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Village Harmony teen traveling camp. Massachusetts. USA

July 5 - July 21


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  • Leaders: Sinead O’Mahoney,  Bongani Magatyana, Polina Shepherd

  • Rehearsal location: Stump Sprouts Lodge, Hawley, MA

  • Price: $1800.
    Financial aid is available, based on need.

Village Harmony’s teen traveling camps are open to young singers ages 12 to 18. Auditions aren’t required to attend our Village Harmony (VH) camps. If you like singing full force and galumphing about the countryside performing for appreciative audiences, this is the camp for you.

We do ask all new teen applicants to our programs to answer a few questions about their singing background and their reasons for choosing VH as part of the registration process. VH’s basic demand of would-be members is simply that they be committed to making good music—and not hold back.

VH camps always begin with a week of rehearsal in residence at a retreat center. This summer’s program will be held at one of our favorites—Stump Sprouts Retreat in Hawley, western Massachusetts.

During the rehearsal week, singers get to know one another and their music. Participants learn the basics of new singing styles and prepare a concert program under expert leadership, with emphasis on the cultural context and authentic vocal technique of the genres making up each session’s particular musical tapestry. Teen camp rehearsals are long and intense—six or more hours each day—with individual voice coaching, small ensemble and instrumental work between group sessions.

Word-sheets and notes are used for some of the music, but nearly everything is taught by ear. We place a lot of emphasis on authenticity—understanding the spirit and vocal style of each musical genre—and on appreciating the joy of singing together and with conviction. Within this rigorous structure, the groups tend to be relaxed and non-competitive, with a deliberately democratic atmosphere.

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