Village Harmony

Village Harmony’s 30th Reunion Weekend! August 30 – September 2, 2019

Date: August 30-September 2, 2019
Venue: Windridge Camp
Leaders: Larry Gordon, Patty Cuyler, Suzannah Park, Bongani Magatyana, Other leaders TBA
Price: $175-$325, dependent on accommodation choice

Early-bird pricing is in effect until January 1, 2018.

A not-to-be-missed event for any Village Harmony camp or workshop alum! Over the long Labor Day weekend (Friday evening-Monday mid-afternoon) 2019.

Come reunite with old friends, and sing and dance with us as we celebrate 30 YEARS next Labor Day weekend. The event will be held at Windridge Camp in Roxbury, Vermont, which is 15 miles south of Montpelier, 10 minutes from Northfield, and one hour from Burlington Airport.  It is a beautiful facility with a magnificent dining hall, two dance pavillions, several other smaller singing spaces, a swimming pool, and lots of nice hiking trails in the adjacent state forest.  Accommodations are mostly in a score of rustic dormitory cabins with adjoining capacious bathhouses.  There are a small number of private ensuite double cabins and double rooms in the on-location Inn.  These will be first come, first served.  You can also register as a commuter and book local B&B accommodations.

OPPORTUNITY ALERT: If you have the time and want a longer reunion than just the weekend, check out our special 7-day REUNION WEEK CAMP, which begins on the previous Monday, August 26 and continues through the Anniversary Weekend.

Each day will be filled with multiple singing workshops and dance sessions, led by returning Village Harmony directors. The evenings will feature special big-group events, including a shape-note sing, two contra-dances featuring a stupendous VH alumni band and a big performance evening. The weekend will end after lunch on Monday with a final group sing.

Don’t wait. Pen the dates into your calendar, and go online to sign up. A 25% deposit will hold your place, with the balance due on April 1, 2019. Early-bird pricing is in effect until January 1, 2018.

We are deliberately keeping fees low for this event, to encourage everyone possible to attend. Therefore, if you can afford it, we urge you to sign up at one of the two higher tuition levels we’ve set up on our registration site, a portion of which will be tax-deductible as a donation to Village Harmony’s 30th Anniversary Fund. One use of this fund will be to provide transportation to the event for music directors volunteering for the event who live far away.

We are offering 30 discounted residential places for people who will help out in the kitchen, one meal each day; these are available online on a first-come basis (AND ARE DISAPPEARING FAST). Commuters are also welcome to attend at a discount.

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Leaders

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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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.

Patty co-leads the community world music choir Boston Harmony (which she founded in 2005) as well as the Brooklyn World Music Chorus (since 2012)—both of which she commutes by air to conduct—and the Chicago World Music Chorus (2013) closer to home.

 

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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. Weather she’s teaching American ballads, South African songs and dances or Appalachian clogging, laughter and good times abound. When not on tour with Village Harmony Suzannah can be found singing with the Starry Mountain Singers, leading the Wild Asheville Community Chorus and kicking up her heels with the Green Grass Cloggers. www.suzannahpark.com

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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.

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Venue

Windridge Camp

Windridge Camp was the site of our Village Harmony 25th Anniversary Reunion weekend in 2014, and it is a marvelous facility.  There are more than a score of rustic dormitory cabins, with adjacent bathhouses, a beautiful large dining hall, two dance pavilions, several other smaller singing spaces, a few private double cabins, a swimming pool, all bordering a state forest with extensive walking trails. Bedding is not normally provided, but bedding sets can be rented from Windridge.