Village Harmony

Midwest Teen Camp – July 6-23, 2017 – $1175

Date: July 6 - 23, 2017
Venue: Ronora Lodge & Into The Woods Retreat
Leaders: Val Mindel, Lysander Jaffe, Nadia Tarnawsky
Price: $1175

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This will be Village Harmony’s fifth teen summer camp in the Midwest. Rehearsal week this year will be split between Ronora Lodge in Watervleit, MI and Into the Woods Retreat in West Olive, MI.

Veteran camp leader Val Mindel will bring her appealing mix of traditional Appalachian songs,  gospel songs and instrumental arrangements.

Village Harmony alumnus Lysander Jaffe will teach a brilliant set of traditional songs from Albania and Kosovo, and will lead our instrumentalists in a set of exciting Balkan band pieces.

Rounding out this session’s directing staff will be the talented and delightful Nadia Tarnawsky, who will bring musical gems from her vast repertoire of songs from Ukraine and the Balkans.

Following the rehearsal period the group will go on a 10-stop performance tour that will include stops in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio, with a final concert in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.

As always, substantial financial aid is available for this camp for those who need a reduced tuition in order to attend.

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Leaders

Val Mindel

Val Mindel 2Val Mindel, a veteran teacher at Village Harmony, is a versatile teacher, singer and instrumentalist. She focuses on teaching the mechanics of creating harmonies and arrangements as well as singing in small groups, using early American country, Appalachian, gospel and bluegrass repertory. She lives in southern Vermont and leads adult harmony workshops there and around the country, often with daughter and fellow Village Harmony leader Emily Miller. She was a member of the 1970s string band, Any Old Time, has performed and taught in Hong Kong, Canada, Scotland and England, and was a long-time instructor at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music.

Lysander Jaffe

imagesLYSANDER JAFFE, originally from Conway, MA, is a versatile musician based in Boston. He is a brilliant violinist and violist, adept at both classical and folk styles.  He has traveled extensively to Georgia, Turkey, Kosovo and  and Bulgaria, studying and documenting traditional music. As a vocalist, Lysander has a wonderful command of the ornamented styles of Georgian, Albanian and Corsican singing.  He is a veteran  of many years of Village Harmony and has participated in the several recent Northern Harmony tours.

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Nadia Tarnawsky

TarnawskyNadiaNadia Tarnawsky has been studying Eastern European singing techniques for nearly three decades. In 2002 she received a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship which allowed her to travel to Ukraine to collect folk songs and folklore. She has taught Ukrainian village style singing in workshops for the Center for Traditional Music and Dance in New York city, Village Harmony in Vermont and Oregon, the Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble in San Francisco, and the Black Forest Fancies in New Orleans among others. In 2011 she received a Traditional Arts Fellowship from Artist Trust. She sang under the tutelage of Yevgeny Yefremov with Ensemble Hilka of New York in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster in Ukraine.  A recording of this repertoire was recently released on the Smithsonian Folkways label. This is her third year of teaching with Village Harmony.

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Venue

Ronora Lodge & Into The Woods Retreat

Ronora-Trilogy2Ronora lies just north of Watervliet, in southwestern Michigan, in the middle of orchards, vineyards, lakes, and woodlands. Ronora is nestled on 350 lovely, quiet acres with a secluded private lake, acres of woods, wildlife, pristine pastures and miles of nature trails.

We will be staying at Trilogy Lodge and Casa de Luz, where we will rehearse and cook for ourselves. http://www.ronoralodge.com/549292_869519246419256_905237240752873403_n

Into the Woods Retreat Center, which will house the group for the last three days of the rehearsal week, is a lovely, secluded hideaway in West Olive, Michigan, less than an hour’s drive north of Ronora. http://www.intothewoodsretreat.com/

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