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Trad School

1 August 2021 / Read more

Lisa Ornstein visit 7/30/21

Lisa Ornstein led a fiddle workshop at the Burlington Violin Shop and performed with Pete Sutherland for Summit School’s Trad Camp at Orchard Valley Waldorf School in East Montpelier on Friday 7/30/21.

30 July 2021 / Read more

Lisa Ornstein has arrived!

Lisa Ornstein is in town this weekend

10 June 2021 / Read more

Lisa Ornstein workshop 7/30/21

Workshop with one of the best trad musicians, teachers and scholars in North America.

11 August 2020 / Read more

Trad School class with Oliver Scanlon

For 4 weeks starting 9/8/20, Oliver teaches a fiddle tune writing class where tunes will be explored from the inside.

6 June 2020 / Read more

Fiddleheads Summer Residency with Yasi Zeichner

YTV Trad School resumes with Fiddleheads for a 3 session residency with Yasi Zeichner, focusing on preparing fiddle tunes to be played at several events this fall (e.g. Shelburne Farms Harvest Festival, Children’s Memorial Service). Dates are set, one session for everyone, 9:30am to 10:30am. More info about the possibility of some physically distant but […]

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Youth Commission

17 November 2021 / Read more

The Fretless workshop 12/16/21

YTV Youth Commission workshop with the Fretless

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

29 August 2021 / Read more

Youth Commission concert at Hotel Vermont 8/28/21

The final project/EP release concert for 2020/2021 is a wrap!  The Youth Commission project continues to lead YTV toward joyous possibilities for its programs and activities….. rehearsals, recordings, performances, mentoring, community service.  Thanks Maeve (commissioned artist), Anya, Eme, Ben and Hadley for dedicating the time, energy and focus to making it a successful run since […]

21 August 2021 / Read more

Youth Commission CDs have arrived

…… thanks to many family, friends and supporters! claim yours at this Kickstarter link! ….. 2020/2021 commissioned artist Maeve Fairfax opens the box!  

19 August 2021 / Read more

YTV at New World Festival 9/5/21

The New World Festival returns! The 29th edition of Chandler’s NWF will resume as usual this September 5, Labor Day Sunday. The NWF will once again bring the unique musical styles of Celtic and French-Canadian music and dance to downtown Randolph.  The gates open at noon for food vendor sales, and four stages of live […]

25 June 2021 / Read more

Youth Commission On the Move

During this last full week of June, the Young Tradition Youth Commission has been/will continue to be busier than ever

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.

30 May 2021 / Read more

Youth Commission at Black Creek Fiddlers’ Reunion

The Youth Commission performed at the Black Creek Fiddlers’ Reunion on 5/29/21.

29 May 2021 / Read more

Youth Commission at Black Creek Fiddlers Reunion pre-view

Young Tradition Youth Commission perform at the Black Creek Fiddlers Reunion this weekend, specifically 7pm Saturday night!

7 May 2021 / Read more

Youth Commission

The Youth Commission (Maeve, Anya, Hadley, Eme, Ben) continues to rehearse in East Middlebury, including Saturday afternoon (5/8/21). Preparations are underway for recording sessions with Colin McCaffrey and performances at a couple of virtual summer festivals. EP release planned for August with a TBA release concert by the end of summer. Here’s a quick post-performance […]

19 March 2021 / Read more

Maple Sweet from Vermont Folklife Center

https://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/untapped-blog/episode-19-sweetest-joys-indeed Includes Youth Commission leader Meave Fairfax…… hosted/produced by Mary Wesley, including Pete Sutherland, Margaret MacArthur and more! Just Maeve’s part here: https://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/fieldnotes/maple-sweet-2021

6 March 2021 / Read more

Busy Saturday for YTV

10am Fiddleheads residency rehearsal with Sarah Blair and preparation for 3/16/21 performance for the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival. 3pm Touring Group rehearsal and preparation for 7pm performance for the Chandler Center in Randolph 7pm Touring Group (Youth Commission as opener) first performance of the year for the Chandler Center in Randolph (access via Chandler Center […]

21 February 2021 / Read more

Youth Commission

The 2020/2021 Youth Commission led by Maeve Fairfax continues to rehearse, learn from mentors including Moira Smiley, Deb Flanders and Pete Sutherland, and prepare for possible performances and an end-of-year EP CD project. Maeve was featured in a Kid’s VT article released in early February, everyone performed at a CD release event in January (for […]

22 November 2020 / Read more

Youth Commission

The 2020/2021 Youth Commission led by Maeve Faifax continues to rehearse, learn from mentors like Moira Smiley, Deb Flanders and Pete Sutherland, and prepare for possible performances and an end-of-year CD project. The 2019/2020 group led by Romy Munkres will be doing an online performance in December to celebrate the release of the first Youth […]

25 August 2020 / Read more

Touring Group and Youth Commission at 28th New World Festival 9/6/20

Chandler Center for the Arts is pleased to announce: The 28th New World Festival Will Happen Despite Covid-19! New World Festival Fans take heart! On Sunday, September 6, at 7:30PM to 9:30PM Chandler’s New World Festival will stream music both live from Chandler Music Hall’s main stage in Randolph, and premier virtual performances from around […]

20 July 2020 / Read more

Young Tradition Youth Commission 2020/2021

Young Tradition Vermont continues its Youth Commission program for a second year. The Youth Commision is a group of high school-aged musicians who play and sing in traditional styles. They start rehearsals in September, and will be scheduling performances starting in January and continuing into the summer of 2021, including the annual Young Tradition Festival […]

18 July 2020 / Read more

Youth Commission 7/11/20 concert review by Ava White

7/11/20 Young Tradition Youth Commission concert review written by Ava White The 2019/2020 Young Tradition Youth Commission was awarded Romy Munkres last summer. She assembled Ben Munkres, Hadley Stockwell, Fern Tamagini-O’Donnell, and Abigail Sandy (some of whom may be recognizable as performers in previous Young Tradition concerts and the Touring Group) to form a group […]

