Village Harmony

This summer’s virtual workshop leaders

Inna Kovtun

Sitting at a table of elderly song-bearers, their table completely covered with food harvested from their fields as they sing songs that reach into the depth of your soul and remain in your heart.  Songs of love, of the changing seasons, of loss.  This is the manner in which Inna Kovtun, artistic director of the Rozhanytsia and Kalyna ensembles of Kyiv, Ukraine has collected songs and folk dances in the Ukrainian countryside. We are excited to have her join us from Kyiv for the first time this summer.

To Be Determined

Additional leader will be confirmed soon

Emma Björling

Emma Björling is one of the leading singers of Swedish folk songs performing these days. She is a member of the bands Lyy and Skye Consort with Emma Björling, as well as vocal groups Kongero and Baravox. She has also toured widely with the well-known Swedish folk band Ranarim. Emma has been performing in choirs since the age of six, and studied both jazz and classical music before returning to the traditional music she first heard her grandfather play on the fiddle. She teaches at a folk music college and at the Department of Music and Media in Piteå, conducts workshops in traditional Swedish music, and writes arrangements for choirs and vocal groups.

Matlakala Bopape

matlakalalgMATLAKALA BOPAPE, of Polokwane, South Africa, is the director of Polokwane Choral Society—a community-based group whose aim is nurturing musical talent in African society. As a director, Matlakala is committed to drawing out musical excellence from her singers, as well as exposing them to musical cultures of the world. Her limitless patience, careful attention to vocal technique, and rich repertoire of folk and contemporary South African choral music make her a formidable teacher. Matlakala’s first taught with Village Harmony in Italy in 2000 after a fortuitous initial meeting with Patty & Larry at Festival 500 in St. John, Newfoundland the previous summer

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Patty Cuyler

Patty Cuyler photoPATTY CUYLER, born in California, educated at Princeton University, long-time resident of Vermont and currently living in Chicago, IL, is an energetic, dynamic workshop leader and choral director and is internationally-renowned for her expertise in teaching Corsican, Georgian and South African music. She has been co-director of Village Harmony since 1995 and over the years spear-headed the expansion of the organization’s reach into the four corners of the globe. It was primarily Patty’s vision and labor that shaped Village Harmony’s response to the pandemic year.

Patty has co-led Village Harmony’s community world music choir Boston Harmony (which she founded) since 2005 as well as the Chicago World Music Chorus (2013) closer to home.

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Olaolu Lawal

Olaolu Lawal is an arranger and composer of African choral music, currently living in Norway where he is a doctoral student in ethnomusicology in Trondheim. Ola’s works such as Gunugun and Kabiyesi have been performed at several choral events across Nigeria, Africa and in the World Choir Games. Ola is also a record producer and a recording artist and is currently recording an album of a collection of Yoruba folk songs that are reproduced via an amalgamation of live and digitally sampled percussion instruments.

Carl Linich

Carl-LinichCARL LINICH has been a scholar, teacher,and performer of traditional Georgian polyphonic singing since 1990, and is a member of TrioKavkasia. A fluent Georgian speaker, Carl lived in Georgia for 10 years, and received two prestigious merit awards from the Georgian government in recognition of his work to promote and preserve Georgian folk music. He has worked on numerous publications related to Georgian folk music for the Tbilisi State Conservatory, the State Folklore Center of Georgia, and the International Centre for Georgian Folk Song. Carl has been leading Village Harmony camps since 2000, and toured with Northern Harmony in 2001 and 2002. He currently directs the Supruli Ensemble in New York City and a Georgian choir at Bard College, and sings in a family trio with his two sons. www.kavkasia.com

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Bongani Magatyana

BONGANI 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 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.

Bongani’s 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 since 2012, co-leading annual study-performance camps and workshops in South Africa, the US and the EU.  A dancer as well as singer, and he is particularly adept at communicating the elusive rhythms of South African songs.

