New England Traveling Teen Camp II – July 6-25, 2017 – $1375
Date: July 6-25, 2017
Venue: Stump Sprouts Retreat Center
Leaders: Avery Book, Gideon Crevoshay, Heidi Wilson
This session will be led by a team of three of Village Harmony’s most lively and talented young teachers, all from Vermont: Gideon Crevoshay, Avery Book and Heidi Wilson.
Concert repertoire will include thrilling harmony-singing traditions from around the world: traditional and contemporary American shape note pieces; Georgian, Corsican and Sardinian traditional songs; social movement songs; and some of Heidi’s original pieces.
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, exploring the wisdom contained within these traditions and how they can inform present ideas of music making and community.
Avery Book will teach traditional songs from the island of Sardinia and from Caucasus Georgia, and songs from the American civil rights movement. Avery, who has been singing with Village Harmony since he was a teenager himself, founded the Burlington Solidarity Singers, a group of singers and song leaders that lead and adapt songs for Vermont social and environmental justice organizations.
Heidi Wilson is a singer-songwriter with a passion for sharing original compositions and folk songs inspired by and in service to community and the natural world; songs that celebrate the seasons, offer thanks and praise, lull babies to sleep, muster courage, and make room for healing.
Gideon, Avery and Heidi will be placing emphasis on this tour on teaching—and helping the group together create—a shared repertoire of songs that are “socially alive” and performed for a particular purpose: work songs, political resistance songs, traditional lullabies and healing songs, and celebratory songs from across the centuries and the globe.
The group will not only explore the cultural, social, and political context of their music and their relationship to it, but then put their songs into action, exploiting special opportunities while on tour to sing not just to but with their host communities.
Our intention will be to foster unusual musical connections and exchanges with the communities we are visiting as much as possible. In addition to the regular concert tour performances are plans to sing work songs on family farms in Maine and Vermont as we actually help to harvest crops, song-sharing with a hospice choir, the exchange repertoire with song leader-singers in Vermont who are using music in the context of social movements, and connecting with local refugee communities.
Join this special tour as we cultivate a space of creativity and confidence-building, learning (and creating new) music together to sing in camp, on tour, and in life!