Village Harmony opportunities 2018

Hello Vermont Choral Directors,

I’d like to urge you to invite your singers to consider participating in one of Village Harmony’s two or three week traveling singing camps this summer, either in New England or abroad.  These camps focus on studying and performing traditional polyphonic singing from many parts of the world, including especially South Africa, Corsica, Georgia, Lithuania and the Balkans.  Each of the camps is led by a trio of directors with particular expertise is in one or more of these genres.  The small, communal camp groups of 28 singers or fewer and the 8-12 days of concert touring foster intensive and committed music making of the highest order. Camp participants repeatedly tell us that their Village Harmony experience has changed their lives.

The teen camps are open to teens ages 11-18; the adult and overseas camps are open to teens and adults.  Financial aid is available, based on need. If you would like us to send you some brochures about the camps, let me know.

Complete information about the camps is on our website, here:

But here is a brief description of those camps which still have openings.

New England Teen Traveling Camp II, July 6-25, Led by VH alumnae Will and Lynn Mahoney Rowan and Artûras Sinckevicčius (extraordinary singer-composer-choir leader-multi-instrumentalist from Lithuania).  This camp will feature ancient ritual songs from Lithuania, songs of social struggle,  as well as some of Will’s fine original compositions.  Rehearsal week in western Mass. followed by 12 day tour through New England.

New England Teen Traveling Camp III, July 26-August 14, led by Avery Book, Lysander Jaffe, Sinead O’Mahoney and Matlakala Bopape (extraordinary choir leader from South Africa).  This camp will feature South African songs and dances, traditional songs from Georgia, Corsica and Albania, and American shape-note songs. Rehearsal week in western Mass. followed by 12 day tour through New England.

New England Teen Residential Camp, August 3-12, led by Mary Cay Brass, John Harrison, Jeremy Carter-Gordon.  This camp is especially for younger teens, and features Balkan music, gospel, and original compositions.  In residence in Ashfield, Mass., with two culminating concerts.

Germany/Estonia Camp July 14-August 1, led by Larry Gordon, Nathaniel Damon and Bongani Magatyana (inspirational choir leader and composer from Capetown, South Africa).  The rehearsal week will be at charming small town in Mecklenburg in northeast Germany, followed by a week long tour performing in historic churches in that region, and culminating with five days at the Europa Cantat Festival in Tallinn, Estonia.  This is a huge pan-European choral festival held every third year in a different European country which involves thousands of singers and choirs from across the world.

Northern UK Camp August 6-20, led by Larry Gordon, Bongani Magatyana and David Oliver. featuring contra, ceilidh and English country dancing as well as South African songs and dances, Balkan, traditional English, and American music.  Rehearsal week in the seaside town of Seahouses on the Northumberland coast followed by touring through Northumberland, SW Scotland and the Lake District.

New England Adult Camp, August 18-25, led by Matlakala Bopape (from South Africa), Suzannah Park and Gideon Crevoshay.  Featuring dance-songs from South Africa, traditional Appalachian and shape-note songs, music from Sardinia and Corsica and more. In residence at Buxton School in Williamstown, Mass. with two culminating concerts.

Or, for a briefer taste of Village Harmony, consider coming to our Annual Winter Weekend at Lake Morey, February 23-25, led by Larry Gordon, Patty Cuyler and Gideon Crovoshay.  Featuring South African, Georgian, Corsican, Sardinian, Shape-Note and more, plus a Saturday evening folk dance.

Larry Gordon, co-director

Village Harmony
5748 Hollister Hill Road
Marshfield, VT  05658


Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus openings

On January 27 and 28, 2018, the VSO will present joint choral and orchestral Tribute Concerts in honor of Robert DeCormier’s 96th birthday. The performances will be at the Flynn in Burlington on the 27th and at Rutland’s Paramount Theater on the 28th. The chorus and orchestra, conducted by VSO Chorus Director Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo, will perform Robert DeCormier’s Legacy and excerpts from Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. VSO Music Director Jaime Laredo will conduct the orchestra in Schubert’s Symphony No. 9.
We would love to have interested singers join us for our first rehearsal, then stay to audition to become a member of the VSO Chorus! Our first rehearsal is scheduled for Saturday, October 21 from 1-4pm at the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester. If transportation to rehearsals is a concern, we have singers from all over the state, so carpooling can be arranged.
Participants may attend the first rehearsal on a walk-in basis, but please notify the Chorus Coordinator, Wendy Grace at if planning to audition. All rehearsals, with the exception of the orchestra-chorus combined rehearsal, are on Saturdays from 1-4pm at various locations around the state. We will not rehearse the Saturday following Thanksgiving, nor will we rehearse together during the month of December. Chorus policy allows for no more than two missed rehearsals.

Wendy Grace, Chorus Coordinator
Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus

Robert composed Legacy in 1981 and dedicated it to his and Louise’s son, Christopher, who died at the age of 23 in 1977. The four poems of the text are autumnal meditations about life and death by Louise’s father, John Dobbs.
Lauridsen’s requiem Lux Aeterna is a perfect companion for Robert’s piece. According to Carol Talbeck “In expressing a human journey to reclaim intimacy with the inner life, Lauridsen seamlessly integrates the musical essence of ancient modes, Renaissance polyphony, Romanticism, and modern dissonance. This timelessness can bring home to the listener the recognition of his or her own mortal journey. Perhaps this embracing effect is a reason that Lux Aeterna is widely known to bring listeners to tears.” Morten Lauridsen was named an “American Choral Master” by the National Endowment for the Arts and is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts “for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide.”