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Samira Merdzanic

samiraSAMIRA MERDZANIC was a dynamic co-leader at our 2016 Bosnia camp. She subsequently came to the US to teach at a Village Harmony teen camp during the summer of 2017. Samira teaches accordion and leads many choirs in her home town of Bugojno. Since 1996 she has led an all girls’ choir, Bugojno Vocal Ensemble which focuses on preserving the traditional and sacred vocal traditions of Bosnia and neighboring countries. She also leads a children’s choir and a choir focusing on Croatian folk and spiritual traditions in Bosnia. Samira is very active in promoting concerts, choir festivals and exchanges throughout Bosnia and the Balkans.

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Ketevan Mindorashvili

mindorashviliketevanlgKetevan Mindorashvili was born in Sighnaghi in the eastern province of Kakheti in (the Republic of) Georgia. She was raised in a traditional singing family. Founder and director of the Zedashe Ensemble, Keto showed a gift for singing since childhood and continued to study music technique extensively in university. She devoted herself to preserving traditions on the brink of disappearance, and has become known as a singer and a teacher of Georgian folk music, particularly the fluid ornamentation of eastern folk songs. She has a deep knowledge of ancient church chant, and is a master of the panduri, the three-stringed lute from the eastern Georgian region of Kakheti.

Keto has searched valleys and mountains for ancient polyphony, collecting folk songs and chants, as well as writing her own music within the tradition. Today she hosts students from all over the world in her native Sighnaghi and travels internationally leading tours of Zedashe and teaching workshops. She has appeared on all Zedashe recordings to date, and has participated in numerous tours to the United States, United Kingdom, and throughout Europe. Keto has been teaching Village Harmony groups in Georgia (and in Corsica in 2014) since 2003.

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Lonnie Norwood

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, LONNIE NORWOOD, JR, grew up with an unquenchable passion for music and community service. A conductor with Chicago Childrens’ Choir, Lonnie is active as a choral clinician, helping educators and ensembles understand the historical significance, vocal technique, and the social justice aspects of gospel music and African American spirituals. Recent work has included workshops with ensembles at the University of Chicago, teaching & singing with Village Harmony in South Africa, musical exchanges with members of the Bahamas National Youth Choir and Bahamian musicians, BFli Young Artists Camp at ETA Theater Chicago, and with SongRoots (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) teaching gospel and spirituals. He has also begun authoring articles along these lines of interests.

Suzannah Park

SuzannahVH-2013SUZANNAH PARK comes from a family of three generations of ballad singers, storytellers, and dancers and lives in the North Carolina mountains of her birth. She began teaching at Village Harmony in 2000 after participating as a camper since the age of twelve. Her joyous and intuitive teaching style, born of a lifetime of familiarity with traditional music, makes singers old and young feel at home in the songs that she shares and with each other. Whether she is teaching American ballads, South African songs and dances or Appalachian clogging, laughter and good times abound. When not on tour with Village Harmony Suzannah leads the Wild Asheville Community Chorus and kicks up her heels with the Green Grass Cloggers. www.suzannahpark.com

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Reza Saffari

Reza Saffari (born May 23, 1991), is an Iranian pop singer, songwriter, actor, painter and illustrator from Gilan Province in northwestern Iran. Reza started learning solfège and music theory since he was 13. Four years later, at the age of 17, he started his career as a pop singer. He also is in love with, and likes to perform, traditional folk music from his home region Gilan, sung in the Gilaki dialect. A good way to get an idea of what Reza is up to is by going to his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/RezaSaffariChannel

Lala Simpson

Lala Simpson comes from the musically diverse Island of Madagascar. She permanently moved to New Zealand in 2002.  Lala grew up immersed in the music and dance of her homeland and that of France, the Islands of the Indian Ocean and Africa. Lala speaks 3 languages fluently and applies her skills for learning a new language to learn songs from other cultures. She runs regular open community singing workshop in Wellington and around New Zealand teaching her original songs and songs from other countries.

