July 21 - 28, 2018
Come learn, dance, relax, and raise the rafters in song at Harmony of Song & Dance. The theme of the week is community dance and music making, and the goal is to have fun and create beauty together. A terrific teaching staff will offer a range of classes to build on your knowledge, skills and creativity. Daily classes include Contra, Square, and English Country Dancing; Gospel Songs, Songwriting, Songs of Struggle, Madrigals, and Traditional Ballads; instrumental ensembles including a Honky-Tonk Band; and traditional dances from Sweden, France, and England.
Camp participants will come together from near and far bringing their songs, talents and curiosity. This year's excellent and intergenerational teaching staff will offer their deep knowledge and rigorous commitment to their craft while setting a supportive, friendly tone, meeting learners wherever they are in their learning process. The program offers inspiration and support for all levels of experience and a wide range of interests.
Mornings begin with vocal warmups and the All Camp Chorale where the entire camp sings together in harmony, building a common repertoire throughout the week. The singing staff take turns leading songs, some by ear, some from written music, some a little of both. Expect folk songs, country gospel, polyphonic choral music from around the world, traditional chorus songs and more.
After the Chorale we give our limbs a good stretch and go dancing. Our dancing leaders offer English Country, Contra, and a beginner-friendly session.
In the afternoons there is a cornucopia of opportunities to sing, dance, and play instruments. A few suggestions:
- Take Songwriting with Cindy Kallet, who teaches with kindness and humor to guide us through this perhaps-daunting project.
- Settle into a state of creative flow in Julie Vallimont's Crankie Making art class.
- Zone in on harmonic skills in Harmony Singing By Ear, or on rhythmic skills in Anna's “Deliver the Rhythm” Dance Band.
- Learn more about traditional singing in classes with Bob Walser, Suzannah Park, and Arthur Davis. Their classes are not just about repertoire and style, but also about the community-building aspects of social singing.
- Interested to branch out from English and Anglo-American traditions? There is a strong international theme to the week this year, with World Music Harmony, Yiddish Singing, and French and Swedish folk dancing.
- Take a break! Drink in the beauty of Pinewoods. Sit on a dock and rest your feet, voice, and brain!
After a delicious dinner there is a short, intimate staff concert, often featuring new collaborations between staff members. Following the concert, we make our way to C# pavilion for a social dance party for the whole community: contra and English country dance, squares and waltzes.
The dance ends with a closing song, bringing the day full circle. For the nocturnally inclined, merriment often continues with more music, dance, games, or other hanging out in the camp house.
The fun and full days of singing, dancing, and playing together are packed with so many kinds of connections – from the magical moments when a hundred or more of us lock into a rhythm to informal music-making where you discover a fellow camper who shares your obsession with a favorite song or tune. Take pleasure in the beauty of participating in the forms of music and dance you already know. Take a risk and try something new, knowing that the program's diverse offerings include something that is new to every person there. Network, share knowledge, meet new people, laugh, be moved.
Shut down your computer and take a week in the woods for your musical and dancing nourishment!
~ Anna Patton, Program Director
|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
|11:50-12:25||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
|1:15-1:50||Shape Note Singing on the Porch|
|5:45-6:15||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
|7:30||Evening Gathering and Staff Concert|
|8:30||Evening Dance Party|
The morning chorale brings the entire camp together to start the day with a 75 minute singing session where our diverse singing staff take turns leading harmony songs both by ear and from written music. The material will range from easy and fun to more challenging (and still fun!) A big sing at the end of the week will be a review of the highlights of this session. The repertoire may include Chorus songs, Gospel, Early Music, World Music, newly written Folk Songs, and more.
Music by: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Julie Vallimont, Arthur Davis: Spend the week dancing your way through the broad and rich repertoire of traditional American social dancing. Contras, Squares, and more! Nils will make sure that everyone - from the newest to the most nimble - feels welcome on the dance floor, and engaged by the selection of dances.
Music by: Anna Patton, Karen Axelrod, Eden MacAdam-Somer: Something savory, something sweet, something brisk and bracing—come dig in to a smorgasbord of English country dance as we enjoy a moving "second breakfast." We'll have old favorites and new, simple fare and chewier morsels, engaging for feet and ears and minds.
