Village Harmony

Winter Weekend at Hulbert Center – Friday-Sunday, February 21 – 23, 2020

Date: February 21-23, 2020
Venue: Hulbert Center
Leaders: Larry Gordon, Patty Cuyler, Frank Watkins
Price: $175 - $320

In New England our ever popular, fourteenth 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, traditional African-American gospel songs, music from Corsica, Caucasus Georgia and the Balkans, 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.

$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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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.


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.










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.


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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