Sandra Santos Canizares

DSC_2065A pianist and conservatory student from an early age and graduate in choral conducting from Cuba’s Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán, Sandra Santos was a solo singer and children’s choir director before joining the prize-winning women’s ensemble Vocal Luna as director.  In 2007 she founded the girl’s choir Lunitas. In 2011 Sandra assumed directorship of Coral Children of Musica Antigua; and in 2013 she founded the youth choir Young Cantoras.

Sandra was one of Village Harmony’s teachers in Havana at our 2017 and 2018 camps in Cuba. We are thrilled that Sandra is now living in Bloomington, IN.
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Polina Shepherd

Polina Shepherd (Skovoroda) was born in Siberia and grew up in a home where songs were regularly sung at a family table. Now an internationally-renowned singer, she brings the songs of the Steppes and the Shtetl up to date with passion and haunting soul. Her singing, though based on traditional forms, cuts a sound deeply rooted in east European Jewish and Russian folk. Growing up in Tatarstan also placed her close to Islamic ornamentation and timbre, which can be heard in her unique vocal style and four-octave range.

While living in Kazan (capital of Tatarstan, Central Russia) and studying at the State Academy, Polina joined Russiaʹs first klezmer band after Perestroika, Simcha (1990-2000). She soon became the principal Yiddish choir leader of the former Soviet Union, composing original material for large groups of voices and touring internationally with her Quartet Ashkenazim (1991-2007).

Polina moved to the UK in 2003. A pianist and composer as well as performing artist, she also  works as an educator leading choral workshops internationally. Polina’s specially-developed choral teaching methods are based on specific East European sound, ornamentation, modal experimentation with attention to stylistic details, history and context.

Adam Simon & Sophie Michaux

Adam Simon—born and raised in Cambridge, MA— and his wife, French mezzo-soprano Sophie Michaux, are avid folk singers performing frequently with Northern Harmony. As the folk music duo “Sophie et Adam” alongside they frequently perform a varied repertoire of European and American folk music, including their own compositions and arrangements. An accomplished composer, Adam has enjoyed many recent performances and commissions from nationally acclaimed ensembles. Sophie’s unique background—born in London but raised in the French Alps—informs her artistic identity, making her feel at home in an eclectic span of repertoire ranging from grand opera to French cabaret songs. The two will teach one of Adam’s original songs and, time permitting, a traditional Croatian klapa song.

Elitsa Stoyneva Krastev

Elitsa Stoyneva Krastev is a seven-time gold medalist in traditional folk singing from Bulgaria. Elitsa graduated from a professional music school and she has performed at numerous concerts and competitions in Bulgaria and around the world. After coming to the United States, Elitsa continued to sing and has been a special guest singers in many music halls, including Berklee Performance Center in Boston, the Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn and Sanders Theater at Harvard University.

Mollie Stone

Mollie Stone

MOLLIE STONE is a Chicago native internationally renowned for her workshops on black South African choral music. Mollie served as a conductor at Chicago Children’s Choir from 2005-2020 and has been director of the University of Chicago’s two largest choirs since 2011. Mollie earned her master’s degree in classical choral conducting from Westminster Choir College and her conducting doctorate from Northwestern University. In 2001, she received a grant from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation to create a DVD, Vela, Vela, to help educators learn and teach black South African choral music in the oral tradition. In 2006, Mollie received another grant to study how South Africans are using choral music in the struggle against HIV, which became the topic of her highly-acclaimed doctoral thesis. Mollie has been teaching with Village Harmony since 2009.

Brendan Taaffe

Brendan-TaaffejpgBRENDAN TAAFFE, based in Brattleboro, has been leading singing workshops around the world since 2004. An active composer, he specializes in American harmony styles and Zimbabwean makwayera style singing. In 2011, Brendan spent a month working with choirs in Zimbabwe to document songs from that tradition. He is a founding member of the Bright Wings Chorus and directs Turtle Dove, an organization that runs singing camps for adults. Brendan is also a multi-instrumentalist on guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mbira and holds an M.A. in performance from the Irish World Music Centre at the University of Limerick.

