Register for our Virtual Hungarian Folk Singing Summer Camp!


June 29 - July 3, 2020 

Monday-Friday 5:30-9pm (GMT+2) every day, with a 30 minute break

(San Francisco 8:30am-12noon / New York 11:30am-3pm / Budapest 5:30-9pm)

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Join us for a week of immersion into the world of traditional Hungarian village folk singing!  This camp will be held in English and is open to participants of all cultural, language, and musical backgrounds, welcoming experienced singers as well as those with no previous experience in the style. The week will include a wide variety of songs, taught directly from village source recordings, with focus on specific regions and individual village singers. Participants receive a pronunciation guide, song lyrics, English translations, recordings, and background information on the songs.  The camp schedule also includes different lecture topics each day, such as vocal technique for folk singing, Hungarian folk instruments, song collection methodology and using the archives, folk singing within the traditional village lifestyle, and the history of Hungarian folk music. Join us for a fun, enriching experience with a great group of people and beautiful songs you can enjoy for years to come.


The camp is held by Zina Bozzay, active performer, collector, arranger, and teacher of Hungarian folk songs in both the US and Hungary. She has taught these songs to Hungarian speakers and non-speakers for over a decade, and is known for her accessible teaching style, academic rigor, and contagious enthusiasm.  The success of her online class in spring 2020 with participants from around the world led to the creation of this online camp.


Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please register as soon as possible. 

Final registration deadline: June 22.

→  The deadline has passed, but if you still want to join, please register ASAP!  We will reply if we still have space.

Price (whole weeklong intensive, includes five 3-hour classes and all materials):

Residents of Hungary: Sliding scale 18.000 - 30.000 HUF for the week

International Participants: Sliding scale $125 - 200 USD for the week

We are grateful for the support of the Csoóri Sándor Alap.

For more information about camp cost (including discounts), preparing for camp, and other questions, please see More Information and FAQ's below the registration form.


Useful links:

More information about the Hungarian Folk Singing Circle on our main page.


Hungarian Folk Singing Circle on Facebook ("like" our page to hear about future events).


RSVP to Camp on Facebook, and share with your friends!


Registration is complete when payment has been received.

Residents of Hungary: Sliding scale 18.000 - 30.000 HUF for the week

International Participants: Sliding scale $125 - 200 USD for the week

See below for more information about the price of the camp.

Payment method options, marked with the possible currencies:


More Information and FAQs:

Preparing for Camp:

Using a computer or other large screen device is preferable to using a phone screen for the Zoom call, to be able to see full-size video. Please arrange your device so that you can sit or stand ergonomically in front of it, and so that you are looking straight at the screen (not looking down or to the side). This is for good singing posture and ability to do the standing and movement exercises that are part of the classes.  We are conscientiously including movement in the camp program, for those who are physically able, in order to avoid the online format resulting in too much sitting.  Of course we also encourage camp participants to include plenty of movement in the rest of their day!

Have paper, pencils, and a glass of water ready when class begins, as well as snacks if needed.  If you have previously taken classes with Zina, have previously learned songs and other materials also on hand.

If possible, print the pdf of the song lyrics, and if you are not able to print, you may find it helpful to write the words out on a piece of paper so that you can add details about the melody, translation, etc to that paper during the class.  You do not need to be able to play back the audio recordings during class time, as Zina will play them from her device - those are for individual practice outside of class.


Using Zoom:

Please sign on to the online class punctually a few minutes before start time, so we can begin class together.  You do not need to download anything to use Zoom (no app needed), but if you have never used Zoom before please go to the link ahead of the class start time to get yourself oriented and test your set-up.  You just need a working microphone, speaker or headphones, and camera (the camera is optional, but much better for all participants and the functioning of the class) - by default it will use those built in to your device.

But I'm self-conscious about my singing! / How will we sing together?

Besides warm-ups, much of the class will be in a listen-repeat format, or singing together with participants muted.  In this format, beginners and others who may feel self-conscious can sing with wild abandon, because they cannot be heard -- AND everyone experiences the singing as a duo with the instructor.  There will also be opportunities for participants to sing for the rest of the group, particularly at the end of camp to show what they have learned.



We have secured financial support for local Hungarian participants, which means that we can offer globally just pricing, ensuring accessibility to participants living in very different economies, as well as fair compensation for the labor and expenses involved in holding this international camp. 

"Sliding scale" means that you can choose what you are able to pay within the given price range.  We understand that people have very different financial circumstances, and the current pandemic has additionally impacted incomes and expenses for many.  Instead of offering various discounts (low income, students, seniors, etc), this allows you to make that choice based on your circumstances and how you value the class.  There is absolutely no problem with paying the lowest end of the price range (there is no judgement, and you are not offending anyone), and if you have the means to pay more and would like to support this work, we thank you for your support.  We hope that this pricing model facilitates equality in difficult times.


If you would like to attend but the cost is prohibitive for you, please contact us.  We have arranged work-exchange, barter or exchange of services (see our donations page to get ideas of the kinds of things that could be exchanged), bring-a-friend discounts, and many other solutions.  We don't want money to stop anyone from joining.

No refunds are possible.

If you have an individual question regarding pricing and payments, please feel free to contact us.


We ask that you not record or videotape the classes, bearing in mind that all class materials (audio files and song words) are emailed to all participants.  We expect all participants to honor and respect the host and fellow participants by adhering to this policy.  We reserve the right to record or photograph the classes for documentation and possible promotional purposes.

Questions / Contact:

Contact Zina here or at

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you there!