July 26 - August 2, 2014


For Singers Who Love to Dance and for Dancers Who Love to Sing

Singing on the porch after lunch. Photo by Bob Solosko 2011

The Country Dance and Song Society exists to celebrate and promote participatory dance, music, and song. There is no place where that celebration is as tangible as it is at The Harmony of Song & Dance. The magic of Pinewoods Camp – nestled between two ponds and amid the pines – serves as the backdrop for the remarkable community that forms through the experience of a week of singing, dancing, and eating together. There is a space for YOU at The Harmony of Song & Dance: no matter whether you have years of experience as a dancer, singer, or both; or you are new to these cherished activities, and are looking for an experience to build skills and find confidence; or you want a situation that will allow you to take risks, find support, and be inspired; or you want simply to relax in a beautiful place, surrounded by music and dance. In the words, sung by former staff member Kathy Bullock; “You are welcome in this place.” The experience will be richer for all participants if you grace us with your presence.

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. Each staff member has deep roots in the song and dance traditions they are teaching, and their teaching reflects how these dynamic traditions are continuously evolving. Staff was all chosen for their expertise, but also for their ability to teach and nurture, as well as for their willingness to engage fully as members of the camp community.

Be part of the community at the Harmony of Song & Dance: engage, be inspired, feel supported; sing, dance, and make music!


You wake up in your cabin, walk along 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 or tea. Then you climb over the wooded hill past a village of tiny cabins and down the other side to the C# minor pavilion where your vocal coach is starting vocal warm-ups and – if needed – helping you find your vocal part. By 9:00 AM nearly one hundred and fifty singers are sitting on benches, and the daily 75-minute All Camp Chorale has begun.

During the Chorale, the singing staff take turns leading songs, some by ear, some from written music, some a little of both. The repertoire may include American country harmony, South African choral music, shape note and gospel, contemporary a cappella, and new arrangements of traditional songs. By the end of the week, we will share a common repertoire; you may find yourself in impromptu choir with some of your fellow campers, singing your way through your favorite All-Camp Chorale songs…perhaps on one of the tree-lined paths, or on the dock, or outside of the Dining Hall. The Chorale sets the mood for your day; be engaged by the diversity of repertoire, be inspired by the expertise of the staff song leaders, and be supported by your fellow participants and other staff members. It is the daily, all-inclusive opportunity to raise your voice, together with your fellow campers. Your abilities and comfort as a singer will be met with the support you need to participate fully in the experience.

After a short break, the entire camp splits into three groups for an hour of social dancing: English country; contras and squares; and the traditional English ritual dance known as Morris dancing.

Then swimming in the lake, jamming on the porch, visiting the bookstore, and socializing with friends old and new. And we haven’t even had lunch yet.

As lunch is wrapping up, there is “Singing on the Porch” with participants taking turns leading pub type chorus songs. After lunch, classes include a potpourri of singing, instrumental music making, and dancing.

After dinner there is a concert in the cozy gathering place known as the Camphouse, where staff members perform solo, or in small group collaboration that is always amazing, sometimes amusing. The concert is followed by the evening dance – including contra, square, and English – at the C# pavilion, just a short walk down another lovely Pinewoods path.

The evening dance allows us to end our day as we began it – as whole camp community – this time to move together on the dance floor. Dance leaders Michael Cicone and Nils Fredland, supported by the stellar instrumental staff, take pride in their ability to create a diverse program of dances that will engage everyone, from the most novice to the most knowledgeable. Say yes, step onto the dance floor, and be swept up in the magic.

The dance ends with a closing song, bringing the day full circle.

Nils Fredland, Program Director


Program Directors
Keith Murphy & Becky Tracy

Mary Alice Amidon *
Peter Amidon *
Rani Arbo
Karen Axelrod
Adam Brown
Jeff Davis
Pascal Gemme
Scott Higgs
Cindy Kallet
Naomi Morse
Anna Patton
John Roberts
Emily Troll
Mary Wesley
* Advisors, plus Nils Fredland, Steve Howe


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
11:50-12:25 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:30 Lunch
Singing on the Porch: Ellen Epstein
Percussive Dance and Vocal Jam: Gillian Stewart
A Lonesome Sound: Andrew VanNorstrand
Shape-Note Songs, Old and New: Brendan Taaffe
Finding Your Own Voice: English Traditional Solo Singing: Adam Broome
Harmony By Ear: Cindy Kallet, Grey Larsen
Band Lab: Betsy Branch
Blues Dance, Roots and Branches: Nicole Singer
Arranging for Vocal Ensemble: Michael Cicone, Cindy Kallet, Ellen Epstein
Afrolacia, The Imaginary Kingdom: Brendan Taaffe
Body Awareness for Singers and Instrumentalists: Jaige Trudel
Music Theory for Anyone: Betsy Branch
Old-time Fiddle Traditions of Brown and Monroe Counties, Indiana: Grey Larsen
Tune Session/Exchange: Daron Douglas
4:15-4:45 Tea
Advanced Dance Potpourri: Michael Cicone, Nils Fredland
Community Chorale: Brendan Taaffe
Songwriting: Cindy Kallet
Irish Session Repertoire for All Instruments: Grey Larsen
Ballad Swap: Daron Douglas
Maritime Music: Nicole Singer
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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