template / single events post

Young Tradition Weekend

3 May 2018 - 6 May 2018
All day
various locations in Burlington

Every year in early May, Young Tradition Weekend brings together young people interested in traditional music and dance, and exposes the community at large to young singers, players and dancers and what they bring to the world. Young folks are the focus, supported by their teachers, mentors, friends and families. Given opportunities to interact with others, young people use their inspiration and skills to inspire others to do the same.

Several things motivated the start and continuation of Young Tradition Vermont. At some point there was the observation that a lot of the traditional and folk music we listen to and enjoy is made when folks were in the their teens and twenties. The mission of Young Tradition Vermont is to ensure there are opportunities for young players, singers and dancers to be supported, have opportunities to learn and perform with minimal intervention/interference, to use their interests and skills to serve their communities, and to develop and experiment as part of a living tradition passed down from previous generations. We think of the young folks we support as young in age, but ‘old souls’, the latest in a long line of tradition bearers at the intersection of the past and the future. We not about featuring the ‘stars of tomorrow’ …… we about ensuring the health and vitality of the next link in the chain.

Here’s the current plan for the 2018 weekend……

  • several weeks prior….. Fiddle Tunes Clubs and contra dance residencies at several schools in Burlington area….. Edmunds, Sustainability Academy, Integrated Arts, Champlain and JJ Flynn
  • 5/3/18 Thursday evening….. multi-school contra dance party and dinner at Burlington High School
  • 5/4/18 Friday 2:15pm….. Fara at Friday meeting at Integrated Arts Academy
  • 5/4/18 Friday 7:30pm….. Fara at the UVM Music Recital Hall SOLD OUT!
  • 5/5/18 Saturday 10am …… instrument petting zoo at Kids Day and Kids Day/contest preliminaries and guest performances at Waterfront Park
  • 5/5/18 Saturday 1pm….. performance at Baird 5 Pediatrics at the UVM Medical Center
  • 5/5/18 Saturday 6pm….. awards reception followed by teacher/student concert including the Young Tradition Touring Group at City Hall
  • 5/6/18 Sunday 3pm+….. tribute concert for Margaret MacArthur with family and friends including Dan MacArthur, Gary MacArthur, Megan Littlehales MacArthur, Robin MacArthur, Gordon Bok, Norman Kennedy, John Roberts, Tony Barrand, Deb Flanders, the Zeichners and others at City Hall
  • 5/6/18 5:30pm+….. reception in the lobby at City Hall

Admission to most public events is by donation.  Suggested donations for the Saturday evening showcase and the Sunday tribute concert.  Note that the Integrated Arts Academy and Vermont Children’s Hospital events are not public events.

For more information contact 2018 Young Tradition Weekend Manager Yasi Zeichner or Mark Sustic at mark.sustic@gmail.com.

YT Weekend Contest: Applications

Saturday activities include the annual Young Tradition Weekend Contest (10am to 3pm), which is part of Kids Day at Waterfront Park.   For years now young performers have taken the stage in early May to share their talents in singing, dancing and playing traditional music. It’s a great opportunity to perform, and to meet other young performers. It’s also a great way to get connected to mentors and teachers in the community, and has opened doors for many to other performance opportunities. And every year we award the top three acts a cash prize ($1000, $500 and $250, respectively).  We accept submissions for the contest until April 1st.  Send an email to mark.sustic@gmail.com with the following:

  • a video of your performance
  • the names and ages of all the performers
  • a brief biography of yourself or the group (3-4 sentences)

Videos must be at least one minute long and no more than 5 minutes in length.   You may send either a video in the email itself, or a link to a video posted online (at a performer website, or YouTube, for example). All contestants must be at or under the age of 25 on May 5, 2018.  The only exception is for groups: If the average age of group members is 25 or younger, half or more of the group is 25 or younger, and no one is over 30, the group qualifies for the contest. We post videos and biographies on the Young Tradition Vermont website for public viewing. Young Tradition Vermont board members and past winners of the contest doing the voting for up to 10 finalists, who are invited to take part in the May showcase. On May 5, the audience adds their votes, and prizes are awarded in the evening at the showcase concert at City Hall.

Loading Map....