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Nadia Tarnawsky

TarnawskyNadiaNadia Tarnawsky has been studying Eastern European singing techniques for nearly three decades. In 2002 she received a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship which allowed her to travel to Ukraine to collect folk songs and folklore. She has taught Ukrainian village style singing in workshops for the Center for Traditional Music and Dance in New York city, Village Harmony in Vermont and Oregon, the Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble in San Francisco, and the Black Forest Fancies in New Orleans among others. In 2011 she received a Traditional Arts Fellowship from Artist Trust. She sang under the tutelage of Yevgeny Yefremov with Ensemble Hilka of New York in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster in Ukraine.  A recording of this repertoire was recently released on the Smithsonian Folkways label.

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Frederic Vesperini

Frederic VesperiniSpartimu EnsembleFREDERIC VESPERINI of Ajaccio, Corsica is a long-time member (and currently director) of Ensemble Spartimu. Specializing in the traditional folk and sacred polyphony of Corsica, the ensemble is regularly invited to in prestigious international festivals, most recently including trips to Sardinia, to Poland and to Tbilisi, Georgia. Over the past decade the ensemble has have added brilliant performances of music from the Republic of Georgia to their repertoire. Spartimu has recorded two CDs. Village Harmony has met to share music with Fred and Spartimu in Ajaccio on nearly every trip we have made to Corsica since 2004.

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Nicholas Williams

Nicholas Williams has developed a reputation as a versatile and sought-after musician in the traditional music scenes of Québec and New England.  His rhythmic yet nuanced style of flute playing draws from Irish and Scottish traditions, as well as from his studies of classical North Indian music.

After completing a BFA in world music and composition at York University, Nicholas moved to Québec in 2000, where he has enjoyed exploring the common ground of his own diverse musical experiences with the rich Québécois musical tradition.

Also an accomplished accordion and piano player, he has been a member of the band Genticorum since 2000, in Crowfoot since 2005, plays with fiddler Laura Risk, and also is half of the Alex Kehler & Nicholas Williams duo.

Zedashe Ensemble

zedashe-dancingZedashe Ensemble, directed by Ketevan Mindorashvili, was founded in the mid-1990s to sing repertoire that had been largely lost during the Communist era. The group is known for their performance of ancient three-part chants from the Orthodox Christian liturgy, folk songs from the Kiziqian region as collected from village song-masters and old publications, and folk dances from the region. The group’s name is taken from the special earthenware jug, or zedashe, that was buried under the family home for the purpose of making wine.

Frank Watkins

Frank Watkins is professor of music and Director of Choral Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. A native of Omaha, Nebraska and raised as a gospel singer and pianist, Frank holds degrees in piano performance from Jackson State University and the University of Arkansas, and advanced degrees in choral conducting from Northwestern University and Michigan State University. In 2016 Frank went to Corsica as a participant in Village Harmony’s camp there, and was inspired to take his  own students the following year to Dakar, Senegal, where they studied the use of hip-hop and rap as a form of non-violent political protest. Frank’s research interests include the inter-sectionality of race, class, and gender in the music of African-American Women in the 21st century. Frank’s love and passion are teaching. It is his goal to make an impact—not just an impression—on the lives of those that follow his baton.

Many Village Harmony Leaders

The Summer 2020 virtual camps will feature many pairs and trios of our wonderful Village Harmony teachers.

Willy Clemetson

Willy participated in Village Harmony teen camps beginning at age 13 and since graduating has been a part of numerous Northern Harmony tours.  He is a remarkable singer and fiddle player and plays with the contra-dance band Spintuition.  He is a also a wonderful cook.

