Village Harmony

New England Teen Traveling Camp I – June 20 – July 10 (20 days) – $1375

Date: June 20-July 10, 2016
Venue: Stump Sprouts Retreat Center
Leaders: Will Thomas Rowan, Carlos Jurado, Heidi Wilson
Price: $1375

We are excited to welcome back as co-leader Carlos Jurado from Colombia.  He delighted campers and audiences both two summers ago with his repertoire of songs from Latin America featuring lively cross rhythms and compelling percussion.

Village Harmony alumnus and singer-composer Will Thomas will bring some of his own compositions to teach, as well as an exciting mix of Corsican, Occitan and Lithuanian songs. 

Heidi Wilson will share enchanting original compositions and American folk songs: songs that celebrate the seasons, offer thanks and praise, lull babies to sleep, muster courage, and make room for healing. 

The tour will include 12 concerts in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, finishing in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Leaders

Will Thomas Rowan

WILL THOMAS ROWAN is a composer, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist who began singing with Village Harmony when he was 14. He performs with Windborne, a band made up of Village Harmony alumni, which has toured internationally as part of the State Department’s American Music Abroad program. He holds a masters in conducting from Bard Conservatory, and is also an award-winning composer who writes everything from ballads to symphonies. In his other musical endeavors Will has collaborated with Susan Cooper on a Scottish folk music-dance-fairytale at Revels North, sung in a Russian Orthodox Monastery choir, conducted a 25-piece orchestra with chorus at the Fisher Center at Bard, created West African/Anglo-Norse trance-fusion pieces with the Kidimandi percussion ensemble, and has performed covers of Lady Gaga on the banjo more than once. Will is an avid storyteller and delights audiences of all ages with his lively and tongue-in-cheek re-tellings of Norse Mythology. He is delighted to be bringing his friend and collaborator Artūras back to the US on the heels of their Village Harmony tour together in Lithuania last summer.

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Carlos Jurado

CarlosJuradoCarlos Javier Jurado of Pasto, Colombia, is a former Fulbright scholar who earned his masters degree in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, in 2007. After finishing his studies he returned to Colombia, where he was hired by the music department at Nariño University in Pasto. On top of his academic work—he conducts two choirs and teaches music theory at the university—Carlos is also academic advisor for the Batuta National Foundation, an institution devoted to promote the practice of music for Colombians from rural areas of the country who are victims of violence and displacement. This will be Carlos’ third year teaching at Village Harmony camp.

Heidi Wilson

Village HarmonyHEIDI WILSON is a singer-songwriter with a passion for sharing songs inspired by and in service to community and the wild world.  She has been leading a cappella singing groups for the last twelve years with the aim of uplifting courage, beauty, and connection.  Heidi currently leads singing at the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture, the Plainfield Community Sing, seasonal Interfaith Sacred Sings, and with the Central Vermont Solidarity Singers. 

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Venue

Stump Sprouts Retreat Center

stumpsproutsSituated in rural northwest Massachusetts, Stump Sprouts Retreat Center is a rustic multi-season resort—founded as a cross-country ski resort—and retreat facility. The center of activity is the hand-crafted three-level guest lodge with bedrooms and lounge on the top two floors and kitchen and dining area on the lower level. Our rehearsals take place in the center’s converted dairy barn. And additional bedrooms are just across the lane in the 200 year-old farmhouse. Stump Sprouts is located on 450 acres of woods and meadows, with splendid vistas and hiking trails. The center’s organic gardens that often provide vegetables for our kitchen. These unspoiled lands set the stage for three Village Harmony teen retreats this year.

http://www.stumpsprouts.com/

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