9 June 2020 / Read more

Young Tradition Youth Commission

The 2019/2020 Young Tradition Youth Commission was awarded to Romy Munkres. She assembled a small group of young musicians who focused on learning about the histories of different traditional musics and about the historical links between styles. Since they already knew a lot about styles of trad music common in Vermont – including Irish, Cape […]

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Conference

16 April 2017 / Read more

2017 Educator’s Conference cancelled

Our conference on May 5 was significantly under-enrolled and we gave ourselves until April 8 to get a minimum number of people confirmed and registered.   We did not reach the target and were forced to cut our losses and cancel. There are at least 2 ways we intend to make lemonade out of this: Establish at ‘Trad […]

5 April 2017 / Read more

Wanna Dance?

story here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/29/well/walk-stretch-or-dance-dancing-may-be-best-for-the-brain.html  

31 March 2017 / Read more

Folk Educators Group in England

The Folk Educators Group is a national networking group of folk arts educators from across England and beyond, facilitated by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). The Group has become a rapidly growing network committed to promoting high quality folk arts education and supporting the practitioners who deliver it. It exists to provide […]

27 March 2017 / Read more

Playing a Musical Instrument Has a Positive Effect on Academic Outcomes

The findings of a recent study by Dr. Susan Hallam, Professor of Education and Music Psychology at the Institute of Education and Kevin Rogers, of Hampshire Music Service in England, show that young people playing a musical instrument enjoy greater progress and better academic outcomes than those who do not, with the greatest impact for […]

25 March 2017 / Read more

Benefits of Music Education

A useful summary article about the benefits of music education, particularly for babies, toddlers and younger children. Raise your child’s intellectual capacity with music education

5 March 2017 / Read more

Forget Talent: Practice is Key

Forget Talent: Why Practice is Key to Most Prodigies’ Success

4 March 2017 / Read more

Beliefs in Musical Talent

Our beliefs in musical ‘talent’ may hold back budding musicians

22 December 2016 / Read more

Intensive Arts Programs Lower Stress in Young Children

Previous research has determined that poverty can harm children’s educational, social-emotional, and physical health, in part by damaging the bodily systems that respond to the chronically high levels of stress that children in poverty are more likely to experience. A new study has found that intensive arts programs–music, dance, and visual arts–may address this phenomenon […]

5 December 2016 / Read more

Types of Sound That Enables Children to Learn Best

What Types of Sound Experiences Enable Children to Learn Best?  

30 November 2016 / Read more

A Child’s Brain Develops Faster with Exposure to Music Education

A child’s brain develops faster with exposure to music education A two-year study by researchers at the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at the University of Southern California shows that exposure to music and music instruction accelerates the brain development of young children in the areas responsible for language development, sound, reading skill and speech perception. […]

17 October 2016 / Read more

Integrating the Arts

How Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects Makes Learning Come Alive

23 August 2016 / Read more

The Benefits of Playing Music

In recent years, researchers in a variety of medical fields have examined the influence that music training has on cognitive functions and overall health. In fact, the growing consensus concerning the benefits music education imparts to students—building stronger comprehension, math, and problems solving skills—has effected public school curriculum standards. Schools all over the country are […]

20 July 2016 / Read more

4 Tools for Arts Integration

4 Tools for Arts Integration in the Content Classroom

19 July 2016 / Read more

Educators want to pair math and music in integrated teaching method

As a child, before he started playing jazz, composer and musical icon Herbie Hancock was fond of taking things apart and putting them back together. He was perpetually inquisitive and analytical, a quality that carried from his days of tinkering with clocks and watches to his playing of music, where he threw himself into jazz […]

17 May 2016 / Read more

Young Folks Doing Old Stuff Course

Thanks to Castleton University and help from the Vermont Folklife Center, YTV has offered a graduate course associated with the Young Folk Doing Old Stuff conference this past weekend.  Tonight (Tuesday May 17) we have the 2nd conference call meeting associated with the course.  We will discuss reflections on the conference and other activities in general, each student describes at […]

7 May 2016 / Read more

4 Tools for Arts Integration

4 Tools for Arts Integration in the Content Classroom

27 April 2016 / Read more

‘Young Folks Doing Old Stuff’ Course

A 1-credit course associated with the Young Folks Doing Old Stuff Conference is being offered through Castleton University. More info about the course on the Castleton University web site here A syllabus for the course is available on request. More info on the Young Tradition Vermont web site about the conference and the course here The conference fee […]

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Fiddleheads

25 July 2021 / Read more

Fiddleheads with Joanne Garton

Fiddleheads rehearsal and performance with Joanne Garton

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.

1 June 2021 / Read more

CANCELLED Fiddleheads Residency with Joanne Garton

Joanne Garton leads a Fiddleheads rehearsal on 8/7/21 to prepare for 8/8/21 performance.  

25 May 2021 / Read more

Fiddleheads for Beginners part 2

Fiddleheads for Beginners with Fiona Stowell is scheduled for 5/29/21 at 1pm via Zoom. Please confirm at mark.sustic@gmail.com if you are planning to attend. Will send the Zoom link after you have confirmed. We need at least 5 to go ahead. You don’t have to have attended the 1st session to attend the 2nd one. […]

12 April 2021 / Read more

Fiddleheads for Beginners 5/15/21

One of the many challenges of continuing to operate during the pandemic is that many of our ‘entry points’ have been blocked – Trad Camp, Fiddleheads, fiddle tune clubs, school assemblies, family dances, Instrument Petting Zoo installations at festivals, libraries, farmer’s markets, etc. – programs and activities that can open the doors to traditional music […]

16 March 2021 / Read more

Fiddleheads and Sarah Blair 3/16/21

Fiddleheads and Sarah Blair will be part of the program tonight 3/16/21 at the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival. More info about all festival activities, including registration info http://burlingtonirishheritage.org/ photo with Sarah Blair with 8 of the 14 residency participants from 3/6/21 rehearsal, preparing for tonight…..

