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Cuba Camp

11 March 2018 - 24 March 2018
All day
TBA in Havana & Matanzas

Cuba Camp – March 11 – 24, 2018


Venue: Housing in family hostels (casas particulares) in Havana & Matanzas

Leaders: Alina Orraca & Schola Cantorum Coralina, Sandra Santos González, Maribel Nodarse & Ensemble Vocal Luna, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas & Grupo AfroCuba de Matanzas, Karla Mundy, Patty Cuyler

Price: $1650 adult/$1350 youth (high school/college students)

The application period for this camp will be open until September 20, 2017.  Acceptance emails will be sent out on October 1st, at which time a 25% tuition deposit will be required to secure your place in the program. It is very likely that we will have more applications for qualified candidates for this program than we will be able to accept. If you are not accepted into the program, your registration fee will be refunded.

This program—our second trip to Cuba—is intended for experienced singers and choir directors who can sight-read with fluency, are able to tackle complicated rhythms, and are serious about studying Cuban choral music and Afro-Cuban singing and dance.

Unlike most of our other camps, this is not a program for non-music readers!

View a short video collage of our first camp in Cuba in February 2017, created by singer-alumna Tikko Freilich.

We are aiming for a vocally-balanced ensemble to study intensively with some of Cuba’s most renowned choral conductors and traditional dance ensembles. To make the program a true sharing, we will be inviting a number of Cuban singers to join us for our rehearsals and performances so that they can experience Village Harmony and sample our own repertoire.

Proposed changes to the US-Cuba travel policy will likely include banning individual people-to-people travel to Cuba in the coming months. However, group people-to-people travel—organized by US organizations that sponsor projects like ours—is still expected to remain permitted under the new legislation.

We expect that our camp, with its itinerary overflowing with cultural contact and exchange, will be permitted under the new guidelines. Until the new policies and procedures are fully fleshed out (probably not before the early fall) and we can guarantee that the program will go forward, we ask participants to hold off on arranging their travel to Cuba.

We are fortunate to again have Alina Orraca—founder of the international touring ensemble Schola Cantorum Coralina—along with Sandra Santos Gonzaléz & Maribel Nodarse Valdés—conductors of the acclaimed women’s ensemble Vocal Luna—work with us in intense daily singing sessions during our first week in Cuba.

Evenings will alternate between learning a set world music repertoire to add variety to our performances and classes in salsa and Afro-Cuban dance. Each after-dinner session will end early enough to allow the group ample time to mingle with locals as we sample the vibrant night life of Old Havana’s Vedado neighborhood.

We will be staying—and rehearsing—in grand old homes belonging to local families that have been turned into private hostels or casas particulares. We will eat breakfasts and suppers with our casa hosts, giving us wonderful opportunities for a cross-cultural sharing of ideas and histories. Lunches will be largely our own, and we encourage participants to search out the neighborhood’s private family-run restaurants, known as paladares, which not only offer more vivid interactions with Cuban reality than state-run restaurants, but inexpensive, authentic homemade Cuban food.

On the morning of our eighth day we will leave Havana for Matanzas on the northern shore of the island about 90 kilometers east of the capitol, where we will be based for the remainder of our stay.

Matanzas is justly celebrated for its Afro-Cuban folk culture, and there we will immerse ourselves for intense days of singing, dancing and drumming classes, including workshops with Los Muñequitos de Matanzas and Grupo AfroCuba.

Our two-week trip will end with a concert and after-party shared with local musicians and dancers and our casa host families.

Tuition includes housing, transportation, breakfasts and dinners during the workshop period. Optional $100 single-room fee for our stay in Havana. Transportation to and from Cuba, and lunches while we are in Havana, will be the responsibility of each participant.


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