Music by: Kristen Planeaux, Naomi Morse: Are you new to Contra or English dancing? Have you danced Contra and English before, but wish you could develop your skills a bit more in? Are you a seasoned dancer who loves creating joy for new dancers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the class for you! We will explore the similarities and differences between Contra and English dancing, cover basic forms and figures, and help everyone find new joy and confidence on the dance floor!
Come sing some rousing four-part Sacred Harp Music while you digest!
Enjoy the harmonic variety that is world polyphony through songs about love, loss and celebration from a collection of countries in 2, 3 & 4 part harmony. We'll be singing songs from America, England, Bulgaria, Caucasus Republic of Georgia, South African and Columbia. All singing levels are welcome and all songs and parts will be taught by ear and no sight-reading skills are required.
Eden will share her passion for the tradition of Yiddish song, from its folk roots in Eastern Europe to musical theater in New York. We'll work with field recordings and lyric sheets, learning a bit about the history as we go. Students are welcome to bring a notebook and a recording device.
There is a resurgence of community singing around the USA today from pub sings in Brattleboro to the long running Shanty Sings at Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco. In this class we’ll explore all kinds of songs that shine in these settings as well as ‘stealth song leading’ techniques to subtly enhance group singing for everyone in the room.
In this workshop we will explore the harmony sounds of some of the best brother duets ever recorded. The list is extensive, but think Stanleys, Louvins, and Everlys, and you’ll get the idea. We’ll figure out some of the secrets that made them sound so good, and we’ll make our own harmonies with our own voices, the brothers leading the way. “I don’t sing harmony,” you say? Remember that singing the melody is half of the harmony, so yes, you do! We need you too!
Let’s make up stuff! We won’t have the leisure to wait for inspirational lighting to strike, so we’ll just have to adapt our lighting rods to receive creative electricity at all hours of the day. We’ll write snippets, phrases, whole verses, maybe even entire songs, and share them with the rest of the group. We’ll spend part of the class doing short whole-group exercises to get the juices flowing, and part of the time working on our own or in duos or trios.
Madrigals are songs for several voices, often centered around themes of love, nature, or death. In this class, we'll hone in on rhythmic details, dynamics, phrasing, ensemble work, and building reading skills, all while reveling in the beautiful sounds of these works.
The rich a deep well of American and British Isles ballads is an important and powerful way that stories, lessons and life are sung about and shared. In this class we will teach songs as well as having space for folks to share ballads they already know. We’ll talk about the dynamic of how and when to share these songs and tricks for memorization. Join us and learn knee to knee as we share our stories and songs with each other.
The Southern tradition of singing Gospel goes back a long way, and we will explore mostly older songs with interesting harmonies and beautiful messages that can speak to even the sourest cynics. B Y O G(God) to this celebratory circle where we will let the music take us where it will. The love and practice of singing binds us together and grounds us. And gospel songs can lift us up to the heavens for a few minutes at a time if we let them.
We will look at the past 400 years of songs from working class movements for peoples' rights in the US and UK, and sing them for today. From the Diggers movement in 17th century England, to striking Kentucky coal miners in the 1930s, from The Peoples Charter and disenfranchisement in the UK 150 years ago, to women working in the textile mills marching against greedy bosses at the turn of the 20th century, these songs still hold a powerful message.
Using a variety of games, exercises and songs, we'll explore, through trial and error (errors most especially welcome!) the magical and sometimes mysterious world of harmony. You'll gain confidence in your ability to identify scales, chords and intervals, and use these tools to help you find harmonies, both conventional and surprising. Come play with notes with us!
Delve deep into some early European harmonies. This class will focus on two or three pieces from 15th-16th centuries with perhaps a quicker look at a few others. We will explore the luscious harmonies and exciting rhythms this music has to offer, and seek out the most resonant spot in camp to sing. Ability to read music is a plus.
