July 21 - 28, 2012

Program Description

You wake up in your cabin in the woods, walk through a wooded path between tall slender pines to another cabin for your shower and ablutions. You join your greater family of singers and dancers at the dining hall for a hearty breakfast and a cup of coffee. Then you climb over the wooded hill past a village of tiny cabins and down the other side to the C# Minor pavilion where the first singing master of the morning has already started vocal warm-ups. By 9:00 over a hundred singers are sitting on the benches and the daily 75-minute All Camp Chorale has started in earnest, with the singing staff taking turns leading songs, some by ear, some from written music, some a little of both. The repertoire includes English, Irish and Appalachian ballads, French Canadian call and response songs, African American gospel and spirituals, English pub carols, and songs composed by folks steeped in the oral tradition.

After a short break, the entire camp splits into three groups for an hour of social dancing: English country, contras and squares, and a session of English and contra dancing basics for beginners.

Then swimming in the lake and jamming on the porch. And we haven’t even had lunch yet.

As lunch is wrapping up David Jones leads “Singing on the Porch” with participants taking turns leading pub type chorus songs. After lunch classes include a potpourri of singing, music making and dancing including gospel, ballads, duo singing, harmony by ear, rapper, morris dancing, Appalachian clog dancing, song arranging, dance band class, old time slow jam, fiddle class, northern tune session, and a wind & percussion band.

After dinner there is a staff concert in the Camphouse followed by contras and English dancing for all.

The theme of the week is community music making, based on the foundation of the riches of traditional song and dance, and the understanding that new songs and dances grow out of the old. The staff  have deep roots in the song and dance traditions they are teaching, and their teaching reflects how these dynamic traditions are continuously evolving.

Bring your instruments to accompany song and dance as well as for informal jamming; bring your voices; and be ready to dance!

Join us for this week of singing, dancing and music-making!

-- Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, Program Co-directors


Mary Alice Amidon, Program Director
Peter Amidon, Program Director
Stefan Amidon
Karen Axelrod
Mary Cay Brass
Kathy Bullock
Arthur Davis
Brad Foster
Nils Fredland
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins
David Jones
Keith Murphy
Suzannah Park
Anna Patton
Gillian Stewart
Becky Tracy


7:45-8:15 Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45 Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available
8:45-9:00 Vocal Warm-ups
All-Camp Chorale: Singing Staff
Dance Classes
11:30-12:25 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:30 Lunch
Singing on the Porch: David Jones
Community Chorale: Mary Cay Brass
Harmony by Ear: Suzannah Park
Traditional Song Arranging: Keith Murphy
The Transcendental Old-Time Slow Jam: Stefan Amidon
Pinewoods HSD Dance Band: Becky Tracy
Morris Dance: Gillian Stewart
The Fredland School of Song: Nils Fredland
Gospel/Spirituals: Kathy Bullock
Shape Note and Quartet Singing: Stefan Amidon, Arthur Davis
Appalachian clogging: Suzannah Park
Northern Tune Session: Mary Cay Brass
4:15-4:45 Tea
Harmony Choral Singing: Mary Alice Amidon, Peter Amidon
Harmony Songs: Kathy Bullock
Ballad Singing: Suzannah Park
Fiddle Laboratory: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins
Rapper Dance: Gillian Stewart
English Country Dance: Brad Foster
5:45-6:25 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
6:30 Dinner
8:00 Staff Concert
9:15 Evening Dance Party
11:00 Late Night Activities
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