12 March 2021 / Read more

Burlington Irish Heritage Festival 3/13/21 through 3/17/21

From Saturday the 13th to Wednesday the 17th (St. Patrick’s Day), the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival has a feast of education and entertainment through live events and special recordings to celebrate Irish culture. YTV will be represented on 3/16/21 by Sarah Blair and Fiddleheads as part of a Greg Delanty poetry reading that starts at […]

6 March 2021 / Read more

Busy Saturday for YTV

10am Fiddleheads residency rehearsal with Sarah Blair and preparation for 3/16/21 performance for the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival. 3pm Touring Group rehearsal and preparation for 7pm performance for the Chandler Center in Randolph 7pm Touring Group (Youth Commission as opener) first performance of the year for the Chandler Center in Randolph (access via Chandler Center […]

4 March 2021 / Read more

Fiddleheads for Young Beginners

Not having a typical Trad Camp in 2021, Instrument Petting Zoo installations, rug concerts, and school assemblies shuts off much of our usual range of options for entry level opportunities for young beginner level musicians/dancers. Fortunately we still have the Instrument Loan Program operating at the same level as when COVID-19 wasn’t impacting so much. […]

20 February 2021 / Read more

Fiddleheads Residency with Sarah Blair continues 2/20/21 10am-11am

Young Tradition Vermont continues to host a Saturday morning Fiddleheads residency in association with the 2021 Burlington Irish Heritage Festival. Started on 2/6/21, Sarah Blair leading the 3-session residency as guest instructor, which will continue through 3/6/21. Fiddleheads continues on Zoom until the time comes that we can gather in person again. The sessions are […]

14 January 2021 / Read more

Fiddleheads Residency with Sarah Blair 2/6/21, 2/20/21 and 3/6/21

Young Tradition Vermont is hosting a Saturday morning Fiddleheads residency in association with the 2021 Burlington Irish Heritage Festival. Starting 2/6/21 Sarah Blair will lead a 3-session residency as guest instructor, and will continue on 2/20/21 and 3/6/21. Fiddleheads continues on Zoom until the time comes that we can gather in person again. The sessions […]

9 January 2021 / Read more

Fiddleheads returns!

At the request of several young fiddling friends, Young Tradition Vermont is hosting some Saturday morning Fiddleheads sessions in collaboration with the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival.  Starting 2/6/21 Sarah Blair will lead a 3-session residency as guest instructor.  Fiddleheads will continue on Zoom until the time comes that we can gather in person again.  Send […]

29 December 2020 / Read more

Fiddleheads interest?

At the request of some young fiddling friends, Young Tradition Vermont is looking into re-starting Saturday morning Fiddleheads sessions with guest instructors, on Zoom until the time comes that we can gather in person again.  Send a message to mark.sustic@gmail.com if interested.

8 August 2020 / Read more

Fiddleheads with Yasi Zeichner

Yasi Zeichner’s 3-part summer residency with Fiddleheads finishes with a performance as part of the Church Street Marketplace 12 noon-1pm series on Friday 8/14/20.  If you’re interested in seeing the videos of tunes from the 8/8/20 final rehearsal, contact mark.sustic@gmail.com. Next Fiddleheads residency – TBA host, dates, online or TBA location – will be preparing […]

2 August 2020 / Read more

Fiddleheads Residency with Yasi Zeichner

Very helpful if you can let us know you’re planning on joining us on 8/8/20 9:30am to 10:30am on Zoom (previously scheduled at the Burlington Violin Shop).  If yes, please let us know at mark.sustic@gmail.com.  If we have fewer than 4 or 5 confirmations, we’ll consider not doing it. This is the final part of […]

11 July 2020 / Read more

Fiddleheads 7/11/20

Thanks all who joined on Zoom for Fiddleheads on Saturday July 11th.  Yasi taught ‘I Have a House with a Chimney on Top of It’ (Junior Crehan).  Final session of the 3-part residency is scheduled for Saturday August 8th, anticipating performing on Church Street Marketplace, in front of the Burlington Violin Shop, on Friday August […]

4 July 2020 / Read more

Fiddleheads with Yasi Zeichner

YTV Trad School resumes for Fiddleheads with the part 2 of a 3 part residency with Yasi Zeichner, focusing on preparing fiddle tunes to be played at various events this summer and fall (e.g. Church Street Marketplace, Children’s Memorial Service).  One residency session for everyone, starting at 9:30am, finishing by 10:30am. You don’t have to pay to participate, but we […]

6 June 2020 / Read more

Fiddleheads Summer Residency with Yasi Zeichner

YTV Trad School resumes with Fiddleheads for a 3 session residency with Yasi Zeichner, focusing on preparing fiddle tunes to be played at several events this fall (e.g. Shelburne Farms Harvest Festival, Children’s Memorial Service). Dates are set, one session for everyone, 9:30am to 10:30am. More info about the possibility of some physically distant but […]

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Instrument Loan Program

24 October 2021 / Read more

Program Managers for Instrument Loan Program and Instrument Petting Zoo

Current and alumni board members as YTV program managers

6 September 2021 / Read more

Instrument Loan Program and Instrument Petting Zoo

Every instrument has a story, and YTV tries to make sure those stories are told (receive it-carry it-pass it on).
When someone makes a donation to YTV’s instrument collection, we ask them to write up a description about where and who the instrument came from.

18 June 2021 / Read more

Program Descriptions: Instrument Loan Program

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

18 September 2018 / Read more

Baird 5 Music Session with the Instrument Petting Zoo 9/19/18

The monthly Baird 5 music session at the Vermont Children’s Hospital moved to a Wednesday this month.  Patients, their families and staff played petting zoo instruments (fiddles, guitars, mandolins, ukes, harps) and sang songs in the activity room and visits were made to rooms of young patients in isolation or otherwise unable to leave their […]

4 September 2017 / Read more

25th Annual New World Festival

The Instrument Petting Zoo, 2017 contest winners La Croisse d’Antan, and many more friends and collaborators…… the 25th annual New World Festival! http://www.wcax.com/content/news/New-World-Festival-celebrates-25-years-442642843.html

7 May 2016 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo at Kids Day

Thanks to Anna and Annie for zoo keeping at Kids Day Saturday May 7th in Burlington, to Emma for inviting us, to Bobby for getting us in and out of IAA, to all the young players ….. a beautiful day on the lakefront with at least 300 zoo participants.

