Village Harmony

Winter Alumni Camp – Dec. 26, 2017- Jan. 6, 2018 ($650)

Date: December 26, 2017 - January 6, 2018
Venue: Village Harmony Headquarters
Leaders: Larry Gordon – Teen Week, Lysander Jaffe – Repertoire Mashup Weekend
Price: $650

Registration is now open for Village Harmony’s
next winter alumni camp, December 26, 2017 – January 6, 2018

We are now accepting registrations for our 2018 winter alumni camp. Leaders will be Larry Gordon and Lysander Jaffe.

The alumni camp is primarily for young adult Village Harmony alumni, but is open to other experienced singers age 18 and older. We deliberately keep the overhead low for this program so that we can make this session affordable for college students and young adults of limited means.

The week-long tour will include eight concerts in Vermont and Massachusetts – complete itinerary below.  The repertoire will include Corsican,  Balkan, shape-note, gospel, Spanish renaissance pieces, and contemporary works.

Accommodations and meals will be at Larry’s spacious house in Marshfield, Vermont with further accommodations at another nearby house.  Rehearsals will be divided between Larry’s house and the nearby Plainfield Friends Meeting.

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Leaders

Larry Gordon – Teen Week

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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Lysander Jaffe – Repertoire Mashup Weekend

imagesLYSANDER JAFFE is a singer, violist and co-artistic Director of Palaver Strings, a chamber orchestra and nonprofit based in Portland, ME. He is also a founding member of Culomba, a genre-defying new vocal ensemble based in Boston. A devoted student of traditional music, he has studied with master musicians in Bulgaria, Kosovo, Greece, Corsica, and Georgia. In 2017, he appeared as a soloist with the Cambridge Revels in Sanders Theatre. In 2018, he was awarded an Apprenticeship Grant in Traditional Arts from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to support his studies of the unique violin tradition of Epirus, Greece.

As a teacher, Lysander is passionate about broadening the cultural horizons of students of all backgrounds. He has taught world polyphony styles for Village Harmony since 2013 and has toured Europe several times with its professional ensemble, Northern Harmony. In 2020, he will graduate New England Conservatory with a Masters in Contemporary Improvisation. Read more about Lysander’s work.

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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.