Have you ever loved a song, but wanted to be more creative with an accompaniment? Do you notice that some songs like to have fancy arrangements, others simple? This workshop will be geared towards any level guitarist (though it will be helpful to be able to change chords fairly easily). Feel free to bring along a song and we'll try out some accompaniment possibilities that hopefully will expand your ideas of what a left hand and a right hand can do together. Open tunings will be explored, too.
Honky Tonk Band is the perfect place to explore your lonesome side. Kari and Andrew will guide you through the dim lights and thick smoke with nothing but three chords and the truth. We will work on classic country music of the 1950s (and beyond) by artists like Hank Williams Sr., George Jones, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. Harmony singing will certainly be a focus and we will aim to arrange a couple songs for Roadhouse on Thursday night. Attention musicians: all instruments and experience levels are very welcome! There will be opportunities to work on improvising, band skills and music theory; basic charts and lyric sheets will be provided.
Ethan offers mini-lessons for fiddlers or other melody players throughout the week. This is a chance for personalized exploration of whatever musical questions are challenging or exciting you at the moment. Work on a particular technique, explore stylistic variation, expand your repertoire, play tunes together, or something else. A few lesson slots may be available at other times of day as well.
This class is for dance musicians who want to dig into the rhythmic aspects of ensemble playing in a playful, exploratory way. There are so many different ways to play rhythmically: even sweeping legatos can be rhythmic. How can we create more rhythmic variation? How can we listen better to each other's rhythm? How can a melody player find a niche in the rhythm section and vice versa? How to approach dragging or speeding tendencies? How to deliver the most satisfying kinds of oomph for different kinds of choreography? Rhythm-based improvisation!? We will play a mix of contra tunes, ECD tunes, and waltzes, depending on the group's interests.
Music by: Melissa Running, Naomi Morse: Come and learn Swedish turning dances with a focus on movement quality, partner connection, and musicality. Based on my experiences at a year long course in folk dance in sweden, these skills will be accessible to the beginner as well as provide new challenges to the long-time dancer. Discover the mesmerizing world of these dances such as Schottis, Slangpolska, Hambo, and Polska, all to the beautiful music of the nyckelharpa. Bring shoes that you can pivot in, and an open mind to new approaches to dance
Enter into the exciting and entrancing world of French folk dances and be careful not to get addicted! A diverse set of dances that include couples turning dances, set dances, circle dances and more! You will learn dances like mazurka, hanter dro, bourée, rondo, schottishe, and more. To come and get a head start on what may be the next folk dance craze in the US bring dance shoes, and excitement, no french required!
Music by: Arthur Davis: Swords, sticks, bells and more! Come explore English Ritual Dance traditions including sword dance from Yorkshire, Morris from the Cotswold Hills and more. We’ll begin with an introduction to various traditions then, depending on the interests of participants, focus on one or more styles in greater depth.
Crankies are like "movies on paper". This magical storytelling form dates back to the 1800s. A scroll of paper or other material is put in a special display box and a crank is turned to make the paper move. Often they have songs and tunes that go with them. We'll make crankies together. Depending on what the group wants, we'll make one big crankie together, several small ones, and/or tiny individual crankies.
Music by: Andrew VanNorstrand:
Anna Patton grew up in a musical family in northern Vermont and was immersed from a young age in an eclectic mix of jazz, classical, traditional and world music. These days she gets to incorporate many of those influences into playing clarinet for different kinds of dancing, including English, Contra, Swing, and Blues. For the last decade, Anna's innovative dance band Elixir has toured extensively around the U.S. and abroad. She also plays clarinet with other groups like the Julian Gerstin Sextet and the Dunham Shoe Factory. When not on the road, Anna spends her time teaching, arranging, and composing vocal music for the Jazz choir she directs and other choirs around Vermont. Anna also teaches workshops on playing for dancing, aural skills, and improvisation. She received her Masters from New England Conservatory in 2014, focusing on early jazz, free improvisation, and composition in the conservatory's Contemporary Improvisation program. She lives in Brattleboro VT with her husband, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins.