VSO Chorus openings: March 18, 2017 auditions

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus will be holding auditions (especially for baritones and basses) at Christ Church, Montpelier on Saturday, March 18. Join the chorus for a rehearsal from 1-4pm, then stay to audition at 4:00pm. No music needs to be prepared in advance; just come and sing! For more information, or to reserve an audition slot, please email the Wendy Grace, VSOC Coordinator at


Village Harmony Summer 2017 camps – registration open

Village Harmony
2017 Summer Camps
Larry Gordon, director
Our internationally-renowned US world music summer camps just for teens, just for adults and for mixed-age ensembles this year will take place in New England, the Midwest, the Oregon Cascades, Lithuania, the Republic of Georgia and South Africa.
View and download our 4-page pdf camp brochure here.
Or just go directly to our online registration site to apply.


VSO chorus open house Oct. 22, 2016

Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Open House
Elley-long Music center
Sat., October 22, 2016
1-4 pm
 Come meet VSO Chorus’ conductor for a fun afternoon of choral singing,
food and fellowship
 For those interested in joining the chorus for the Holidays concert,
group auditions will be offered at the end of rehearsal

Contact Wendy Grace,


VSO Chorus scholarship for undergrad college students

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus offers a $500 scholarship to undergraduates pursuing a degree in choral or vocal music. Applicants eligible to apply include undergraduate college students and college aged private voice students whose primary residence is in the general geographical performance area of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Applicants must demonstrate accomplishment in both vocal music and academic studies. It is a requirement that the applicant will pursue a primary or secondary degree in vocal or choral studies at an accredited college or university in order to qualify for this scholarship. Other music majors with appropriate voice training might be considered.  Scholarship selection will be administered by a Scholarship Committee including the VSO Chorus director. This committee may also include appointed members from the general Chorus membership.

Written applications (click vsocscholarshipapplicationrev-9-23-16 to download application as a Word Doc) will be the initial method to screen applicants. Finalists that emerge from this process will be asked to appear before the Chorus Director to discuss in more detail the written application, answer questions from the Committee, and provide a short audition to demonstrate vocal musicianship.

The winner of this scholarship must be willing to participate in the earliest VSOC concert service following the application deadline thereby earning not only financial support but the practical experience of working with a professional symphony chorus. Some leadership work may be requested from the scholarship students, such as conducting warm ups, assisting the conductor with sectional rehearsals, assisting the chorus coordinator, etc. Winning candidates will be expected to attend rehearsals well-prepared, studying the music and learning their parts in advance.

The VSO Chorus Scholarship will be delivered directly to the student for the next full semester with a stipulation that the scholarship be used for the pursuit of the recipient’s higher education, including tuition, books, and other music-related educational expenses.

Written Application Deadline for Winter or Spring 2017: October 14, 2016;

Audition Date: October 22, 2016

Performance Service: Fall 2016 rehearsals and Holiday Pops concerts December 9-11, 2016



PURPOSE: To assist students pursuing a primary or secondary degree in vocal or choral music at the college or university level while offering an opportunity to gain practical choral experience as a member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

AWARD: $500.00

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be:

  • An undergraduate college student in the spring semester of 2017.
  • Pursuing a degree in vocal or choral music.
  • Prior scholarship recipients are eligible to apply.

APPLICATION DETAILS: The winning candidate will complete the following:

  • submit the attached application,
  • interview and audition with the Chorus Director,
  • participate in the current concert service involving the VSO Chorus.

NOTE: Application deadline is October 14, 2016. The audition will be held at the first chorus rehearsal on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Elley Long Music Center in Colchester. The winning candidate will receive notification to appear for audition at least ten (10) days in advance of the vocal audition. Selection of the winner(s) will be based upon the student’s goals for post-secondary education, recommendations, and scholastic achievement. Proof of acceptance at an accredited college or university is required prior to funding this award.


New VYO choristers welcome!

New students are still welcome to join the Vermont Youth Chorus and Chorale! All students in grades 6-12 are invited to join. No audition is necessary. Chorus and Chorale is a great opportunity to develop both the voice and aural skills while having fun and making new friends. Chorus and Chorale give performances at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, the Elley-Long Music Center and presents community outreach events in schools and various locations throughout northern Vermont.

The Vermont Youth Chorus, conducted by Caleb Pillsbury, performs masterpieces of the choral repertoire and provides students an extracurricular community choral opportunity complementary to their school vocal programs. Throughout the season, students will receive private lessons and participate in sectionals with master vocal coaches from our region. Students entering grades 8-12 are eligible to participate in the Vermont Youth Chorus and 2017 Tour of England. Chorus rehearsals take place Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm starting Tuesday, September 13th.

The Vermont Youth Chorale, conducted by Heather Schoppmann, provides a strong foundation for vocal development and choral musicianship. Along with rehearsing music for performances, students work on sight reading and musicianship, and receive individual instruction from master vocal coaches. Students entering grades 6 & 7 are eligible to participate in the Vermont Youth Chorale. Chorale rehearsals take place Tuesday evenings from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

Please email art @ with any questions about joining our Choral program.