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This page last updated:
September 5, 2014

Welcome!
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.

Go HERE to read about this past summer's camp sessions.
Start day-dreaming now about coming with us on a study-performance trip next year. We will post our 2015 schedule in early October.


Northern Harmony tours New England,

the UK & the EU: September 2-November 1, 2014

The highest level performing group under the umbrella of the world Northern Harmonymusic organization Village Harmony, Northern Harmony’s singers are primarily brilliant young graduates of Village Harmony singing programs. The 16-member ensemble—led by VH founder and artistic director Larry Gordon—is already touring and giving concerts to enthusiastic crowds in New England, with stops in Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, New York & Pennsylvania through September 13. The group will move on to England on September 16, and then will perform in France, Switzerland & Germany from October 15-November 1.
COMPLETE TOUR DETAILS HERE.


 

Come sing with us this fall! Join one of our world music choruses in Boston, Brooklyn and Chicago:

• Boston Harmony
Directed by Larry Gordon & Patty Cuyler
— Boston Harmony, which meets one weekend a month in Concord, MA, 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 on Atlantic Ave near Court Street in Brooklyn Heights. We have two 4-month semesters each year.
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 meet one Sunday each month from 1-4 pm at the Second Unitarian Church, 656 W. Barry Ave in the Lakeview neighborhood. 
The 2014-15 season schedule is: October 19, November 23, December 14, January 25, February 8, March 22, April 19 and May 17.
About the Chicago World Music Chorus→

This past Labor Day weekend we started

Village Harmony's

25th anniversary year

with a 4-day long music festival in central Vermont, with over 250 alumni and faculty members in attendance. WATCH VIDEO CLIPS FROM THE WEEKEND'S GALA CONCERT EVENING, including performances by Northern Harmony, Windborne, Tenores de Aterué, Washed Up Beulah Band, Starry Mountain Singers and Village Harmony founder Larry Gordon conducting Charpentier's Te Deum with chamber orchestra.

READ WHAT PEOPLE ARE POSTING, AND CHECK OUT A GROWING SAMPLE OF OTHER VIDEO AND PHOTOS FROM THE VILLAGE HARMONY 25TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND.

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.
More information→

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.
More information→

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.
More information→


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.

More information→


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.
More information→

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.
More information→


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.
More information→

 

 

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.
More information→

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.
More information→