11 December 2015 / Read more

Loan Program Thank You From Sam!

Appreciation from Sam for the instrument loan program ukulele…..  and now his sister also has a loaner fiddle!

26 June 2015 / Read more

Fiddle Loan Program

Annabelle enjoying her new fiddle from the YTV instrument loan program.  More info here .

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Instrument Petting Zoo

24 October 2021 / Read more

Program Managers for Instrument Loan Program and Instrument Petting Zoo

Current and alumni board members as YTV program managers

6 September 2021 / Read more

Instrument Loan Program and Instrument Petting Zoo

Every instrument has a story, and YTV tries to make sure those stories are told (receive it-carry it-pass it on).
When someone makes a donation to YTV’s instrument collection, we ask them to write up a description about where and who the instrument came from.

16 March 2020 / Read more

Young Tradition Vermont cancellations

Young Tradition Vermont cancellations, verified on 3/15/20 by the Board of Directors. Disappointment is certainly at play, for everyone. The COVID-19 situation is the major variable. We aren’t canceling these activities without careful consideration of the risks (personal and organizational). If you are involved with any of these specific cancellations, you can expect additional detail, […]

23 November 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo at the Vermont International Festival

You could make the difference for YTV in being able to carry out commitments to the Vermont International Festival on Wednesday December 4th and especially Friday December 6th.  Mark Sustic will be there for all of these activities, but to make it happen, we need to count on a few others helping out.  The Vermont […]

18 August 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo at Peacham Acoustic Music Festival 8/17/19

The Instrument Petting Zoo returned to the Peacham Acoustic Music Festival on Saturday August 17th with PJ Braine, Sarah King, Kevin and several others as zoo keepers.  New and returning friends, young and mature hands occupied the space and 3 hours trying out fiddles, banjos, guitars, ukes, accordions and more, sowing the seeds and supporting […]

19 July 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo at Charlotte Public Library 7/19/19

The Instrument Petting Zoo returned to the Charlotte Public Library on Friday July 19th with Suzanne Pellerin, her grandson and Mark Sustic as zoo keepers. On the hottest day of the year (so far – 96 at last check), about 55 young folks filled the space and time with parents, grandparents, librarians and caregivers trying […]

29 May 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo at Kids Day in Burlington

The Instrument Petting Zoo spent the day at Burlington Kids Day at Waterfront Park on May 11th. Over a 5-hour stretch (longer than we usually commit to!), hundreds of kids and families passed by the petting zoo tent and tried the instruments. We hope the opportunity sparked some future musical experiences! Here are a few […]

19 May 2019 / Read more

Music with A Message Children’s Festival at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall 5/18/19

Thanks to Romy and Ben Munkres and Kristin Bolton for representing Young Tradition Vermont at the Music with A Message Children’s Festival on 5/18/19, a celebration of the 100th birthday of Pete Seeger.  And thanks to Jennifer Moore and  the other organizers for inviting us.  We hope its just the first of other cross-lake collaborations and […]

16 May 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo at Kid’s Day in Burlington 5/11/19

The Instrument Petting Zoo was at Kid’s Day in Burlington on Saturday May 11th with Yasi Zeichner and Mark Sustic as zoo keepers.  Other than a self-imposed break for about 30 minutes, it was constant flow of children and families trying out fiddles, banjos, guitars, ukes, accordions and more for about 4 hours.  Always fun […]

9 May 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo at Kids Day 5/11/19

The Instrument Petting Zoo will be at Kid’s Day in Burlington on Saturday May 11th from 11am to 3pm, with Yasi Zeichner and Mark Sustic as zoo keepers More info about Kid’s Day here: https://enjoyburlington.com/event/kids-day/ Admission is free. A celebration of kids, for kids! The day kicks off at 9:30 am with a parade down […]

17 March 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo and Fiddleheads at the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival Ceili

Thanks to Ruth, Elizabeth and Elizabeth from the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival, Sarah King, Yasi Zeichner and all the Fiddleheads participants and the crew at City Hall, we were able to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an instrument petting zoo installation and a performance by Fiddleheads.  Dozens or families and children kept the instruments in […]

17 March 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo installation at the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival

Thanks to Bill Drislane for jumping in as zoo keeper, Ruth, Elizabeth and Elizabeth from the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival and everyone at the Fletcher Free Library, the Instrument Petting Zoo was available to several dozen children and their families.  All kinds of inventive ways to play instruments, including the ‘correct’ way…..  all in good […]

14 March 2019 / Read more

YTV and the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival

Young Tradition Vermont is involved with several events over the next few days as part of the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival.  The Instrument Petting Zoo will be part of activities at the Fletcher Free Library on Saturday 3/16 (late morning) and City Hall on Sunday 3/17 (early afternoon).  Fiddleheads perform with Sarah King and Yasi […]

24 February 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo at Smilie Memorial Elementary School 2/22/19

Thanks to the staff and students at the Smilie Memorial Elementary School in Bolton for hosting the instrument petting zoo on Friday, February 22.  Somewhere between 80 and 100 children had the chance to be inspired with and learn about how instruments are used in traditional music and dance.  And thanks to Yasi and Oli […]

2 February 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo at Kinderworks

YTV did an installation of its Instrument Petting Zoo at the Kinderworks child care center in Essex on 1/28/19.  Everyone got to try out a variety of stringed instruments, including ukes, guitars, mandolins, harps, Tibetan guitars, fiddles, banjos, dulcimers and more, and to play along on Leadbelly’s ‘Wasn’t That a Band!’ It was great! It […]

