmony introduced her to a love of world harmonies as a teenager and she continued to sing and teach with Northern Harmony and the Renewal chorus through college. She tours at home and abroad as a singer and percussionist with her band, Windborne. Lynn establishes and leads world-music choruses wherever she lands including a student-run ensemble at Marlboro College, a community chorus in Keene, NH, and a year-round teen ensemble with Revels North in Hanover, NH. In addition, she was the assistant choral director and appeared as a soloist in the Christmas Revels for six years, and coached many of the other soloists there. Lynn also composes, arranges, and directs music for theater and once developed and put on a folk opera in collaboration with Eric Bass.




Vermont State Grange Center

The Grange Center is a spacious camp owned by the Vermont State Grange.  There is a very large central building with a spacious dining and rehearsal space and an attached  industrial kitchen. The kitchen is particularly well-equipped with walk-in cooler, restaurant style stoves and commercial dishwasher.  There is a central open field: one one side is the dining hall; on another side is a faded 1920’s English style  country mansion with a variety of funky bedrooms; on a third side are several dormitory blocks.  It is located about ten miles north of Randoph Exit (Exit #4) off Interstate 89.