Village Harmony

New England Traveling Teen Camp I – June 21 – July 10, 2018 – $1375

Date: June 21-July 10, 2018
Venue: Ricki Carroll's House and Barn
Leaders: Larry Gordon, Brendan Taaffe, Heidi Wilson, Tatiana Sarbinska
Price: $1375

This camp is now full with a waiting list.  Please consider one of the other teen camps, all of which have open spaces

We’d love to have singers who are also instrument players to attend this session.

Village Harmony director Larry Gordon will teach the group South African dance songs, a few folk songs from Corsica, some contemporary compositions and several renaissance pieces with instrumental accompaniment.

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Brendan Taaffe will bring songs from his recent sojourn as a Research Fellow in the Appalachian Sound Archives at Berea College, giving the singers a chance to dig deep into the music and culture of Eastern Kentucky. He will also bring a set of Occitan (southern France) ballads learned from the singers of La Mal Coiffée as well as a selection of his own wonderful original shape-note compositions.

Heidi Wilson, a singer-songwriter from central Vermont who has been teaching with Village Harmony since 2012, will be sharing a set of songs for social justice and some of her delightful compositions and arrangements of folk songs from the U.S. She will also be guiding the campers in explorations of vocal improvisation and circle singing. 

In addition, Bulgarian soloist-composer Tatiana Sarbinska will join the group for three days during the rehearsal week to teach us a set of Bulgarian songs.

Larry and Brendan will put together a band made up of our singer-instrumentalists. Brendan is particularly excited to work with instrumentalists to create an old-time string band sound. Fiddles, banjos, and guitars are particularly encouraged, but all instruments are welcome.

There will be a lot of folk dancing—Balkan, English, contras—at this session.

The group will spend its rehearsal week in residence at Ricki Carroll’s whimsical and spacious Victorian house in the center of Ashfield village in western Massachusetts, with a wonderful swimming lake just a few blocks away. The ensuing tour will take the group throughout New England.

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Larry Gordon

Village 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.


Brendan Taaffe

Brendan-TaaffejpgBRENDAN TAAFFE, based in Brattleboro, has been leading singing workshops around the world since 2004. An active composer, he specializes in American harmony styles and Zimbabwean makwayera style singing. In 2011, Brendan spent a month working with choirs in Zimbabwe to document songs from that tradition. He is a founding member of the Bright Wings Chorus and directs Turtle Dove, an organization that runs singing camps for adults. Brendan is also a multi-instrumentalist on guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mbira and holds an M.A. in performance from the Irish World Music Centre at the University of Limerick.




Heidi Wilson

Village HarmonyHEIDI WILSON is a singer-songwriter with a passion for sharing songs inspired by and in service to community and the wild world.  She has been leading a cappella singing groups for the last twelve years with the aim of uplifting courage, beauty, and connection.  Heidi currently leads singing at the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture, the Plainfield Community Sing, seasonal Interfaith Sacred Sings, and with the Central Vermont Solidarity Singers. 




Tatiana Sarbinska

TATIANA SARBINSKA has worked as a musician, director, teacher, and composer in both the United States and in her native Bulgaria for more than forty years. Ms. Sarbinska grew up learning traditional Bulgarian music in the Macedonian village of Rila, near the Pirin Mountains in southwestern Bulgaria. As a student at Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, she received degrees in traditional folk music (singing, conducting, composition) and classical and applied musical pedagogy. For many years she was the featured soloist of the internationally-acclaimed Pirin Ensemble, as well as a conductor. Since emigrating to the United States, she has performed and taught throughout the country, and has been a consultant for Revels, the renowned international music company.



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.