Village Harmony

Boston Harmony

Boston Harmony was founded in 2005 by Village Harmony co-directors Patty Cuyler and Larry Gordon and is currently led by Patty and VH alumna and camp leader Sinead O’Mahoney.

Pre-pandemic the ensemble would meet at the Masonic Lodge in Concord, MA, one weekend each month. Saturday rehearsals were 2-8pm with a potluck supper break, and Sundays were 10:30am-3pm with a potluck lunch break. 

We are meeting again in person, but with an abbreviated schedule. Saturday rehearsals are 2-4:30pm, and on Sundays we are meeting from 12noon – 2:30pm. Covid protocols are in place. All singers must be able to submit vaccination records and the group has voted to require negative covid tests prior to each rehearsal weekend. We sing in large, open rooms and shift locations between the building floors each hour.

Here is the weekend rehearsal schedule for the present 2021-22 season.

September 25-26 – October 23-24 – November 13-14 – December 11-12
January 8-9 – February 12-13 – March 12-13 – April 9-10 – CONCERTS TBA

If you are local to Boston and are interested in being a host, let us know. Our plan is to go back to our normal format – two days of long, live rehearsal with potlucks – as soon as circumstances allow. For the time being, we hope that you are willing to go with the flow. along with us.

If we need to be back on zoom for partial or full weekends at any time during the year, we plan to invite guest teachers from around the world to join us to teach, like we did last year.

Tuition is $250 for the year. A self-selected reduced tuition of $175 is available for those who need it.

About our virtual ZOOM choir during 2020-21

Last year Village Harmony
 combined sister choirs Boston Harmony and the Chicago World Music Chorus and added singers from around the world as we inaugurated the Village Harmony Cross-Countries Choir, importing guest teachers from across the globe for a year of virtual collaboration.

Each hour-and-a-half long rehearsal included a lesson with a specialist musician from somewhere around the world zooming in to teach us a song and talk about their music. Rehearsal weekends involved active participation, with call-and-response learning and voluntary self-recording for an end-of-year virtual audio concert.

Choir members had access to Village Harmony’s Thinkific learning platform, where recordings of each zoom lesson were posted for leisurely review. Digital teaching materials reinforced the live teaching, with individual voice parts recordings, performance samples, pronunciation tracks, word sheets, translations, scores and a generous variety of digital background resources to dive into.As circumstances dictate, we may return in part or full to this model going forward into the 2021-22 season.

Last year’s specialty teachers included:

– Lonnie Norwood (African-American gospel, Chicago)
– Bongani Magatyana (South Africa)
– Nicholas Wiliams (Quebec)
– Ketevan Mindorashvili (Republic of Georgia)
– Sandra Santos (Cuba)
– Reza Saffari (Iran)
– Nadia Tarnawsky (Ukraine)
– Olaolu Lawal (Nigeria)
– Emily Miller (W. Virginia)
– Samira Merdzanic (Bosnia)
– Lala Simpson (Madagascar)
– Frederic Vesperini (Corsica)
– Medicine Tale (Native American)
– Polina Shepherd (Yiddish, London)