Sora Harris-Vincent – Repertoire Mashup Weekend

Sora Harris-Vincent is a singer currently based in Los Angeles. Growing up in Vermont, she attended her first Village Harmony concert at the influential age of 12 and knew she had to join the locally based world music group. Sora has sung with Village Harmony ever since, traveling all around the US as well as internationally in Macedonia, Corsica and Bulgaria to learn and perform music. in 2017 she toured around Europe with Northern Harmony where she thoroughly enjoyed performing nightly concerts and teaching workshops to singers of all ages and musical abilities. As an elementary school teacher, Sora has worked hard to incorporate music into the classroom to engage and excite young learners with music from around the world. Sora was recently involved in musical projects on both coasts, traveling between Boston and Los Angeles to tour and perform traditional American and world folk music with her vocal ensemble, Culomba.

Heidi Wilson

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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.
www.HeidiAnnWilson.com

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Sarina Partridge

Sarina Partridge is a musician, song-leader and educator in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She feels most alive when learning, creating and sharing songs, and enjoys singing, teaching, and touring with a wide variety of music projects – Eastern European and Yiddish song, old-time music, community song-leading… and everything in between.  Sarina has worked as a classroom teacher for the past ten years, weaving music into the everyday work and joy of building and sustaining community – it works for grown ups, too! Sarina leads a community choir in her neighborhood in Minneapolis, and leads workshops  with choirs around the country. She has a passion for connecting people with their own creativity and with community, and uses singing to help folks develop a sense of wonder for this wild world around us. All of us have a right and a need to make music, stretch ourselves, grow, and play. Let’s sing!
www.sarinapartridge.com
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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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Northern Harmony

Northern Harmony 2008Northern Harmony’s brilliant young singers always share in the teaching at workshops.   Many of them have participated in Village Harmony and Northern Harmony tours since their young teens, and many have studied traditional vocal styles first hand in Georgia, South Africa, Corsica and the Balkans.

Lysander Jaffe

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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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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Kathy Bullock

Kathy BullockKATHY BULLOCK has been a Professor of Music at Berea College in Kentucky for 23 years, where she chairs the department, teaches theory and ethnomusicology, and directs the Black Music Ensemble, a 70- voice choir that specializes in the performance of African-American sacred music. She is a member of the American Spiritual Ensemble and she performs, lectures, and leads workshops in the United States, Great Britain, Ghana, and Jamaica on music and culture of the African diaspora.

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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.

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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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Mary Cay Brass

Mary Cay Brass of Athens, Vermont taught at her first Village Harmony camp 30 years ago. She directs two very popular “Village Harmony” style community choirs in Vermont and Massachusetts and is the co-musical director with Peter Amidon of the Hallowell Hospice Choir. Mary Cay is also a dynamic contra-dance keyboardist and accordion player. She spent two and a half years in the former Yugoslavia on a Fulbright Scholarship in ethnomusicology and has published two book/CD collections of music from that region. Mary Cay has  organized and led four Village Harmony trips to the Republic of Macedonia and four to Bosnia, and co-led a Lithuania camp. Her website is www.marycaybrass.com

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Megan Henderson

megan-hendersonMegan Henderson is a brilliant keyboard player and teacher, singer, composer and choir leader with an insatiable appetite for all kinds of music. She is a collaborative pianist and piano teacher in the Boston area.  She is past music director of Cambridge Revels. Megan is also the organist and choir director at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA, and plays widely for musical theater . As a vocalist, she sings with the Schola Cantorum of Boston and has made numerous recordings with the Boston Camerata. She has toured Europe and England with Northern Harmony and is thrilled to be back again teaching with Village Harmony.

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Scott Sexton

Scott Sexton is a dynamic music teacher and choral director based Troy University in Alabama where he conducts several choirs. He earned degrees in choral music education from Troy (B.M.E.) and the University of Mississippi (M.M.). Scott is known for his passion in teaching and performing world choral music. He has traveled the world performing and collecting music and is best known for his immersive music experiences in Ghana, Bosnia and the American South. In addition to choral conducting, he is also an accomplished instrumentalist and enjoys accompanying his singers on piano and autoharp, as well as learning how to play instruments from around the world. Scott has participated in Village Harmony camps in Macedonia and Bosnia. This will be his second Village Harmony camp as a co-leader.