12 January 2019 / Read more

Instrument Petting Zoo Update

Here are some places the Instrument Petting Zoo is going in the next few months: • 1/17/19 – UVM Early Childhood session with Chris Dorman at Davis Student Center • 1/21/19 – Baird 5 at UVM Medical Center • 1/28/19 – KinderWorks Childcare in Essex • 2/13/19-2/15/19 Folk Alliance International in Montreal (sampler of instruments […]

1 January 2019 / Read more

YTV at Highlight in Burlington

Thanks all for making what Young Tradition Vermont offered at the New Year’s Eve Highlight event in Burlington fun, well attended, rewarding, exhausting in the good ways…… Zach Williamson and everyone working with and for BCA and Signal Kitchen….. Barbara and the rest of the staff at Fletcher Free Library….. Aden and Prince for loading, […]

30 November 2018 / Read more

Petting Zoo at International Festival

Thanks to Ben, April, Yasi, Oli, Suzanne, Kerry, Andy and Linda, the Instrument Petting Zoo will be at the 26th Annual Vermont International Festival on Friday November 30 between 9am and 3pm.  This is Vermont’s major gathering of music, dance, song and crafts from all over the world, and great opportunity on Friday for Young […]

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Tom Sustic Fund

12 November 2021 / Read more

Children’s Memorial Service 11/14/21

YTV has helped plan the annual Children’s Memorial Service at UVM’s Ira Allen Chapel since 2002.

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 […]

28 May 2021 / Read more

Farewell Reunion, last Friday in May

A concert, a potluck, a community gathering, and one of the 2 major fundraising projects for the Tom Sustic Fund.

4 February 2021 / Read more

Mardi Gras Party 2/16/21 7pm on Young Tradition Vermont Facebook page

Presented by Young Tradition Vermont with Hotel Vermont with support provided by the Vermont Family Network, UVM Medical Center and others. The event will be broadcast as a livestream on the Young Tradition Vermont Facebook page on 2/16/21 starting at 7pm. More info at mark.sustic@gmail.com Mardi Gras from Burlington, Vermont ON Fat Tuesday, featuring music […]

14 September 2020 / Read more

Tom Sustic Fund annual meeting 9/14/20

The Tom Sustic Fund was established to support a bone marrow transplant for Tom Sustic, mostly generated through a series of benefit events in 1999 and 2000 featuring musician friends including Greg Brown, Jesse Winchester, Beausoleil, Savoy Doucet Cajun Band, La Bottine Souriante, Mick Moloney & Jimmy Keane, John Roberts and Tony Barrand, the Horseflies, […]

25 May 2020 / Read more

18th Farewell Reunion

18th Annual Farewell Reunion, written by Ava White – YTV Summer Intern This year’s Farewell Reunion was dedicated to Brian C., who recently passed away at the age of 28 this January. He is remembered as a person full of joy and patience, who was often sitting in the 1st or 2nd row at this concert. […]

12 May 2020 / Read more

18th Farewell Reunion

18th Farewell Reunion featuring the Zeichner Trio & Romy & Ben Munkres May 22nd starting at 7pm, ending by about 8pm. The 18th Annual Farewell Reunion happens on line this year. We’ll miss the acoustic wonders of Grace Church in Sheldon, but not the chance to see and hear some great music on the Friday […]

25 May 2019 / Read more

Beg Steal or Borrow & Jason Anick Acoustic Trio at Grace Church in Sheldon 5/24/19

Thanks everyone who attended/contributed/brought deserts, Beg, Steal or Borrow (Jeremy, Roland, Fran, Luke & Geoff) & the Jason Anick Acoustic Trio (Jason, Max & Greg), Summer at Grace/Beth Crane, Andy Crane, Sarah King, Danielle Devlin and all the sponsors: Stone’s Throw Pizza, People’s Trust Company, Julie & Jeff Benay, Danielle Devlin, Beth Crane, Alan Homans, […]

6 March 2019 / Read more

Mardi Gras at Hotel Vermont 3/5/19

Thanks to everyone for making our annual Mardi Gras fundraiser for the Tom Sustic Fund successful, nourishing, important.  Appreciation to everyone at Hotel Vermont for the welcome and tons of extra effort, especially the crew on duty that night, and John Abair…. without John the whole thing would not have been possible…… all the sponsors […]

17 February 2019 / Read more

Mardi Gras at Hotel Vermont 3/5/19

Come celebrate Mardi Gras with live music from Yankee Chank, Big Night, & Ponyhustle! Mardi Gras, French for ‘Fat Tuesday,’ is celebrated around the world as the last night of dancing, feasting, and partying before Lenten fasting begins on Ash Wednesday. This Burlington-based Mardi Gras celebration takes place March 5 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm at […]

27 May 2018 / Read more

Ringing the Bell at the 16th Farewell Reunion

Thanks all who attended/supported the 16th Annual Farewell Reunion with Pete’s Posse on Friday May 25th at Grace Church in Sheldon, especially Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon, Tristan Henderson, Beth Crane, Andy Crane, Julie & Jeff Benay or so many others.  Proceeds from the concert supports the Tom Sustic Fund, assisting families with children with life-threatening/life-altering […]

21 May 2018 / Read more

16th Annual Farewell Reunion with Pete’s Posse

The 16th Annual Farewell Reunion features Pete’s Posse, just a couple of weeks after returning from Scotland and the Shetland Folk Festival. Proceeds from the concert helps the Tom Sustic Fund, which supports families with children with life-threatening/life-altering conditions. Presenting partners include Summer at Grace and others.  Bring something to share for the desert potluck at […]

12 May 2018 / Read more

Pete’s Posse at 16th Farewell Reunion on 5/25/18

The 16th Annual Farewell Reunion features Pete’s Posse, their first performance since returning from Scotland and being featured at the Shetland Folk Festival. Proceeds from the concert helps the Tom Sustic Fund, which supports families with children with life-threatening/life-altering conditions. Presenting partners include Summer at Grace and others. Bring something to share for the desert […]

15 February 2018 / Read more

Mardi Gras Benefit to the Tom Sustic Fund

Big thanks, all the way around, wide and deep, for all who supported the Mardi Gras Party at Hotel Vermont on 2/13/18 in Burlington. There were 2 general storylines to the night, in addition the great setting, occasion, music, food, drinks, and legacy and new friends. First was the personal story about Tom Sustic’s journey […]

