Village Harmony

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Village Harmony is the umbrella organization for a diverse range of choral, world music and harmony singing activities under the direction of Larry Gordon and Patty Cuyler. Our ensembles include Village Harmony, Northern Harmony, Boston Harmony, the Brooklyn World Music Chorus, the Chicago World Music Chorus, and our many Village Harmony Summer Camp ensembles.

Online registration is now open for the 2016-17 season of Boston Harmonydirected by Patty and Larry. Since 2005 the inter-generational world music chorus—which meets one weekend per month at the Concord Masonic Lodge in Concord, MA—has drawn scores of enthusiastic amateur and professional singers from all around New England. Rehearsal weekends will be: October 22-23, November 12-13, December 10-11, January 14-15, February 11-12, March 11-12, and April 8-9, with scheduled performances on April 22, 29 and 30.
Register online.

We are now accepting applications for a special winter study-performance program in Cuba, February 21-March 2, 2017. The 10-day exploratory choral workshop is intended for experienced singers and choral directors who can sight-read with fluency, are able to tackle complicated rhythms and who are ready for some serious study of Cuban choral music and Afro-Cuban singing and dance. We are aiming to create a balance of vocal parts and have room for 18-20 singers. Apply as soon as possible; registration will be closed and acceptances sent out on October 1st.
Read more about the Cuba program.

We will be posting our 2017 summer camp details in mid-October, at which time we will also start accepting applications. Once you have chosen a camp session, don’t wait to apply. Spaces in popular programs often fill up fast, sometimes within weeks of the opening of registration. Apply early, and be sure to indicate a second choice camp session. In addition to four teen performance camps in New England and one in the Midwest, adult residential weeks in western Massachusetts and in Oregon, we will be offering a pioneering 2-week long program in Lithuania, as well as camps in South Africa and the Republic of Georgia.

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Village Harmony Updates

  • Sept. 24, 2016: Village Harmony Cape Town Choir Festival

    Village Harmony has pledged to support Cape Town musician Bongani Magatyana as he organizes the first “Village Harmony Choir Festival” to be held in Cape Town on September 24, 2016. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to fully fund this year’s festival promoting traditional black South African community choral singing.

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    Help us meet our $10,000 goal by making a tax-deductible donation now.


    In recent years South Africa’s choral scene has increasingly been dominated by choral competitions prioritizing the performance of the music from the western classical cannon. Preparing for round after round of competitions leaves little time or incentive for black choirs to perform their own traditional choral music for the local community or to create new folk compositions in the old style. This means that a lot of young black South Africans are now missing out on exposure to the rich repertoire that we’ve been so privileged to learn in our Village Harmony camps and choruses through the years.

    The festival, which is intended to be annual, will provide an essential new venue outside of the pervasive competition choir scene and will offer financial incentives for black South African composers to write new “traditional” songs for choirs. Bongani is hoping that a successful first festival will attract local private and government funding for future years.

    Ten Cape Town high school, university and church choirs have been invited to participate. Each ensemble will prepare a set of older folk songs and will be given funds to commission new songs composed in the traditional choral folk style, which they will also perform at the festival. The choristers will receive free transportation to and from the festival and free meals, and the choir organizations will receive honorariums for their participation.

    An internationally-acclaimed director-composer, Bongani has been teaching Village Harmony groups in South Africa and in the United States since 2012 . Deeply moved by his experiences with Village Harmony, Bongani also wants the event to to expose singers to other folk music genres. He has asked Village Harmony directors Larry Gordon, Patty Cuyler and Mollie Stone to come to Cape Town a week in advance to rehearse a special world music ensemble with three singers chosen from each of the participating choirs.

    You can help to preserve and sustain this important folk tradition. Help us meet our $10,000 goal by making a tax-deductible donation now.


    If you make a donation of any size, we will send you a download link to recordings from the festival when it is over.

    Or, you can send your check donation to:
    Village Harmony, 5748 Hollister Hill Road, Marshfield, VT 05658

     

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  • Village Harmony Diversity Scholarship Campaign

    For over 27 years Village Harmony has been a place where teenagers who don’t follow the beaten path have been able to come together and experience the sheer power of making music as a community with their peers. But there are still plenty of singers who aren’t represented in our camps in large numbers, including underprivileged students who could greatly benefit from the support of the VH environment.

    We have a permanent Diversity Scholarship Fundraising Campaign aimed at expanding the economic, social and racial diversity of our camps by providing generous new scholarship funding for students who might normally not even consider coming to our summer camps because of the price tag attached. In 2016 we were able to offer full scholarships to six young singers and partial scholarships to many more through your generosity! Please continue to contribute generously so that we can offer the Village Harmony experience to even more students in 2017.
    Read more here.




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