Who We Are
Village Harmony, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in central Vermont with activities around the world welcoming singers of all colors, creeds, ethnicities, nationalities, gender orientations & socio-economic backgrounds.
Village Harmony acts as an umbrella organization for a range of activities:
- a school-year program sponsoring community performing and touring ensembles;
- a traveling choral summer camp program for teenagers and adults;
- the semi-professional touring ensemble Northern Harmony; and
- music workshops and presentations, including performances and residencies by foreign teachers and touring groups.
Village Harmony was founded by Larry Gordon in 1988. It began as a small ensemble of high school singers drawn from several central Vermont schools, rehearsing extra-curricularly and preparing a concert program for a ten day spring tour. In 1990 the first Village Harmony summer camp was held, establishing a pattern which has continued since: a week-long residential rehearsal week followed by a performing tour with home stays hosted by community sponsors. The organization and its programs have grown steadily and organically.
In 1994 the first teen summer camp went overseas, to Russia, and the following year the first of many England camp sessions was held.That same year Patty Cuyler joined Village Harmony and Northern Harmony as co-director. She was to soon become a major force in extending Village Harmony’s repertoire and travels, to other countries in eastern Europe, into the Mediterranean, and onto the African continent.
Since those initial trips we have taken study-performance groups to Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Corsica, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Macedonia, Caucasus Georgia, Ukraine, Ghana and South Africa, changing our destinations each year, and making repeat visits to favorite countries.
Until 1996 Village Harmony operated as an unincorporated association. In January, 1996 Village Harmony was incorporated as a non-profit and soon after received federal tax exempt status. Our board of directors presently includes primarily musicians and group leaders who are actively involved in conceiving and implementing Village Harmony programs.
Village Harmony programs have grown almost entirely through word of mouth, and through the wide exposure afforded by extensive touring and distribution of recordings.
Over the years Village Harmony has developed a strong international presence, through its many study/performance programs, through its many professional recordings, and through regular tours throughout North America, the UK and western Europe by its semi-professional touring ensemble, Northern Harmony.