Village Harmony

Teen Residential Camp – August 4-13, 2017 – $775

Date: August 4-13, 2017
Venue: Ricki Carroll's House and Barn
Leaders: Larry Gordon, Will Thomas Rowan, Lynn Mahoney Rowan
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.

Village Harmony founder Larry Gordon will teach American shape-note songs, music from South Africa, and some early music with instruments. He will also lead folk dancing each day, including contras, English country dances and Balkan dancing.  Will Thomas Rowan and Lynn Mahoney Rowan will teach some of their original compositiions and arrangements, anceint Lithuanian songs and seasonal songs and ballads.  Together with Larry they will also lead some Corsican songs.

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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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.

Will Thomas Rowan

will-new-photoWILL THOMAS ROWAN is a composer 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 is studying for a Masters in Conducting at Bard, and is also an award-winning composer who writes everything from ballads to symphonies. Will helps create exciting folk music, dance, and drama performances with Revels North. Through his travels in Lithuania and encounters with the Trinkūnai family, he has fallen in love with the hypnotic harmonies of singing Sutartinės. This is Will’s seventh year teaching at Village Harmony camp.

Lynn Mahoney Rowan

lynnmLynn Mahoney Rowan grew up singing in Southern VT with the Amidons, Tony Barrand and other folk music aficionados. Village Harmony introduced her to a love of world harmonies as a teenager and she continued to sing and teach with Northern Harmony and the Renewal chorus through college. She tours at home and abroad as a singer and percussionist with her band, Windborne. Lynn founded and co-led the Marlboro World Music Ensemble at Marlboro College, the Keene World Harmony Community Chorus in Keene NH, and she created and ran the Revels North year-round teen program. In addition, she has been assistant choral director and appeared as a soloist the Hanover Christmas Revels for the last six years. Lynn teaches private voice lessons to teens and adults, and has written and arranged music for a variety of theatrical productions with the New England Youth Theater and the Vermont Theater Company, Marlboro College, and local elementary schools.


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.