Karen Axelrod is highly regarded for her creative piano playing at English, American and Scottish dance events around the country. She is in the band Foxfire, Alchemy with Eric Martin and Rachel Bell, and Peregrine Road with Rachel Bell. Karen plays accordion with 3rd String Trio, a band that plays old world cafe music. She also plays accordion for Orion Longsword. She loves the ensemble aspect of playing for dancing, as well as the close connection between what the musicians do and what the dancers do. When not playing music, Karen spends her time coming in last in marathons.
Jeremy Carter-Gordon grew up singing and dancing at Pinewoods. He recently completed an MA in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage, and currently studies at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Sweden. Jeremy sings with Windborne, a quartet that studies and performs polyphonic singing traditions from around the world. He is known for his banjo picking and powerful bass voice, along with a joyous enthusiasm for song and dance.
Arthur Davis has been singing and playing music for as long as he can remember. As a dance musician, he has played with the bands Gallimaufry and now Cloud Ten, bringing a sense of classic New England piano playing and old-time banjo. As a singer, he has spent much of the last few years aboard various sailing ships, singing sea songs to accompany the daily work of operating a sailing vessel as well as singing songs just about anywhere he can. When not playing music, Arthur sails on ships and does environmental science in Vermont.
Nils Fredland has been singing in choirs since 1980, and calling dances since 2000. Respected for his expertise and clear leadership, and appreciated for his kindness and warmth, Nils is a popular caller for dancers of all ages and levels of experience. He is widely known as an engaging and skillful song leader; his primary goal is to create a welcome and safe environment for all participants, and to deliver a joyful, community-building experience through learning and singing together. Nils is the Artistic Director of Revels North, an independent arts organization based in Hanover, NH, with a 40-year history of building community through song, story, dance, and theater in the Upper Valley.
Katy German grew up in Berea, Kentucky - a community full of song and dance traditions from Appalachia, England, and Denmark. She was a member of the traveling youth performance team The Berea Festival Dancers, with whom she traveled to Denmark, England, Scotland, and Ireland. Katy's passion is working with youth, inter-generational, and beginning-level dancers. She's been on staff at many family dance weeks, including Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap, Cumberland Dance Week, and Lady of the Lake. During her six years in the Chapel Hill area, she helped coordinate monthly family dances. She now lives in Asheville, NC, singing, dancing, and calling family dances. She remains very involved with Christmas Country Dance School in Berea, as a program adviser, youth program coordinator, and class instructor. Katy is currently the Executive Director of CDSS.
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins performs traditional and original music with infectious energy, passion and grace. His fiery, lyrical fiddling fuses elements of Irish, French Canadian and New England styles, along with influences from swing, blues and classical music. Based in Brattleboro, VT, Ethan tours extensively with the bands Elixir and The Figments. From April 2008 to April 2009 Ethan was Youth Projects Intern for the Country Dance and Song Society, where he worked to encourage young people to get involved in traditional dance and music.
Cindy Kallet is a songwriter, singer and guitarist who has taught and performed extensively throughout North America. She tours as a solo performer, as half of the duo, Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen, and as a third of the trio, Kallet, Epstein and Cicone. She adores teaching at music camps, and loves to help nurture the harmony-singing, songwriting and guitar-playing potential in all of us.
Eden MacAdam-Somer is one of the most exciting and versatile musicians performing today. Hailed by the New York Times as reflecting "astonishing virtuosity and raw expression," her music transcends genre through soaring violin, sweet vocals, and percussive dance, weaving in and out of the many cultures that have formed her experience. Her travels have carried her across the contiguous U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, to Afghanistan, India, China, Iceland, Israel, and the U.K. Eden is a full-time faculty member at New England Conservatory, where she teaches improvisation and serves as Co-Chair of the Department of Contemporary Improvisation. She also makes frequent visits to Kabul, Afghanistan, where she works with young Afghan musicians as guest faculty member at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and collaborates with local artists. Her solo album, My First Love Story, was listed as one of the top ten jazz albums of 2015 in the Boston Globe. In addition to her work in Boston, Eden maintains an active international performance and recording career as a soloist and with such bands as Notorious Folk, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and Hebrew National Salvage.
