Village Harmony

New England Adult Camp – August 18 – 25, 2018 – $750

Date: August 18-25, 2018
Venue: Buxton School
Leaders: Suzannah Park, Matlakala Bopape, Gideon Crevoshay
Price: $750

Our venue for the coming summer’s New England residential adult camp will again be Buxton School in Williamstown, Mass, which has a beautiful campus with several excellent singing and dancing spaces and a range of accommodations.

The camp will feature a particularly exciting trio of popular Village Harmony leaders.

Veteran camp leader Suzannah Park will bring her appealing mix of traditional Appalachian songs, sea shanties, gospel songs and Appalachian clogging. One of our most popular directors, Suzannah’s infectious love of people and singing and her amazing enthusiasm always pervade the camps she leads.

Matlakala Bopape, from Polokwane in the northeastern province of Limpopo, South Africa, is a musical and social mover-shaker. Matlakala has been organizing camps in South Africa for Village Harmony since 2003 and has taught in Europe, the UK and the US with us nearly every year since then. She will be leading an infectious set of South African folk, political and church songs.

Gideon Crevoshay, born in the hills of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, grew up singing and traveling with Village Harmony around the globe. He will teach from his repertoire of traditional and ancient forms of singing from the US, Caucasus, and Mediterranean.

Basic rooms are shared (4-bed) occupancy. Participants can choose to reserve single or double rooms for a supplemental fee of $100 or $50, respectively.

The camp will conclude with two concerts:  Friday night at Buxton School, and Saturday afternoon, an hour’s drive east, in Ashfield Mass.

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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

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Matlakala Bopape

matlakalalgMATLAKALA BOPAPE, of Polokwane, South Africa, is the director of Polokwane Choral Society—a community-based group whose aim is nurturing musical talent in African society. As a director, Matlakala is committed to drawing out musical excellence from her singers, as well as exposing them to musical cultures of the world. Her limitless patience, careful attention to vocal technique, and rich repertoire of folk and contemporary South African choral music make her a formidable teacher. This will be Matlakala’s 17th year teaching with Village Harmony, after a fortuitous initial meeting with Patty & Larry at Festival 500 in St. John, Newfoundland in 1999.

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Gideon Crevoshay

Gideon_Crevoshay_PhotoGIDEON CREVOSHAY, originally from northeastern Vermont and now based in New Haven, CT, began touring with Village Harmony and Northern Harmony as a teenager in 1997. He attended Oberlin College where he became immersed in early music and co-founded a singing ensemble that focused on Georgian, Corsican and American traditional polyphony. A brilliant vocalist, he is a founding member of the Starry Mountain Singers, Starry Mountain Trio, and the Sardinian quartet Tenors de Aterúe, and tours annually with the international musical collaboration OneBeat.

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Venue

Buxton School

buxton-dining-roomThe Buxton School, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, has a beautiful spacious campus, with gorgeous trees and nearby walking trails.  There are several good singing spaces, a beautifully appointed dining room, and well-equipped industrial kitchen.

Accommodations are in two different buildings, and every room is different  The rooms are mostly triples and quads, but since there are more rooms than we need, we are able to allocate some rooms as doubles and a few as singles, for an additional supplement.

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