The American Hungarian Folklore Centrum invites you to attend the
First Hungarian Folk Music And Folkdance Camp 6/24-6/30, '95
SNPJ Recreation Center - In Scenic Enon Valley, Pennsylvania
(1 hour North from Pittsburgh)
"Join us at this fun-filled one week long festival of Hungarian folk
music, folkdance and folklore presenting outstanding staff from Hungary
Musical Director: Dr. Bela Halmos
Instructors: Kalman Balogh & members of the Meta Ensemble
Dance Instructors: Zoltan Zsurafszki & Zsuzsa Vincze
For years now, there has been widespread interest in America about
authentic, village-style Hungarian folk music. And the symposium, the
biannual Hungarian folkdance camp has been offering musical teaching in
an ad hoc, informal way.
This time, we are getting serious.
Hungarian folk music will be the major theme of this camp. And we've
spared no trouble or expense to assemble the finest teaching staff North
America has ever seen. Dr. Bela Halmos (father of the Tanchaz movement,
founding member of the Sebo Ensemble and director of the famous
Jaszbereny music camp in Hungary) will be our musical director.
He will be assisted by members of the famous Meta Ensemble as well as
Kalman Balogh, the virtuoso of the cimbalom.
For advanced and intermediate folk musicians, the camp will provide an
unexcelled opportunity to receive one-on-one or small group instruction
on various traditional fol instruments. (In addition to violin, kontra
and double-bass, instruction can be had on hurdy-gurdy, utogardon, koboz,
clarinet, bagpipes and cimbalom.)
For beginners, introductory classes will be held in string playing as
well as citera, furulya, tambura, jew's harp and, of course, in singing.
We will make every attempt to make all this accessible to American folk
musicians. Craig Packard, musical director of the Tisza Ensemble, will
apply his considerable expertise in this respect.
Musicians will be encouraged to "sit in" on the nightly Tanchaz sessions
and play dance music with the Meta Ensemble.
Speaking of dance, though it will the secondary theme of the camp,
instruction will be of the highest caliber, Zoltan Zsurafszki and Zsuzsa
Vincze being our guest instructors. Camp attendees will be able to
choose dance as their "major", though they'll be encouraged to take a
"minor" in instrumental or vocal music.
Dr. Bela Halmos: Researcher, performer, teacher, he is Hungary's
foremost expert in Tanchaz-style music. He will
give intermediate and advanced classes in violin
and in ensemble playing.
Beata Salamon: Lead singer and violonist of Meta. Will lead
vocal instruction and offer classes in folk
Istvan Beran: Meta's kontra player and wind istrument specialist.
Will give basic and advanced furulya instruction
as well as bagpipes, clarinet/tarogato.
Zsolt Nagy: Meta's 2nd violinist and kontra player. Will
lead "kontra" violin classes as well as basic
Albert Mohacsy: Meta's bass player. Will lead bass instruction
and give classes in hurdy-gurdy, gardon and koboz.
Kalman Balogh: One of the world's foremost exponents of the
cimbalom. Will offer instruction on this
LEVELS OF INSTRUCTION:
You have no (or very limited) musical background.
- citera (zither)
- furulya (sheperd's pipe)
- doromb (jew's harp)
We will make every effor to arrange for loaner instruments at camp
to those who want to begin but lack the instrument of their choice.
You have had a couple of years training on some instument. You
can read music.
- violin (must have previous violin experience)
- "kontra" (contra violin)
- "bogo" (double bass)
- ensemble playing
- shepherd's pipe (furulya)
- clarinet (klarinet)
(Plus hurdy-gurdy, bagpipe, tarogato, gardon, koboz and cimbalom
classes according to demand.)
Assumes several years of instruction on the instrument of your
choice. (Classes offered on all instruments.)
Zoltan Zsurafszki & Zsuzsa Vincze:
He is the artistic director ofthe Budapest Ensemble, a renowned
performer, researcher and instructor. She is a former member of the
State folk Ensemble and the Kodaly Enseble. They will lead dance
instruction. Together, they have taught some of the most exciting
"Sympo" camps of years gone by. There are no finer teachers of Hungarian
This year dance dialects are:
1. Gyorgyfalvi - an exciting transitional dialect between Kalotaszeg and
2. Gyomori - a Hungarian "paloc" dialect from central Slovakia.
Note: Dance workshops will be held each morning and afternoon, and every
day ends with a TANCHAZ (folkdance party). Although teaching is aimed at
the intermediate/advanced level, instruction always starts the the
basics, allowing to learn the rudiments of the material.
Kalman & Judit Magyar:
Founders of "Sympo", North America's premiere Hungarian folkdance camp;
founders and directors of the American Hungarian Folklore Centrum,
foundrs of the Pontozo festival movement, Judit and Kalman are the
powerhouse behind Hungarian folkdance and music in America.
Artistic director of Montreal's Bokreta Ensemble, members of Folklore
Canada International, the "other" Kalman has been involved in organizing
Pontozo festivals in Canada and has been part of the "Sympo" staff for
close to 20 years.