5 February 2018 / Read more

Mardi Gras Party Benefits the Tom Sustic Fund

Mardi Gras Party to Benefit the Tom Sustic Fund featuring Yankee Chank, Ponyhustle and others on 2/13/18 from 7pm to 10pm at Hotel Vermont presented by Young Tradition Vermont and Hotel Vermont with support provided by the Vermont Family Network, the UVM Medical Center, the Alchemist and others tickets at http://www.sevendaystickets.com/events/51026044/mardi-gras-party, more info about the event […]

16 June 2017 / Read more

15th Farewell Reunion Video

Here’s the video from the 5/26/17 Farewell Reunion Concert in Sheldon featuring David Greely, Dana Whittle and Claude Methe….. thanks to Northwest Access TV and Elizabeth Malone.

1 March 2017 / Read more

Mardi Gras at Hotel Vermont

Thanks all who attended what I claimed to be the first honest-to-goodness Mardi Gras party with live Cajun and Zydeco music ON Mardi Gras night in Burlington.  Big shout-out to Hotel Vermont, Vermont’s owned-and-operated hotel in downtown Burlington.  As much fun as it was, it was also a successful effort to raise money for an important and […]

18 February 2017 / Read more

Mardi Gras Benefit on February 28th!

We’ve scheduled a Mardi Gras party on Tuesday February 28th at Hotel Vermont in Burlington. This is the first event we’ve ever done exclusively to raise funds for the Tom Sustic Fund, and we’re counting on it being as successful and well-attended as possible. Hotel Vermont is opening their doors and donating proceeds to the […]

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Touring Group

23 November 2021 / Read more

Touring Group update

YTV Touring Group update November 2021

13 November 2021 / Read more

Japan

An invitation from Japan for a YTV exchange was renewed this fall.

20 September 2021 / Read more

Touring Group 2021/2022

Young Tradition Touring Group enters its 2nd full season of the pandemic with a combination of online and hoped-for in-person activities.

15 September 2021 / Read more

Touring Group deadline 9/15/21

Touring Group deadline for applications and auditions

14 September 2021 / Read more

2021 Junior US National Scottish Fiddle Champion

2021 Junior US National Scottish Fiddle Champion

16 August 2021 / Read more

Touring Group deadline extended

Between being just a few people short and the current COVID-19 spike, YTV is extending the deadline for Touring Group submissions. That will give us more time to figure out if and how we can gather and what the plan is going forward.

15 July 2021 / Read more

Touring Group Announces Application and Auditions for 2021/2022

The Young Tradition Touring Group has opened applications and auditions on 7/15/21 for 2021/2022.  Deadline for completing applications and auditions is 8/15/21.  Invitations to be a group member will be sent later than 9/1/21.  Kristin Bolton has assumed Touring Manager responsibilities for the 1st time from Mark Sustic, and Pete Sutherland has returned as Artist […]

29 June 2021 / Read more

Farewell 2020/2021 Touring Group

The Touring Group finished for the season with 15 members gathering on Sunday 6/27/21 and Monday 6/28/21.

24 June 2021 / Read more

Touring Group members at Old Songs Virtual Festival and Flash Mob on Church Street Marketplace in Burlington 6/27/21

Old Songs Virtual Festival and flash mob on Church Street in Burlington.

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.

4 June 2021 / Read more

Touring Group at Old Songs 6/27/21

The Young Tradition Touring Group will present a concert at the 2021 Old Songs festival on Sunday 6/27/21, starting at 3:15pm and concluding at 4pm, live streamed from Elley Long Music Center in Colchester.  

27 May 2021 / Read more

Touring Group Archives

A Young Tradition Touring Group blast-from-the past…. 1st school visit during 1st Touring Group tour in England in April 2014. We estimate that the group has visited at least 50 schools in England and other countries since this first one.

6 May 2021 / Read more

Anna Butcher interview and performance 5/7/21

The next live interview and pre-recorded performance featuring current and alumni Touring Group members goes live on Facebook on Friday (5/7/21) by 7pm, featuring Anna Butcher. In addition to the Touring Group, Anna has been involved with a variety of YTV programs over the years, including Trad Camp, Young Tradition Festival and showcase performances. She‘s […]

4 May 2021 / Read more

2021 Touring Violin raffle violin winner

Congratulations to Cory Mattos in Randolph, Vermont for having the winning ticket for the 2021 Touring Violin raffle!  He says he’s never won anything like this before, and is thrilled to be this year’s winner! Group member Fiona Stowell is the fiddler in the group who lives closest to Randolph, and will play the violin […]

15 April 2021 / Read more

Touring Group World Tour 4/17/21-4/22/21

The Touring Group launches its virtual world tour with social visits, shared music, and master classes on Sunday, starting in Sweden at 9am, and finishing on Thursday early evening in Quebec (Quebec City, Joliette and Montreal simultaneously).  It’s been a long, complicated and complex journey to get here.  Traveling together in person would have been […]

13 April 2021 / Read more

Aidan Palmer interview and performance 4/16/21 7pm

A current Touring Group member and a participant in the early days of Trad Camp and the annual showcase concerts during YTV Festival, Aidan Palmer does the Touring Group live interview slot on Friday (4/16/21 7pm) on YTV’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/YoungTraditionVermont. Over 20 interviews have happened since October 2020, all associated with pre-recorded performance videos […]

9 April 2021 / Read more

Ada Schenck interview and performance 4/9/21 7pm

Ada Schenck does the Touring Group live interview slot tonight (4/9/21 7pm on YTV’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/YoungTraditionVermont). Over 20 interviews have happened since October 2020, all associated with pre-recorded performance videos that are posted within the hour prior to the live interview.  Aidan Palmer is on tap for 4/16/21. All interviews and performances remain on […]

7 April 2021 / Read more

Touring Group Sponsor Banner

Last call for sponsor banner contributions supporting the 2021 Young Tradition Touring Group. For $50 you can join with the others listed here and have your name, your family, your business, your organization included and shared on social media, the web site, in e-mails, at performances and during the virtual world tour April 18-22 for […]

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Trad Camp

16 November 2021 / Read more

Trad Camp and Festival 2022

input and ideas requested during Zoom chats

21 October 2021 / Read more

Program Managers for YTV Festival and YTV Trad Camp

YTV Festival and YTV Trad Camp manager positions

31 May 2021 / Read more

Summit School Trad Camp

The Summit School is presenting a long weekend trad music camp July 30-August 1.

