Village Harmony

Teen Residential Camp – June 24 – July 3 (9 days) – $775

Date: June 24-July 3, 2016
Venue: Ricki Carroll's House and Barn
Leaders: Mary Cay Brass, Larry Gordon, Carl Linich
Price: $775

This is our nine-day camp, especially geared for teenagers new to Village Harmony, as well as for those who don’t have time to commit three weeks to a traveling camp.

During the first seven days, singers get to know one another, singing 7-8 hours a day as they absorb the basics of new vocal styles and prepare a concert program. The session will culminate with performances on the final Saturday evening in Ashfield and Sunday afternoon in Westminster West, Vermont.

This session features three of Village Harmony’s most experienced leaders.  Village Harmony founder Larry Gordon will teach American shape-note songs, music from South Africa, and some early music with instruments. Veteran leader Mary Cay Brass will bring traditional songs from ex-Yugoslavia and lead a dance band with any instrument players. And Carl Linich will teach from his vast repertoire of traditional songs from Caucasus Georgia.

The camp is in residence at Ricki Carroll’s delightful, spacious house and grounds in the center of Ashfield village.  There is a wonderful swimming lake a few blocks away and $1 ice cream cones just up the street.

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Leaders

Mary Cay Brass

MARY CAY BRASS of Athens, Vermont, co-directed at her first Village Harmony camp 27 years ago. She directs two very popular community choirs in Vermont and Massachusetts and is the co-musical director of Hallowell Hospice Choir. Mary Cay is also a dynamic contra-dance keyboardist and accordion player. She spent two and a half years in the former Yugoslavia on a Fulbright Scholarship in ethnomusicology. She has published two book/CD collections of music from that region. Mary Cay has  organized and led four Village Harmony trips to the Republic of Macedonia and three to Bosnia, with this fourth one planned for 2018. www.marycaybrass.com


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Larry Gordon

larryoregonVillage Harmony founder and director LARRY GORDON has been making community music in Vermont since the early 1970s. He founded Village Harmony in 1989, and his patient and relaxed, yet demanding, teaching style and his collaborative approach have shaped the welcoming atmosphere of the Village Harmony community since the beginning. Though his first love was medieval and renaissance music, he is a vital figure in New England shape-note singing, and he is the music editor of the popular Northern Harmony shape-note songbook. Larry is an inspired organizer with an unerring eye for good repertoire and a unique knack of pulling together interesting combinations of singers and letting them shine.  Larry has led Onion River Chorus in Montpelier since the late 1970s, and is well known across the US and internationally for leading stunning periodic ad hoc incarnations of Northern Harmony, a semi-professional tour group made up largely of veteran Village Harmony singers.  Recently he has been devoting increasing time to teaching Balkan folk dancing.

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Carl Linich

Carl-LinichCARL LINICH has been a scholar, teacher,and performer of traditional Georgian polyphonic singing since 1990, and is a member of TrioKavkasia. A fluent Georgian speaker, Carl lived in Georgia for 10 years, and received two prestigious merit awards from the Georgian government in recognition of his work to promote and preserve Georgian folk music. He has worked on numerous publications related to Georgian folk music for the Tbilisi State Conservatory, the State Folklore Center of Georgia, and the International Centre for Georgian Folk Song. Carl has been leading Village Harmony camps since 2000, and toured with Northern Harmony in 2001 and 2002. He currently directs the Supruli Ensemble in New York City and a Georgian choir at Bard College, and sings in a family trio with his two young sons. www.kavkasia.com

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Venue

Ricki Carroll’s House and Barn

Ricki's HouseRicki Carroll’s house is a wonderfully spacious and delightfully furnished three story Victorian house in the center of Ashfield village, in western Massachusetts. With Ashfield Lake across the street a daily swim is only a few steps away. Rehearsals will be held on site in Ricki’s beautifully-renovated barn.