Village Harmony

New England Teen Traveling Camp III – July 27-August 15, 2017 – $1375

Date: July 27-August 15, 2017
Venue: Stump Sprouts Retreat Center
Leaders: Suzannah Park, Carl Linich, Nadia Tarnawsky
Price: $1375

Full of music and laughter, this session promises to be a high energy musical adventure.

Veteran camp leader Suzannah Park will bring her appealing mix of traditional Appalachian songs, sea shanties, gospel songs and Appalachian clogging. One of our most popular directors, Suzannah’s infectious love of people and singing and her amazing enthusiasm always pervade the camps she leads.

Carl Linich brings his vast knowledge of traditional Georgian music.  He will teach a varied selection of songs from the different Georgian regions, including wedding songs, work songs, heroic songs and sacred hymns.

Rounding out this session’s directing staff will be the talented and delightful Nadia Tarnawsky, who will bring musical gems from her vast repertoire of songs from Ukraine and the Balkans. We heartily welcome instrumentalists to come to this camp session!

The tour itinerary will include New York State, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.




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Suzannah Park

SuzannahVH-2013Suzannah Park comes from a family of three generations of ballad singers, storytellers, and dancers and lives in the North Carolina mountains of her birth. She began teaching at Village Harmony in 2000 after participating as a camper since the age of twelve. Her joyous and intuitive teaching style, born of a lifetime of familiarity with traditional music, makes singers old and young feel at home in the songs that she shares and with each other. Weather she’s teaching American ballads, South African songs and dances or Appalachian clogging, laughter and good times abound. When not on tour with Village Harmony Suzannah can be found singing with the Starry Mountain Singers, leading the Wild Asheville Community Chorus and kicking up her heels with the Green Grass Cloggers.

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.

Nadia Tarnawsky

TarnawskyNadiaNadia Tarnawsky has been studying Eastern European singing techniques for nearly three decades. In 2002 she received a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship which allowed her to travel to Ukraine to collect folk songs and folklore. She has taught Ukrainian village style singing in workshops for the Center for Traditional Music and Dance in New York city, Village Harmony in Vermont and Oregon, the Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble in San Francisco, and the Black Forest Fancies in New Orleans among others. In 2011 she received a Traditional Arts Fellowship from Artist Trust. She sang under the tutelage of Yevgeny Yefremov with Ensemble Hilka of New York in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster in Ukraine.  A recording of this repertoire was recently released on the Smithsonian Folkways label. This is her third year of teaching with Village Harmony.



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.