13 February 2021 / Read more

Trad Camp News

Trad Camp, as we have known it, will not be happening in person this year.  More info to come about some alternative learning and gathering opportunities.  

31 July 2020 / Read more

Last Day of Trad Camp

Today (July 31) is the 5th and final day of Trad Camp 2020. Hope you can join us. Mark and Yasi will continue to co-host the online sessions at 10am and 1pm. We continue to learn about doing the sessions on line. Hopefully our obvious lack of experience with the technology doesn’t distract from the […]

26 July 2020 / Read more

Trad Camp 2020

Trad Camp begins Monday July 27th and continues through Friday July 31st. This is the first time Trad Camp is being done on line, and we’ve had some challenges setting up what we had envisioned….. hope you can stick with us. Trad Camp will be on FaceBook Live on the Young Tradition Vermont Facebook page […]

22 July 2020 / Read more

Trad Camp 2020 – online 7/27/20 through 7/31/20

In-person Trad Camp may be cancelled, but we still have fun planned for the week of July 27th! Next week, YTV will release several workshop videos from each of the camp core instructors: Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon, Annika Amstutz, Sam Bartlett, Ada Schenck, and Brian Perkins. Videos will teach some tunes, harmonies, techniques, fun tricks, […]

7 June 2020 / Read more

Trad Camp cancelled for 2020

After much consideration and weighing options, we have decided to cancel Trad Camp for 2020. A lot of mixed feelings about it but it seems the best/safest course of action considering the number of people, the travel, and the type of activities involved. We will be reimbursing everyone who has already paid. We are working […]

21 March 2020 / Read more

Trad Camp 2020: update from Yasi Zeichner

Just wanted to send a Trad Camp update in light of the current situation with COVID-19. As of now, we are holding tight and still planning on going ahead with YTV Trad Camp 2020, July 27-31. We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation and will be constantly re-evaluating our plans; and we will […]

25 July 2019 / Read more

Trad Camp 2019

Lots of information, including photos, for Trad Camp at the Trad Camp Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/TradCamp/

11 July 2019 / Read more

Trad Camp 2019

YTV Trad Camp starts on July 22nd!  Its going to be an exciting week. There are still a few open spaces, so if anyone is interested, send them to the registration at this link: https://youngtraditionvermont.org/2017/02/trad-camp/ In addition to the schedule of classes and workshops, from fiddle to ukelele, crankie songs and blues guitar, banjo and […]

8 July 2019 / Read more

Trad Camp starts 7/22/19

YTV Trad Camp starts 7/22/19, and we still have just a few spaces open! Please help us spread the word. Trad Camp is a great opportunity for youth age 8-16 to immerse themselves in traditional music and dance, with amazing instructors and guest performers, including Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon, Jane Oxnard, Sarah Hotchkiss, Anna Butcher, […]

17 June 2019 / Read more

Fiddlers on the Green Project

The Northeast Fiddlers Association, Champlain Valley Fiddlers and Young Tradition Vermont are sponsoring the Festival of Fiddlers on the Green: documenting a fiddler or fiddlers playing in every Vermont town in the year 2019. The help of every Vermont fiddler is essential to meet this challenge! We need at least one dated photo from each […]

28 May 2019 / Read more

Trad Camp 2019 – July 22-26

YTV Trad Camp begins in 7 weeks – and we only have 13 open spaces at camp! If you’ve been planning on signing up your young musician, now is the time to do so. We have a full week planned with core instructors Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon, Jane Oxnard, Sarah Hotchkiss, Anna Butcher, Brian Perkins, […]

16 May 2019 / Read more

Trad Camp Slots

16 slots left for Trad Camp (7/22-7/26 at Lake Champlain Waldorf High School in Shelburne)….. 44 signed up now to spend with week with core instructors….. Brian Perkins, Pete Sutherland, Jane Oxnard, Sarah Hotchkiss, Oliver Scanlon, Jeremiah McLane, Anna Butcher, and Paul Rocheleau…… guest instructors Village Harmony, Christine Bellec, Moira Smiley, Joanne Garton, Benedict Koehler […]

14 April 2019 / Read more

Trad Camp 7/22/19 through 7/26/19

Trad Camp registration has been open since February 1st, and the early registration discount is still available until May 1st ($275 before May, $300 after the deadline).  There are 33 campers signed up – 27 spaces left! Guest instructors for the week are confirmed. They include Village Harmony, Benedict Koehler & Hilari Farrington, Joanne Garton, […]

3 April 2019 / Read more

Trad Camp Discount Deadline is May 1st

One more month to catch the early bird registration discount for YTV Trad Camp 2019, July 22-26, 9am-3pm, at the Lake Champlain Waldorf High School in Shelburne! Tuition is $275 before May 1st, $300 after that date. We already have almost half the spaces filled at camp! Trad Camp is a concentrated opportunity to be […]

1 February 2019 / Read more

Registration is open for YTV Trad Camp 2019!