Naomi Morse grew up surrounded by music and dance in the folk communities of New England. She is known for her energetic and driving fiddle playing for both contra and English dancing in many bands, including Night Watch, Housetop and the mega-fiddle-band Childsplay. She has toured extensively with the world music ensemble Northern Harmony and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she sings professionally.
* Suzannah Park
Suzannah Park comes from a family of three generations of ballad singers, storytellers, and dancers. Her interest in the performance and study of traditional music of many kinds has taken her from music-filled kitchens to concert halls across the U.S. and Europe. Whether she’s teaching American ballads, South African or Bulgarian village songs, good times abound. When not on tour with the Starry Mountain Singers or Village Harmony, Suzannah lives in the NC mountains of her birth where she dances with the Green Grass Cloggers and leads the Wild Asheville Community Chorus.
Kristen Planeaux is an emerging pianist on the English and American dance scenes; she brings bold rhythm and warm, imaginative harmony to melodies both traditional and modern. She plays widely with her band The Ripples and has collaborated with a variety of folk musicians from Tennessee to New Hampshire. She also calls contra dances and co-organizes Form the Ocean, a new contra dance retreat for women. Kristen has made a living teaching music to children for almost a decade, but look out, she'll sing and dance with folks of every age! For the last year, she's spent her spare moments upside-down in the delightful world of acroyoga.
Melissa Running discovered folk dance in college (PE credit! With music!) and hasn't stopped since. She plays piano for English, Scottish, and contra, plays nyckelharpa for English and Scandinavian dance and the occasional concert, and calls English across the country, most often locally in the suburbs of DC, Maryland side. Aside from music and dance activities, she works at linguistic precision as a technical writer and editor, and knits with the zeal of the newly converted.
Kari Sickenberger is a singer and songwriter from Asheville, NC. She and musical partner, Laurelyn Dossett founded the band Polecat Creek and made three records together with world class banjo player Riley Baugus. Kari has also toured with and sung on recordings by Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwarz. She teams up with Vollie McKenzie in the Asheville band, The Western Wildcats, a classic country and honky tonk dance quintet, and she regularly teaches private and public singing and harmony workshops. Kari draws on her vast experience as a world traveler and a Spanish and English teacher and her lifelong love for and experience with music to create a safe and encouraging environment for new and experienced singers alike.
Julie Vallimont performs nationwide on piano and accordion for contra dances, English and Scottish dance, French bal folk, and concerts. She is known for her sensitive accompaniment, skill in matching the music to the dance, and music with heart. Drawing on teaching skills developed over fifteen years as a natural science educator, Julie enjoys leading workshops and teaching. She is also an experienced live sound engineer. When she has time, she makes crankies, paper art, and pottery.
Andrew VanNorstrand is an accomplished singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from upstate New York. As a member of the Great Bear Trio, Giant Robot Dance and the Andrew & Noah Band he has toured extensively all over North America and has been a featured performer and instructor at many well-known festivals and music camps. His repertoire incorporates a wide range of musical genres and he loves exploring the connections between music and dance.
Musician, scholar and educator Bob Walser’s musical career spans decades and continents. In the early 1980s he made his living as a shantyman (!) at Mystic Seaport, one of the largest maritime museums in the US. Since then he has presented Folklore In Action folk music and dance programs as an artist-in-residence in schools across the USA, and performed as a singer, dance leader and dance musician from Maine to California and overseas. As a scholar, Bob earned his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. His research in Folk Music and Music Education has been published in the Folk Song Journal and Folk Life (UK) and publications by World Music Press. In addition, he has three CDs for The Old and New Tradition label to his credit as well as guest appearances on recordings in the US, France and England.
* PROGRAM ADVISOR, plus
Life at Camp
ABOUT PINEWOODS CAMP
CDSS has been at Pinewoods Camp since 1933. Located on 25 acres of woodlands near Plymouth, Massachusetts, it provides the setting for educational vacations filled with music and dance. Spacious, wooden outdoor dance pavilions are nestled among the towering pines. Cozy two-person cabins offer accommodations between two beautiful lakes, which are ideal for swimming, kayaking, canoeing and relaxing. The main pebbly beach has a long dock, with deep-water swimming to the anchored raft offshore. Scattered along the shores of the two lakes are other, more private, entries to the water. Gatherings, parties and concerts are held in the lakeside Camphouse, next to the main beach. The open-air, lakeside Dining Hall offers delicious meals and a congenial atmosphere for meeting new friends. With their large stone fireplaces, both the Dining Hall and the Camphouse provide a warm place to gather in cooler weather.
