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Receive it, carry it, pass it on!

Young Tradition Vermont is an organization with a primary focus on inspiring young people using traditional music and dance. With more than two dozen programs at low or no cost to participants, we invite you to learn about and engage with the dynamic, committed, diverse and inclusive world of YTV.

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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.

21 June 2021 / Read more

Touring Group part of United Nations/UNHCR program for World Refugee Day 6/20/21

YTV partners with USCRI Vermont for World Refugee Day 2021.

20 June 2021 / Read more

Fiddleheads Residency with Joanne Garton starts 6/26/21

3-part Fiddleheads residency with Joanne Garton on 6/26/21, 7/17/21 and 8/7/21.

18 June 2021 / Read more

Program Descriptions: Instrument Loan Program

Gradually getting YTV program descriptions updated and re-formatted for the re-designed website.  

17 June 2021 / Read more

Juneteenth 6/19/21

Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Despite the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, declaring ‘that all persons held as slaves’ be freed, the news didn’t reach Texas until two years later on June 19, 1865.

16 June 2021 / Read more

World Refugee Day 6/20/21

World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honor refugees around the globe.

14 June 2021 / Read more

Youth Commission at Wake Robin 6/21/21

Part of a series of YTV collaborations with Wake Robin in Shelburne, the Youth Commission performs, in person, with precautions, on Monday June 21st at 2pm.

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We can't do it without you.

A big shout out to those who make our work possible.