Join us from July 22-26 at the Lake Champlain Waldorf High School campus for a week of traditional music and dance, taught by core staff Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon, Jane Oxnard, Brian Perkins, Sarah Hotchkiss, Jeremiah McLane, and Anna Butcher, and guests including Village Harmony, Joanne Garton, and more! The age range for Trad Camp […]

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Young Tradition Festival

16 November 2021 / Read more

Trad Camp and Festival 2022

input and ideas requested during Zoom chats

21 October 2021 / Read more

Program Managers for YTV Festival and YTV Trad Camp

YTV Festival and YTV Trad Camp manager positions

14 September 2021 / Read more

2021 Junior US National Scottish Fiddle Champion

2021 Junior US National Scottish Fiddle Champion

8 May 2021 / Read more

2021 Young Tradition Festival participants

Here’s a list of folks who performed in some way during the 2021 Young Tradition Festival.  Dangerous because there’s a fair risk of leaving someone out, but had to try.  Thank you all! 129 participants for 3 events 58 5/1/21 contest 1. Carling Berkhout 2. Jaimie and Sean Oshima 3. Corie and Katie Pressley 4. […]

3 May 2021 / Read more

2021 Young Tradition Festival Contest Winners 5/1/21

1st Nora Brown Nora Brown is a 15 year old musician, based in Brooklyn NY. She has been playing the banjo since she was ten, and has studied with numerous masters of the banjo including Lee Sexton of Line Fork, KY, George Gibson of Knott County, KY, Alice Gerrard of Durham, NC, John Cohen of […]

2 May 2021 / Read more

Young Tradition Festival Tribute Concert 5/2/21

Young Tradition Festival concludes today (5/2/21) at 3pm with the annual Tribute Concert, this year featuring the Vermont Folklife Center’s Apprenticeship Program https://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/traditional-arts. Yasi Zeicher (YTV Festival Manager) and Mark Sustic (YTV Executive Director) will make some comments at the beginning and at the end, but most of the program will feature live intros and […]

29 April 2021 / Read more

Young Tradition Festival Tribute Concert 5/2/21

The annual Tribute Concert, 5/2/21 starting at 3pm live on the Young Tradition Vermont Facebook page and YouTube Channel, which closes the Young Tradition Festival every year, will focus on the mentors and apprentices involved with the Vermont Folklife Center’s Apprenticeship Program. The 2020-2021 ‘cohort’ of the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program includes 13 collaborations […]

27 April 2021 / Read more

2021 Young Tradition Contest

Young Tradition Festival contest from Yasi Zeicher, Young Tradition Festival Manager The selection process to choose the 10 contest finalists was as difficult as ever – it gets harder every year with all the fantastic talent that comes in. Seeing all the videos that come in makes the contest one of my favorite YTV events […]

26 April 2021 / Read more

Young Tradition Festival sponsors

Still not too late to add your name to the sponsor list for the 2021 Young Tradition Festival.   Info at mark.sustic@gmail.com. Join other sponsors and artists as we celebrate multi-generational mentoring relationships in trad music and dance.

25 April 2021 / Read more

Young Tradition Vermont Festival

The 2021 Young Tradition Vermont Festival is ON (line) for 2 days – Saturday May 1 and Sunday May 2. It’s one of our most public and ambitious events every year – typically a week-long celebration of the multi-generational mentoring relationships in the diverse trad music and dance communities in Vermont and beyond. Young people […]

16 April 2021 / Read more

2021 Young Tradition Contest

Want to be inspired? Take a look at the 2021 entries for the annual contest…. click on the link, then ‘contest submissions’, and under the poster you’ll see videos and bios for who has posted so far. Deadline was 4/15/21. Young Tradition Festival YTV board members and past contest winners will pick 10 finalists, and […]

13 March 2021 / Read more

2021 Young Tradition Festival

The 2021 YT Festival is ON (line) the first Saturday and Sunday in May.  Spread the word! We asked if anyone would be interested, sending surveys in late February/early March…… 50 responded ‘YES’ when asked if they would be interested in entering the contest as an online contestant (entry deadline is 4/15/21, 10 finalists will be […]

2 March 2021 / Read more

YT Festival Contest, Showcase and Tribute concert (5/1/21 and 5/2/21)

We weren’t sure YTV would do a contest this year, part of the annual Young Tradition Festival, which typically happens during the week prior to and the weekend of the 1st weekend in May. Based on feedback, including 39 folks who expressed interest in participating (some of those as solos, some duos, some larger ensembles), […]

13 February 2021 / Read more

Young Tradition Festival News

The 2021 Young Tradition Festival will not include in person weekday concerts as in past years, but the annual contest, the mentor/mentee concert and the tribute event are still being considered.  If you or someone you know would be interested in being part of the contest and/or the mentor/mentee concert, let us know.  Your expressed […]

26 June 2020 / Read more

2020 Contest Winners Concert Review by Ava White

Andrew Caden is a recent high school graduate from Bethesda, Maryland. Primarily an Irish fiddler, Andrew has won numerous All-Ireland medals for slow airs on the fiddle as well as being the 2017 All-Ireland fiddle champion (15-18). He plays in the old Sligo-style, characterized by more ornamentation and rapid playing in comparison to other traditional […]

21 June 2020 / Read more

2020 Contest Winners Concert

The 2020 Young Tradition Contest Winners Concert is scheduled for Tuesday evening at 7pm on Facebook Live at the YTV Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/YoungTraditionVermont/ The concert is presented by Young Tradition Vermont, our annual feature of winners at the contest in early May. You don’t have to pay to watch, but we’re assuming you don’t mind […]

6 June 2020 / Read more

Contest Winners Concert 6/23/20

The 2020 Young Tradition Contest Winners Concert is scheduled for Tuesday June 23rd at 7pm featuring Andrew Caden, Sebastiaan West/Abigail Sandy, and François-Félix Roy, performing from their homes to your’s. You don’t have to pay to watch, but we’re assuming you wouldn’t object to making a $10-20 donation for the musicians here or sending a […]

11 May 2020 / Read more

Young Tradition Contest and Violin Raffle Announcements 5/2/20

YTV announced the winners of the 2020 Young Tradition Contest and the winner of the Young Tradition Touring Group violin raffle on Saturday May 2 at 6pm on the Young Tradition Vermont Facebook page.  You can watch the entire event at this link: https://www.facebook.com/YoungTraditionVermont/videos/850143092064012/ 2019 contest co-winners Nora Rodes and Spintuition performed, Kathy Reilly from […]