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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.

24 October 2021 / Read more

Program Managers for Instrument Loan Program and Instrument Petting Zoo

Current and alumni board members as YTV program managers

23 October 2021 / Read more

Youth Commission with Hawktail 10/29/21

Youth Commission will spend time with members of Hawktail and UVM students who play trad music

21 October 2021 / Read more

Program Managers for YTV Festival and YTV Trad Camp

YTV Festival and YTV Trad Camp manager positions

16 October 2021 / Read more

Impact Report July 2020-June 2021

YTV’s annual impact report for the fiscal year 2020/2021

12 October 2021 / Read more

Tom Sustic Fund

Established to help support families with children in life-altering circumstances and hospice. The fund was established from money raised for a bone marrow transplant for Tom, and was repurposed after his death in 2001 to help other families in similar circumstances. Housed and managed administratively at Vermont Family Network (VFN), funds are available for families […]

7 October 2021 / Read more

Children’s Memorial Service

Children’s Memorial Service will happen on 11/14/21 starting at 3pm at Ira Allen Chapel

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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