Village Harmony

Welcome

Happy New Year!

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 for all of our summer 2017 camps and for the Village Harmony Winter Weekend of singing in Vermont February 24-26.

We urge you to apply as soon as you know what session/s you want to attend. We will be accepting people to camp programs primarily on a first-come, first-served basis,  while also making sure that we maintain a good balance of voice parts. At any rate, exactly when we receive your application will be important.

Our first round of acceptance emails will go out in January.  At that time we will ask you for a 25% tuition deposit to confirm your place.

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 are offering a pioneering 2-week long program in Lithuania, as well as camps in South Africa and the Republic of Georgia.

Register online.

We now have a Village Harmony Facebook page which will have regular postings about interesting happenings in the Village Harmony community.  We invite you to contribute postings about any singing projects, choirs, concerts or workshops that you may be involved with.  Email them to us at villageharmony(at)gmail.com.  We will also be posting a Song of the Month to download – a selected song with recording and transcription, from the wide repertoire of Village Harmony/Northern harmony over the years.

“Your work continues to shine a bright light in the world.”

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Village Harmony Updates

  • Donate to our Annual Fund

    ”We can never thank you enough for introducing our daughter and her now-best friends and fellow singers to world music and to one another. You’ve walked them through a window into a world they wouldn’t have otherwise known – not just musically, geographically, and culturally, but also in terms of a set of personal values and perspectives that have so enriched – and will continue to enrich – their lives.”

    Dear Village Harmony camper/parent/supporter.

    Please take a moment right now to make your contribution to Village Harmony’s scholarship fund and help us to ensure that Village Harmony continues to contribute not just to the richness of our own lives and to those of the next generation, but to world peace and understanding on a bigger scale.

    As our gift back to you for your tax-deductible donation of any amount between now and January 31, we will gladly send you the digital download package of our new publication, Music for MidWynter: Music for the Winter Solstice Season from Many Centuries and Many Cultures.

    The compilation—certain to add a joyful welcome-in to your New Year—includes 24 unusual and delightful choral and instrumental arrangements from diverse traditions. The accompanying mp3s are of performances featuring mostly-live recordings made between 1998-2005 by project-based Northern Harmony ensembles jointly led by VH founder Larry Gordon and co-director Patty Cuyler.

    Donate online to our annual fund and get your free “Music for MidWynter” pdf/mp3 download NOW


    Once you have made your donation, click on the orange box that says RETURN TO VILLAGE HARMONY INC to receive your gift download package.

    You can of course also send a check donation to us, and we will send you the download link by email:

    Village Harmony
    5748 Hollister Hill Road
    Marshfield, VT 05658

    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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  • Village Harmony Cape Town Choir Festival a Resounding Success!

    The first annual Village Harmony Capetown Choir Festival, organized by Bongani Magatyana and funded completely by Village Harmony and its supporters, was a resounding success!

    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. The festival was conceived to provide an essential new venue outside of the pervasive competition choir scene to showcase traditional Black community choral singing.

    This year nine Cape Town high school, community and church choirs participated in the festival. Each choir performed four songs, two traditional folk songs and two newly composed songs in the folk style  composed by four young composers recruited by Bongani, and by Bongani himself. The choristers received free transportation to and from the festival and free meals, and the composers received  honorariums for their new compositions.  In addition Village Harmony directors Larry Gordon, Patty Cuyler and Mollie Stone came to Cape Town a week in advance to rehearse a special world music ensemble with three singers chosen from each of the participating choirs, and this ensemble performed a varied set at the festival.

    Village Harmony alumna Tikko Freilich came along as videographer, to do extensive documentation of the festival and the mass choir rehearsals.  She finished a 6-minute thank-you-to-donors video which really captures the enthusiastic spirit of the day.

    There is good promise for municipal and corporate support for the festival going forward, which was our hope when we pledged to finance this first one. There are also a lot of local choirs who didn’t take part in September who are eager to participate in the next festival, which will likely take place over two days instead of just one.

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