Summersong Weekend, August 2017

Summersong!  

A Weekend of Music and Merriment

Lynn & Will Rowan

August 25 – 27th

 

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A magical, musical retreat in the mountains of Vermont! Lynn and Will Rowan will lead a weekend of singing with dancing, theater, storytelling, drumming, games, and a fire circle! No music reading skills required, just a willingness and a love of singing. The weekend will include harmony singing from around the world: South Africa, Lithuania, the Republic of Georgia, Bulgaria, and more! We will also sing protest songs, rounds and chants to heal our hearts in these challenging times. There will be an evening fire circle with drumming, singing, and storytelling; an evening of theater improvisation; group dances (pick-up bands for the dances) and group games! Please bring instruments if you have them so you can learn tunes and play for the dancing! The weekend will include a Saturday night concert by Windborne, and workshop participants will have the opportunity to perform as the opening act.  Join a kindred of like-minded music-lovers and celebrate summer’s end with us!

 

Meals and accommodations

The traditional farmyard barn where we will be rehearsing has a common sleeping area upstairs. Participants may alternately bring tents to camp onsite. There are no onsite showers, but there is swimming nearby in a stream and pond. All participants will take part in the daily chores of the camp including cooking our communal meals, cleaning up after meals, and keeping our space tidy, helping build our community for the weekend.

 

Location

The weekend will be held at Whitehill Farm, located in the southern most point of the Northeast Kingdom. The Farm was a traditional dairy farm and we continue to pasture heifers to this day. In fact, the heifers will be in residence the same time you will be. The homestead continues to maintain 40 acres most of which are pasture, but there is a 3 acre parcel of cedars and five acres of sugar maples that are tapped each year. There are outstanding views from the top of this traditionally rugged property where you can take in the White Mountains and the Connecticut River. The property also has a small stream and a neighboring farm yard pond where we can cool off each day.

 

Cost

$100

Please make check out to and mail to:                                                     Heather Alger                                                                                                          Whitehill Farm                                                                                                                     59 Blaisdell Lane,                                                                                                                 East Ryegate, VT 05042

 

Ages

10-Adult

Camp is not geared towards children under 10. Participants aged 10-11 should be accompanied by an adult or older sibling.  Twelve and can attend independently.

 

Sign up HERE!

 

For more information, please contact Heather Alger:  Heather.l.alger@gmail.com

 

Directors:  Lynn & Will Rowan

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Will Rowan

Will was raised in a community where folk music and dance played an important role in bringing people together to celebrate. He fell in love with ensemble singing while touring with Village Harmony, learning from master singers and dancers at home and abroad. He studied music composition and ethnomusicology at Marlboro College, winning awards in choral composition and publishing several pieces. He is finishing a masters in choral conducting at Bard Conservatory, honing his musicianship and broadening his repertoire. Will is also a multi-instrumentalist, playing banjo, piano, accordion, bagpipes, and percussion. With his sensitive style and years of cross-cultural teaching experience from international tours with Northern Harmony, Will is now a sought after song leader, teaching Village Harmony camps in the US and Lithuania.

 

Lynn Rowan

Lynn’s passion for singing and learning about other cultures through music and dance has driven her life’s work as a performer and music educator. She studied vocal performance, conducting, and theater at Marlboro where she founded a world music ensemble. In addition to international touring experience with Windborne and Northern Harmony, Lynn has taught choral singing at Revels North, Village Harmony, the Vermont Theater Company, the New England Youth Theater and in Elementary and High Schools around New England. Whether in harmony singing or theater games, her clear and enthusiastic teaching style makes her a favorite with kids, teens and adults alike.

 

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