Bi-Monthly, Thursday: Baltimore Singing...

Apr 19, 2012 by

The bi-monthly singing in Baltimore regularly sings from the Shenandoah Harmony. We meet every second and fourth Thursday from 7:00 to 9:30 at the Cathedral of the Incarnation at 4 E. University Pkwy. During summer months, we meet at singers’ homes.  Come join us. If you want more information we are on facebook at Baltimore Sacred...

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Monthly, second Tuesday: Christ Church Philadelphia Singing...

Apr 20, 2012 by

We meet second Tuesdays of each month, 7-9:30, to sing from The Sacred Harp  and The Shenandoah Harmony  at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N American Street, in the center of historic Philadelphia.   Details:...

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Challenging Songs: WASHINGTON’S DIRGE and 302 PARADISE...

Apr 17, 2012 by

One of our constant struggles is finding an appropriate level of difficulty for the book.  Here are two challenging songs, one (WASHINGTON’S DIRGE) which we decided not to include and one (302 PARADISE) which is still in contention (update: Paradise is in!).  We first heard Washington’s Dirge on Northampton Harmony’s spectacular 1996 album The Hooke’s Regular Sing.  It’s by Uri K. Hill, from volume one of the American Musical Magazine (1800).  I went to the Pocumtuck Valley Library in Deerfield MA to take pictures of the original and of 194 DESPAIR, which is on the same recording.  We love hearing Northampton Harmony sing Washington’s Dirge but decided it would be too risky for class singing.  We even joked about having a special section at the end of the book sealed with “caution” tape, but finally...

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ShH singing and workshop in Cincinnati...

Apr 10, 2012 by

On Friday, April 13, 7:30-9:30, Rachel will lead a Shenandoah Harmony singing and workshop in Cincinnati, Ohio. She will lead a brief discussion of the book and answer all your burning questions, then we’ll be singing from a set of Shenandoah packets that she made for her mother. We’d love to see you there! Address: 3960 Winding Way Cincinnati, OH 45229; Directions HERE; RSVP on Facebook if you...

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Baltimore

Apr 6, 2012 by

BALTIMORE (1796) is a local favorite!  We first encountered it in the appendix of Tom Malone’s four-shape edition of Ingalls’ Christian Harmony.  It was originally published in the second edition of The Village Harmony, or Youth’s Assistant to Sacred Music, which is our source for typesetting the song.  BALTIMORE is #7196 in the Hymn Tune Index and was probably written by Jeremiah Ingalls. Here’s a recording from the Keystone Sacred Harp Convention....

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Bowen

Apr 6, 2012 by

BOWEN is one of our favorite new shape note songs, by John Bayer of Dayton, Ohio. The words are in the Sweet Songster...

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