Turtle Dove Harmony
Turtle Dove Harmony


Turtle Dove Winter Weekend in W. Chesterfield, New Hampshire

Singing in Paradise: A Week of Harmony in Costa Rica

Our harmony singing camps are a testament to the extraordinary things ordinary people can achieve when they come together. They are also a lot of fun, and there is nothing quite like singing in harmony with others. People come to our programs with a broad range of musical experience, from novice singers to experienced choir leaders. Wherever you fit in that spectrum, you are encouraged to join us.

During our week-long summer programs, everyone stays together at the retreat center: we eat communally and share a lot of time together. Often we are asked to help with clean up after meals, and see this as another opportunity to work together. Each day, we spend 6 hours singing as a full group, with the leaders taking turns to present material. Each leader brings their individual focus and expertise, making the musical blend of each camp unique. In addition the singing, there is time during the week to walk and play and explore. Evenings are free, but we usually put on a cabaret one night during the week.

Weekend retreats begin on Friday with dinner and run through Sunday lunch. We sing for two hours on Friday evening, about 8 on Saturday, and another two hours on Sunday before heading home.

A word about food:

We believe that good food is an essential part of a good life, and strive to work with venues and caterers that provide healthy, satisfying meals. We are also aware that many people have dietary restrictions. We work to accommodate these needs, but—as balancing the many restrictions of a large group can be a challenge for the kitchen crew—we cannot promise that every need will be met. If you have severe or extensive dietary restrictions, you may wish to bring supplemental food. More importantly, we'd like to think of the meals—indeed, of the whole camp—as a collaboration between us rather than as a service provided to you. If we work together, everyone can get what they need at the table.

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Turtle Dove Winter Weekend with Gideon Crevoshay and Brendan Taaffe
November 17–19, 2017
at Hallelujah Farm, W. Chesterfield, New Hampshire

The long light of the November woods is one of my favorite things of the year, and the only thing I can think to make it even better is coming together in harmony. Join us for a weekend of singing and food and rejuvenation at Hallelujah Farm, a lovingly restored farmhouse retreat not far from Brattleboro.

I am excited to be working with Gideon Crevoshay for this weekend. One of the most astounding tenor voices I've ever heard, I had a pleasure of touring through Europe with Gideon on the '05 Northern Harmony tour. Since then, he's done any number of astounding things: studying with Sardinian singers, performing regularly with many projects including Tenores de Aterúe, Boston Revels, Resonanda, Starry Mountain Singers, Trident Ensemble, and Briars of North America and working with the very cool international music festival, OneBeat, since its inception in 2012. Among other things, Gideon will share his command of Sardinian and Corsican repertoire.

The cost of this weekend is $295. This includes all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch and is based on two people to a room. Commuters are welcome at $220.

To register, fill out a registration form.


Singing in Paradise: A Week of Harmony in Costa Rica with Rev. Dr. Donna Cox, Alina Orraca Llama, and Brendan Taaffe
January 27–Feb 3, 2018
at The Goddess Garden, Cahuita, Costa Rica

Join us for an uplifting week of gospel, Cuban songs, and original works as we return to the beauty of Costa Rica. Nestled in the rain forest with toucans and howler monkeys overhead, but just 20 yards away from the warm ocean of the Caribbean, the Goddess Garden is an eco-retreat center just outside the sleepy town of Cahuita. You will love the fresh juices every morning.

As we continue to celebrate the 10th year of Turtle Dove programming, I am excited to bring two compelling new leaders to the fold. When the Bright Wings Chorus worked with Rev. Dr. Donna Cox in 2015, it deepened my understanding of gospel music more than any previous experience. Her deep knowledge of the music and ability to draw out a better performance was inspiring. Alina Orraca Llama is one of Cuba's top choir leaders. When I worked with her earlier this year, I was deeply impressed by the clarity and fun of her teaching and her ability to make the Cuban choral repertoire, which is challenging and intricate and beautiful, accessible. Together, they will make for a week of beautiful and compelling songs.

The tuition for this week is $1285. This includes transportation to and from the San José airport, as well as room and board at the Goddess Garden. A bus will leave from the airport at 1:00 pm on the 27th, so it is recommended that you travel the day before.

To register, fill out a registration form.


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