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18 January 2016 / Read more

Passing It On: A Winter Look Under the Young Tradition Vermont Hood

by Mark Sustic It occurred to me recently that part of every one of my days is filled with Young Tradition Vermont.  On Sunday I traveled to Randolph to pick up violins for the instrument petting zoo and the instrument loan program, then to Georgia to work on setting them up for distribution.  Today is a […]

29 November 2015 / Read more

YTV essay by Deb Hartshorn

Deb is Dana’s Mom and an early educator from Shelburne I write about YTV as an extremely grateful parent of a young person who has benefited immeasurably from her involvement, tutelage and the friendships formed in the Young Tradition Vermont organization. Dana is an 18 year old folk piano and accordion player, who is now intricately […]

3 November 2015 / Read more

A November Look Under the YTV Hood by Mark Sustic

In addition to managing finances, board meetings, the web site, and other infrastructure activities, here’s a look at some of what’s currently percolating with YTV programs…… The Instrument Petting Zoo has installations scheduled in December at the Vermont International Festival and First Night! Burlington. Someone has recently offered to donate another collection of instruments, which […]

23 July 2015 / Read more

YTV Essay by Ella Staats

Trad Camp provides countless opportunities for young musicians of all ages and abilities. I attend Trad Camp knowing that it’s a place where everyone is accepted, and where I will always be exposed to new tunes, dances, and songs. I love that Trad Camp is inclusive of everyone; if you are a ten-year-old who has […]

2 July 2015 / Read more

YTV Essay by Geoff Gevalt

Geoff was a journalist for 33 years at newspapers, magazines and news services in New England, Ohio, Boston, New York City and Baltimore, and most recently was managing editor of the Burlington Free Press.  He won numerous awards as a writer and editor and served as juror for the Pulitzer Prize.  He conceived and began the Young […]

25 May 2015 / Read more

YTV Essay from Pete Sutherland

When I left behind my growing-up world of piano and trombone lessons, the coordination issues and challenges of marching band and learning guitar from Beatles songbooks and discovered the parallel universe of traditional music, I felt like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. I had few if any actual teachers from then on, stumbling cluelessly […]

10 May 2015 / Read more

Essay from Deb Flanders

My childhood memories are patchy, but I do remember trying to harmonize with my sister sitting in a sandbox when I was around six. I was fortunate to have grown up in a musical household. My grandfather and great-uncle loved to sing and passed their passion on to my dad. My mother loved to sing […]

26 February 2015 / Read more

Nurturing Musical Talent in Children

The following was written by Donna Richardson about her experiences as a parent with 3 children who are involved in traditional music, 2 of whom will be appearing as members of the Sligo-Bound Six on 3/21/15 at St. Michael’s College.    When I told my kids to “pick an instrument,” I never thought our lives […]

19 January 2015 / Read more

The Importance of Providing a Stage by Sophia Donforth

YTV asks individuals familiar with its activities to write an essay about their experiences with the organization, its events and presentations, and related topics. This one is from Sophia Donforth….. YTV consultant, 2015 Trad Camp manager, dancer, singer, teacher, organizer of Mad Robin Callers Collective, and member of Social Band and Solitary Souls. This was […]

29 August 2014 / Read more

YTV Essay from Alison James

YTV has asked several individuals familiar with its activities to write an essay about their experiences.  This one is from Alison James, YTV Board of Directors member, mother of McKinley and Anika, wife of Joplin.  Many wonderful things to say about Alison and her family….. see her profile on the ‘about our board’ section of […]

16 September 2014 / Read more

The Importance of Providing a Stage by Sophia Donforth

YTV asks individuals familiar with its activities to write an essay about their experiences with the organization, its events and presentations, and related topics.  This one is from Sophia Donforth….. YTV consultant, 2015 Trad Camp manager, dancer, singer, teacher, organizer of Mad Robin Callers Collective, and member of Social Band and Solitary Souls.  This was […]

25 August 2014 / Read more

YTV Essay by Erich Zeichner

YTV has asked several individuals familiar with its activities to write an essay about their experiences.  This one is from Erich Zeichner, father of Oliver, Yasi and Loula, often referred to as ‘the Zeichners’.  We’ll cross paths again next when the Zeichners will be hosting the Instrument Petting Zoo when they are not performing at […]