Plan your packing so that you can carry luggage to your cabin over narrow, sometimes uphill paths. There are carts available in the parking areas to help with loading or unloading.
Pinewoods is about a one hour drive from Boston, MA, and about five hours from New York, NY. It is accessible by train, bus and van service.
GETTING TO CDSS PROGRAMS AT PINEWOODS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT
It is easier than ever to get to CDSS programs at Pinewoods Camp from Boston's Logan Airport or South Station! Book a flight that arrives by 1p.m. (or train that arrives by 1:40) and reserve a seat (available after January 1) on the 2:00 van to camp – this is the earliest we will be ready to receive you. The van runs from Logan Airport and South Station right to camp, where the greeters will help you unload at the place most convenient to your cabin. You can also reserve a seat for your 9:45 departure on the last day of camp, suitable for flights, or trains, noon and later. Please reserve your van seats at least 10 days before you arrive. We cannot guarantee space for late reservations. Van seats are $30 in each direction.
The program begins with swimming and an informal tour of camp on the afternoon of the first day; followed by an orientation meeting and dance after dinner.
Arrival time is after 3:00pm on the starting Saturday. Departure is by 10:00am the final Saturday.
You will need to bring a flashlight to find your way around at night. A battery powered or wind up alarm clock and insect repellent may be useful. If you are on a special diet, you may need to bring your own particular food. An ice chest for drinks and snacks to share at after-dance parties may be handy; there is some refrigeration available. A specific packing list is sent with acceptance information.
Don't forget to pack your swimsuit, raincoat, sweater, towels, bed linen, and blankets or a sleeping bag. An extra blanket could be needed.
The nearest stores are a 15-30 minute drive away.
All participants are assigned on-site housing in the month before camp starts. Space is limited; we can't guarantee that all specific requests will be filled. Requests may be made on the Registration Form or with information sent later.
Most housing is in double-occupancy cabins with bathrooms close by. There are some buildings with several single rooms, as well as a few houses with a variety of bedrooms and bathrooms. Double cabins tend to be quieter than singles or houses.
General housing categories at Pinewoods are:
- Quiet or party areas
- Double or single occupancy
- Double cabin
- Building with bathroom
- Specific area or building
For Family and Campers' Weeks, housing will be assigned based on the age of the youngest family member; most children over six are assigned a roommate in a cabin near their parents.
In the cooperative spirit of camp life, all campers have a daily job to help camp run smoothly.
Jobs are usually a half hour or less per day, every day, and the same job all week. Jobs are assigned in the month before camp starts; you have the opportunity make specific requests about your job assignment either on the Registration Form or later with your Registration Status Form.
We can't guarantee that all specific job requests will be filled, but please let us know if you have a preference or limitation (e.g., dust allergy, unable to lift heavy objects, can't stay up late, can't get up for breakfast).
At family sessions parents are generally assigned a job with their young children.
General job categories are:
- Dining room: breakfast, lunch or dinner (set/clear tables)
- Kitchen (serve food, clear, wash dishes, make coffee/tea)
- Sweeping (pavilions, community areas)
- Party help (late night party setup/cleanup)
- Clerical (office, bookstore, auction)
- Greeters (must be able to arrive by 2:00pm)
- Gopher (campstore, auction, lifting)
PHONE & COMPUTERS
Though your plate will be full with activities while at camp, for those of you who must keep in contact with work or home, there are options. There is first class mail and UPS service. We do ask that laptops and cell phones be kept out of the awareness of other campers. Even if you can't, others want to enjoy this time away from the reminders of work-a-day living.
There is a touch-tone phone for camper use; you will need a calling card to make long distance calls. Cell coverage is ok.