Village Harmony

Midwest Teen Traveling Camp – June 23 – July 10 (18 days) – $1150

Date: June 23-July 10
Venue: Windhorse Retreat Center, Plymouth, Wisconsin
Leaders: Suzannah Park, Bongani Magatyana, Avery Book
Price: $1150

This will be Village Harmony’s fourth teen summer camp in the Midwest. Rehearsal week this year will be at the beautiful Windhorse Retreat in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Following the rehearsal retreat the group will go on a 10-stop performance tour that will include stops in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, with a final concert in Chicago.

Full of music and laughter, this session promises to be a high energy musical adventure. Veteran camp leader Suzannah Park will bring her appealing mix of traditional Appalachian songs, sea chanties, gospel songs and Appalachian clogging. Her infectious love of singing and enthusiasm always pervade the camps she leads.

Composer-director Bongani Magatyana of Cape Town, South Africa, will return to the US for his third summer co-directing Village Harmony camps. He will lead the group in a brilliant set of South African folk and church songs with authentic dance movements, drawn both from traditional repertoire and his own compositions.

Village Harmony veteran Avery Book will teach traditional songs from the island of Sardinia and from Caucasus Georgia,  and songs from the American civil rights movement

Substantial financial aid is available for this camp for those who need a reduced tuition in order to attend.

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Leaders

Suzannah Park

SuzannahVH-2013Suzannah Park comes from a family of three generations of ballad singers, storytellers, and dancers and lives in the North Carolina mountains of her birth. She began teaching at Village Harmony in 2000 after participating as a camper since the age of twelve. Her joyous and intuitive teaching style, born of a lifetime of familiarity with traditional music, makes singers old and young feel at home in the songs that she shares and with each other. Weather she’s teaching American ballads, South African songs and dances or Appalachian clogging, laughter and good times abound. When not on tour with Village Harmony Suzannah can be found singing with the Starry Mountain Singers, leading the Wild Asheville Community Chorus and kicking up her heels with the Green Grass Cloggers. www.suzannahpark.com

Bongani Magatyana

Bongani_MagatyanaBongani Magatyana is a professional singer/music director/composer/theatrical producer living in Gugulethu Township in Cape Town, South Africa. He was born in Cape Town in a township called Old Crossroads; his father was a self-taught choir conductor in the Old Apostolic Church. Bongani’s father taught him how to read and write tonic solfamusic notation at a very young age, and young Bongani dreamt of becoming a church choir conductor, too. Today he is conducts a 120-voice OAC choir himself, and his folk-inspired choral compositions—popular pieces for South Africa’s major choral competitions—are sung by choirs around South Africa and internationally. Currently Bongani teaches at the Zolani Centre in Langa Township, leads an educational musical theatre company, and continues to compose music in a variety of genres, bringing vibrant performances to communities across Cape Town. Bongani has been teaching with Village Harmony in South Africa and the US since 2012.

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Avery Book

Book-AveryAvery Book has been singing with Village Harmony since 1999, and has been on several Northern Harmony tours. Avery’s eclectic musical interests span the gamut from early music to traditional world folk to the music of social movements. He has traveled a number of times to Georgia to study with traditional singers, and is currently working on a set of educational recordings and transcriptions of traditional Georgian music from the province of Svaneti. As an undergraduate, Avery started a class at Oberlin College featuring American shapenote and Georgian folk singing, and more recently founded the Burlington Solidarity Singers, a group of singers and song leaders that lead and adapt songs for Vermont social and environmental justice organizations. Avery is a founding member of the Starry Mountain Singers, the Starry Mountain Trio, and Tenores de Aterúe, a male quartet that focuses on the cantu a tenore tradition from Sardinia. He currently lives in Burlington, Vermont. When he isn’t singing, Avery is a community organizer. This will be Avery’s fifth year working for Village Harmony Camp, and his fourth year as a leader.

Venue

Windhorse Retreat Center, Plymouth, Wisconsin

WindhorseWindhorse Retreat Center has provided year-round space since 2002 for group and individual retreats, artistic gatherings, nature retreats, and private events. The retreat center was built by the High Wind Association as a state-of-the-art, passive solar bio-shelter and greenhouse. Inspired, in part, by the Scottish intentional community Findhorn, High Wind is based on living according to the principles of ecology and sustainability. The Center’s land includes hiking and ski trails and adjoins the Kettle Moraine State forest.