Dr. Craig Packard:
Dr. Packard has been involved with the folk music and dance of Easter
Europe for over 25 years: He was Music Director of Zivili, founder and
choregorapher of Romanian folk ensemble Haiducii and is Music Director of
the Hungarian Tisza Enseble Band of Washington, D.C.. He has done
research in Eastern Europe and is presently Music Director for Luk na
glavata (Macedonian) and Balkanto.
COST OF PARTICIPATION:
The fees below (all prices in $U.S.) are for 7 nights lodging in cabins
or on campsite using own tent. All indoor lodging is minimum 2 persons
per room except if single supplement of $100 is applied. Bedding
(sheets, pillows, blankets and towels) ARE NOT included and must be
provided by participants. Special daily rates may be available, but MUST
Be ARRANGED PRIOR TO VISIT. Camp is limited to 120 participants, please
register early. For more information telephone or telefax to (201)-836-4869.
Type Lodging Camping Commnent
1.Indvidual early $295 $275 Full fee paid by
registration May 1, 1995
2. Individual $325 $275 Minimum 2 per room*
3. Group, min.6 (USA) $285 $265 Performing groups
4. Nonparticipant $250 $230 Accompanying someone
5. Children under $175 $175 Staying with parent
6 with parent
* Single supplement: $100 added to lodging
DEPOSITS BY MAY 1, BALANCE DUE BY JUNE 1, OR PLACE CANNOT BE GUARANTEED
($50.00 deposit to: AHFC, P.O. Box 262 Bogota NJ, 07603)
Tel/Fax: (201) 836-4869
** Indicate whether your primary interest is Music or Dance!
ABOUT THE CAMP FACILITIES:
The SNPJ Recreation Center is owned and operated by the Slovene National
Benefit Society which offers the best in fraternal insurance to all
interested individuals. The Recreation Center is a beatiful 500 acre
park with Olympic size swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts,
nature trails, nearby state parks, spacious dancing halls, 20 acre
fishing lake and many other recreational facilities. The dancing hall
and the Barn (where we will hold our Tanchaz) have wooden floors and are
well ventilated. Lodgingg is available in cottages, in a motel or in a
camping ground all in the very near vicinity. Food will be served in a
central dining hall. The Center is one hour from North from Pittsburgh
and 45 minutes from the airport.
Subtracted from mailings of:
American Hungarian Folklore Centrum
Division of Hungarian Educators Association
P.O. Box 262
Bogota, NJ 07603
Att: Kalman & Judit Magyar
Hope to see you there!
Arpad Fabian Kovacs of Szekelyfold
Tisza Ensemble, Inc.
WWW : http://www.glue.umd.edu/~kovacs
personal email :
Thanks again to Emese Basa for pointing out the Times' 8 page
supplemental material about Hungary. I managed to get the paper, for those
of you who could not get it, let me summarize it, by quoting article and
FIVE YEARS ON THE DEMOCRATIC ROAD
Pict: Elegant Budapest has witnessed many dramatic changes over the past
few years, but continues to enchant
'DREAM TICKET TEAM' TO BEEF UP ECONOMY
(about Bokros and Suranyi)
PRIME MINISTER'S VISIT WILL STRENGTHEN COOPERATION
THE FOREIGN DEBT: CAN HUNGARY AFFORD IT?
(some argue that debt forgiveness could be the way out of Hunagry.
Suranyi is adamantly opposed to any such idea)
WHERE IS PRIVATIZATION NOW?
BOKROS CONFIDENT ON BUDGET DEFICIT; PRIVATIZATION REVENUE TARGET "WEAK
MODEST BULL MODE AT THE NATIONAL BANK
RETAIL WAR HOST UP AS STATE-OWNED BANKS PREPARE FOR PRIVATIZATION
ENERGY SECTOR PRIVATIZATION ON HORIZON AT LAST
GYULA HORN - THE MAN BEHIND THE POLITICIAN
Pict: Cutting the Iron Curtain... Horn as foreign minister and his
Pict: Gyula Horn recovering from his car accident last year
PRIVATIZATION PROMISES WELL FOR THE BUDAPEST STOCK EXCHANGE
RINGING UP THE CHANGES
DRIVING TO SUCCESS
(Workers in the Opel car factory are probably setting on an industrial
Pict: The Opel factory is a prime example of foreign investment
REFORM WILL COME, BUT IT WILL TAKE TIME
Pict: Businessman Peter Zwack belives in new wine and new bottles
TRIP WILL BOOST ECONOMIC TIES
HUNGARY FOR TOURISTS
Pict: Budapest has charms all of its own
Pict : Hotel Forum manager Peter Wolff
THE FINEST OF CAPITALS
HUNGARY'S GRAPE EXPECTATIONS
Facts about Hungary
Area : 93,032 km^2
Population : 10,278.000
98.5 speaks Hungarian as their mother tounge
Gipsy 400,000 - 600,000
Jewish 80,000 - 100,000
Roman Catholic 70%
GDP per capita $4,000
GDP per capita
incl. "black" economy
estimated at $8,000
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