Oregon Adult Camp, July 30-August 6, 2017 – $750
Date: July 30-August 6, 2017
Venue: St Benedicts Lodge
Leaders: Mary Cay Brass, John Harrison, Carlos Jurado
This will be our eleventh annual singing week at St. Benedict’s Lodge in the Cascades. Bounded on one side by the wild, scenic McKenzie River and on the other by national forest, the 70-acre complex is an inspiring setting for our singing retreats.
Mary Cay Brass will share a cornucopia of songs from her life- long love of music from the Balkans. From Macedonia she will teach dance songs, love songs, wedding songs and ritual songs sung in complex meters accompanied by accordion From Bosnia, she will draw from some new arrangements of achingly beautiful love songs called “sevdalinka”, a tradition stemming from the time of the Ottoman Empire; as well as dynamic two part flirtatious love songs for women sung in a strident style with tight, crunchy harmonies. Mary Cay will also teach several songs from the Croatian Adriatic coastal tradition called “klapa” four-part songs (some with accompanying dances!) about the sea, the beautiful landscape, good wine, and, of course, love. And finally, a song or two from Vojvodina, part of north Serbia, with a vivacious Hungarian flare.
Long-time VH leader John Harrison will bring his lively arrangements of a cappella gospel as well as original jazz-inflected compositions inspired by gospel and shape-note.
We are excited to welcome as co-leader Carlos Jurado from Colombia. He delighted both teen campers and audiences last summer and two summers ago with his repertoire of songs from Latin America featuring lively cross rhythms and compelling percussion. He will be leading songs from Colombia as well as other Latin American countries. He will want some drummers and other percussionists.
The week, famous among VH camps for its kitchen staffed with singing chef-overseers, will include a Georgian supra (feast) at mid-week, and will conclude with a concert in the St. Benedict’s chapel.
In residence at St. Benedict’s Lodge, McKenzie Bridge, Oregon