Village Harmony

Winter Weekend at Hulbert Center, Fairlee, VT – Feb. 22 – 24, 2019

Date: February 22-24, 2019
Venue: Hulbert Center
Leaders: Patty Cuyler, Mollie Stone, Frank Watkins
Price:

In New England our ever popular, thirteenth annual winter weekend will be held at the Hulbert Center in northeastern Vermont, its expansive grounds offering opportunities for cross-country skiing as well as ice skating on Lake Morey.

We’ll sing both as a big group and in smaller classes from the wide range of world music traditions for which Village Harmony is famed, including songs from the American shape-note and gospel traditions, folk songs from Corsica and Sardinia, music from Caucasus Georgia and Bulgaria, and dance-songs from South Africa. As always, Saturday night will feature a dance party with food and libations. We’ll be putting together a dance band to supplement recorded music with any singers who bring instruments to the weekend.

The weekend begins with supper at 6:00pm followed by our first singing session. The party ends on Sunday at 3:00pm.

Accommodations at Hulbert Center are largely quadruple rooms with some double rooms available. Cabins are winterized and cozy. Commuters are welcome.

Tuition:
$240 per person in 4-person shared bunk room
$320 per person for a double room
$200 special teen price
$175 for commuters

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Leaders

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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Mollie Stone

Mollie Stone

MOLLIE STONE is a Chicago native internationally renowned for her workshops on black South African choral music. Mollie has served as a conductor at Chicago Children’s Choir since 2005 and at the University of Chicago 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.

Frank Watkins

Frank Watkins is currently assistant 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.

Venue

Hulbert Center

HOC Cabin BedroomAccommodations at Hulbert Center are largely quadruple rooms with some double rooms available. Cabins are winterized and cozy. Commuters are welcome.

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