Village Harmony

New England Traveling Teen Camp 3 – July 26 – August 14, 2018 – $1375

Date: July 26-August 14, 2018
Venue: Stump Sprouts Retreat Center
Leaders: Matlakala Bopape, Avery Book, Lysander Jaffe, Sinead O’Mahoney
Price: $1375

This will be a great session for singers who want to stretch their musical boundaries by learning and performing music from some of the most exciting polyphonic music traditions in the world.

Matlakala Bopape of Polokwane, South Africa, will lead the group in South African songs and dances, including traditional gospel, church chorus, folk and struggle songs.

Village Harmony veteran Avery Book will teach traditional songs from the island of Sardinia and from Caucasus Georgia, and songs of struggle.

Lysander Jaffe—another VH alumnus—will teach songs from Corsica and Albania, and will lead any singer-instrumentalists in a set of exciting Balkan band pieces.

Sinead O’Mahoney, a recent VH graduate, will teach several the group American shape-note songs.

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Matlakala Bopape

matlakalalgMATLAKALA BOPAPE, of Polokwane, South Africa, is the director of Polokwane Choral Society—a community-based group whose aim is nurturing musical talent in African society. As a director, Matlakala is committed to drawing out musical excellence from her singers, as well as exposing them to musical cultures of the world. Her limitless patience, careful attention to vocal technique, and rich repertoire of folk and contemporary South African choral music make her a formidable teacher. This will be Matlakala’s 17th year teaching with Village Harmony, after a fortuitous initial meeting with Patty & Larry at Festival 500 in St. John, Newfoundland in 1999.


Avery Book

Book-AveryAVERY BOOK, from Plainfield, Vermont has been involved with Village Harmony since 1999, initially as a teen camper and more recently as a camp director. Avery’s eclectic musical interests span the gamut from early music to traditional world folk to the music of social movements. He has traveled a number of times to The Republic of Georgia and is currently working on a set of educational recordings and transcriptions of traditional Georgian music.  Avery is a founder of two chapters of the Vermont Solidarity Singers, a group of singers and song leaders that lead and adapt songs for Vermont social and environmental justice movements. He is a member of a number of touring musical ensembles. When he isn’t singing, Avery is a community organizer.



Lysander Jaffe

imagesLYSANDER JAFFE, originally from Conway, MA, is a versatile musician based in Boston. He is a brilliant violinist and violist, adept at both classical and folk styles.  He has traveled extensively to Georgia, Turkey, Kosovo and  and Bulgaria, studying and documenting traditional music. As a vocalist, Lysander has a wonderful command of the ornamented styles of Georgian, Albanian and Corsican singing.  He is a veteran  of many years of Village Harmony and has participated in the several recent Northern Harmony tours.



Sinead O’Mahoney

sineadSINEAD O’MAHONEY, a native of Montpelier, VT, has been avidly singing with Village Harmony and Northern Harmony for over a decade. She has traveled abroad with Village Harmony in Corsica, France, Switzerland, Germany, and has taken two separate trips to Caucasus Georgia, including an intensive Georgian language and culture course. She has also been active in Sacred Harp and other shape-note singing throughout New England. She has been praised for her sure command of rhythm and clear and efficient teaching style. Sinead earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Vermont in 2016, and is currently working as an elementary music teacher in Wilmington, VT. This will be Sinead’s third year teaching at Village Harmony camp.





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.