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Receive it, carry it, pass it on!

Young Tradition Vermont (YTV) is an organization that uses traditional music and dance to ensure young people have opportunities to be inspired and inspiring, to learn and teach, to perform for others, and to serve communities where they live and visit.  With more than two dozen programs, free or at the lowest possible cost to participants, we invite you to become part of the dynamic, committed, diverse and inclusive world YTV is part of.

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The Programs

Young Tradition Vermont programs are inclusive, at low – or no – cost.

Touring Group

Teen and near-teen players, singers and dancers focusing on learning and performing traditional music and dance over a 9-month season, including an April performance tour.  Group members learn from and are supported by a manager, artist leaders, and master musicians.


Fiddleheads is about being inspired by traditional music and playing that music with others.

Young Tradition Festival

A week-long celebration of relationships involving students, teachers, apprentices, master artists and families in local, regional and international traditional music and dance communities.

Instrument Loan Program

Young Tradition Vermont has a variety of acoustic instruments available for loan, at no cost, for young folks (25 and under). 

Tom Sustic Fund

Supporting families who’s children are being treated for life threatening conditions and/or are in hospice care.

Trad Camp

Information about Trad Camp in general. By the new year, there will be updates about camp plans for July 2022.

Instrument Petting Zoo

The Instrument Petting Zoo (IPZ) is a collection of instruments that are installed at schools, farmer’s markets, festivals, parks, recreation programs, music camps, and special events with the express purpose of letting young people play them.

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Latest updates

What’s up right now.

30 November 2021 / Read more

Giving Tuesday 11/30/21

Celebrate, and support, non-profit organizations like YTV.

23 November 2021 / Read more

Touring Group update

YTV Touring Group update November 2021

21 November 2021 / Read more

Ye Vagabonds

Ye Vagabonds receive 2 RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards in Ireland: Best Traditional Track & Best Folk Group

19 November 2021 / Read more

Japan connections

Connections with friends and collaborators in Tottori, Japan.

17 November 2021 / Read more

The Fretless workshop 12/16/21

YTV Youth Commission workshop with the Fretless

16 November 2021 / Read more

Trad Camp and Festival 2022

input and ideas requested during Zoom chats

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We can't do it without you.

Thanks to these friends and neighbors for contributions to YTV programs and activities during summer 2021. Message here if you’d like to add your name, your family, your business or your organization.


Judith Allan

Beilfuss Family Advised Fund at the Rochester Community Foundation

Tyler Bolles

Nancy Bove

National Endowment for the Arts

Nelson Family Foundation

Lisa Ornstein

Gillian Randall

Kate Ross and Larry Becker

Mark Sustic

Diane Travis and Peter Weitzman

Turrell Fund

Vermont Arts Council

Vermont Community Foundation