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This page last updated:
July 27, 2014

Village Harmony, Inc.,

is the umbrella organization for a diverse range of choral, world music and harmony singing activities under the direction of Larry Gordon and
Patty Cuyler. Our choruses include Village Harmony, Northern Harmony, Boston Harmony, the Brooklyn World Music Chorus, the brand-new Chicago World Music Chorus, and our many Village Harmony Summer Camp ensembles.

Village Harmony Summer Camp 2014

Go HERE to read about our current year's summer camp sessions. There are no spaces left in any of our 2014 camp sessions, but please feel free to start day-dreaming about coming with us on a study-performance trip next year!

Village Harmony's 25th Anniversary Celebration:

Friday, August 29-Monday, September 1, 2014

In the fall of 1989 Larry Gordon gathered nine teenaged singers drawn from several central Vermont schools, rehearsing on weekends and preparing a concert program for a ten day spring tour. Since then, hundreds and hundreds of teen and adult singers have traveled and performed with Village Harmony throughout an ever-widening swath of the globe, delighting audiences and experiencing harmony in infinite shades of the meaning of the word.

Join us for our big 25th Anniversary Celebration in Roxbury, Vermont next Labor Day Weekend.
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Or go directly to the weekend event's online registration site to sign up.


Our monthly world music community choruses in Boston-Brooklyn-Chicago

• Boston Harmony
Directed by Larry Gordon & Patty Cuyler
— Boston Harmony, which meets one weekend a month, begins its 10th year the weekend of September 27-28, 2014.
About Boston Harmony→

Brooklyn World Music Chorus
Directed by Patty Cuyler & Mollie Stone
— We meet one Sunday afternoon each month from 1-4pm at the Brooklyn Youth Chorus headquarters in Brooklyn Heights. The fall semester '14 schedule is: September 14, October 5, November 2 and December 7.
About the Brooklyn World Music Chorus→

Chicago World Music Chorus
Directed by Patty Cuyler & Mollie Stone
— We will finish our first year with a public concert on Sunday, May 18th at 5:30pm at the Second Unitarian Church in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. Plan to come see us—and join us as a new member when we start up again next October!
About the Chicago World Music Chorus→

In the store, these and more:

The new Northern Harmony Book
and the 100 Songs from the Northern Harmony Book CDEdited by Larry Gordon & Tony Barrand, the new Northern Harmony ($20) is expanded from the old book, with 55 new songs--150 songs in all. 
And we have the new 100 Songs from the Northern Harmony Book MP3 CDR ($10) to accompany the book, with recordings by Northern Harmony, Village Harmony, the Bayley-Hazen Singers, and friends.
Go to our songbook sales page to order.

Raising the bar: Multimedia Resources for Authentic World Music Performance

New South African and Georgian book + teaching dvd sets created by
Patty Cuyler & Mollie Stone
in collaboration with veteran VH teachers Matlakala Bopape and Shergil Pirtskhelani, and members of Chicago Children's Choir.
Click on the titles below to read more about (and order):
Traditional South African Choral Music Volumes 1 & 2
Music from the Republic of Georgia Volume 1

Northern Harmony:
leagues beyond the sky CD

Northern Harmony book

Great recordings from Northern Harmony's autumn 2011 EU-UK tour, led by Larry Gordan and Patty Cuyler, with guest directors Mollie Stone and Kenny Shimizu.
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Best of Village Harmony, 2009-2010

Double disc album
Forerunner of the Sun CD

This dynamic two-disc album captures memorable performances by twelve different Village Harmony traveling ensembles in New England and abroad during 2009 and 2010.
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Northern Harmony:
No Coward Soul

No Coward Soul

Lively performances from Northern Harmony's US-EU-UK tour in the early spring of 2010. Directed by Larry Gordon and Patty Cuyler.
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Northern Harmony:
music for midwynter

Forerunner of the Sun CD

Music for the winter solstice season from many centuries
and many cultures. Mostly live recordings from 1998-2005,
featuring four different Northern Harmony ensembles, directed by Larry Gordon and Patty Cuyler.

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Northern Harmony:
Forerunner of the Sun

Forerunner of the Sun CD

Northern Harmony's tour in the autumn of 2008 included five weeks of performances in the UK and two weeks in France and Switzerland. Special guest singer Shergil Pirtskhelani (Ensemble Zedashe) from Sighnaghi, Georgia directed most of the Georgian numbers in the program. The album starts out with high-powered South African gospel and doesn't let up.
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Best of Village Harmony, 2007-2008

Best of Village Harmony 2007-08
Double disc album

This dynamic two-disc set captures memorable performances by twelve different Village Harmony traveling ensembles in New England and abroad during 2007 and 2008. The New England performances are from our teenage traveling groups, while the overseas camps--in Corsica, Caucasus Georgia, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Ukraine and Italy--include a mixture of students and adults. ALSO AVAILABLE AS A FULL DOWNLOAD.
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Far Heaven: Songs & Tunes for Chorus & Small Groups

by Don Jamison
Published by Don Jamison, Burlington, VT, 2009. Comes with accompanying CD with marvellous performances.
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Lord, I Walked

2008 UK/EU Tour, Northern Harmony
Lord, I Walked cover

Northern Harmony's 2007 European tour began with two weeks in residence in Corsica, where the group learned the piquant set of Coriscan songs featured on this album. Lord, I Walked also features gospel quartet and Appalachian harmonies, traditional Georgian, South African, Balkan and Ukranian songs, a Genoese trallalero, shape-note and renaissance pieces, and a Quebecois song.
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The Folk Rhythm Volume Two:
South African Folk, Church & Protest Songs

Arrangements by Matlakala Bopape, edited by Patty Cuyler


Eighteen South African songs, for SATB choir. The package includes a book of transcriptions, two CDs containing separate performance, pronunciation & practice tracks for each song, and an instructional dance DVD. Also included is a pronunciation guide. 90 pp.
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