In Memory of John Bayer, Jr.

Jan 11, 2017 by

In Memory of John Bayer, Jr. by Kelly Macklin John Bayer, Jr. passed away on December 8, 2016 just over a year after the death of his wife, Loraine. They are survived by their children, Regina, Hans, and Jubal, and four grandchildren. I first met John Bayer in September 1990 at the United Convention in Chicago (held for the first time out of the South!) My husband, John, and I were new singers and this was one of our first conventions. John Bayer was also a fairly new shape note singer, but I never realized that until much later, as he was a strong, vibrant and enthusiastic singer who seemed as though he had sung this music all his life. He was a bear of a man, with a beautiful, clear tenor who could...

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Did Lucius Chapin write the Amazing Grace tune?...

May 12, 2015 by

The melody sung to John Newton’s 1779 hymn “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound” is, without a doubt, America’s best-loved hymn tune. Rachel discovered an 1828 manuscript by Lucius Chapin (1760-1842), who was famous in his day as a hymn tune writer, that raises the possibility that Lucius was its composer.

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Download the demo Shenandoah packet...

Apr 29, 2012 by

Here is our 84-page preview of the Shenandoah Harmony.  We sang from it at the NSV All-Day Singing in Millwood, Virginia, June 3, 2012. You are welcome to make multiple paper copies of this packet.  However, please do not post it on a web site. Questions?  Please read my post explaining our editorial policy. If you’re planning to view this on a tablet or phone, you’ll probably prefer the ebook version. Shenandoah Preview Packet 4.66 MB...

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Holyoke Range All-Day Singing recordings...

May 12, 2014 by

We had a wonderful time singing in Massachusetts on Saturday, May 3.  Thanks to everyone involved, and, in particular, Cheri Hardy for chairing the singing and the Western Massachusetts community for your warm hospitality! Minutes for the singing are on our Minutes page. The code before each track name (like “ShH 157”) gives the page number in the book. To download a song, start it playing and right-click on “DOWNLOAD MP3.” Alternately, you can download each session in its entirety. Some of these tracks are rough, but we’re including them for study purposes. The first and last sessions are the strongest. First morning session Holyoke Range 2014 AM1 86.84 MB Download all files Second morning session Holyoke Range 2014 AM2 100.91 MB Download all tracks First afternoon session Holyoke Range 2014 PM1 117.00 MB...

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In Bethlehem City Christmas CD

Dec 13, 2013 by

We had a wonderful weekend at the Lehigh Valley All-Day Shenandoah Singing!  Not surprisingly, a lot of the Christmas songs in our book—in fact, almost all of them—were sung at some point during the weekend.  I’ve put together a Christmas playlist and downloadable CD, “In Bethlehem City.”  Enjoy!  You are welcome to burn CDs for yourself and others. These tracks are a combination of the large group singing on Saturday and the brunch singing at Dan’s farm on Sunday.  Due to travel plans and the snow and ice storm that struck Sunday afternoon, our numbers dwindled down to five singers by the end of the day.  I’ve added a few Christmas songs from previous singings, plus a solo recording of Tollie Lee from his NSV workshop earlier in the year.  There’s also a special...

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Shenandoah sampler discs

Sep 6, 2013 by

We’ve had numerous requests to make some sampler CDs for folks who want to get started with the book.  All these tracks are also available for free download on our web site.  They’re rough “field recordings” of various singings and only intended for teaching purposes.  Here’s how it works: Where possible, we’ll try to have some CDs available at singings. Donations to cover our costs are appreciated. If you’d like to make your own, you can download the whole disc as one zip file, import the songs into a program such as iTunes or Windows Media Player, order the tracks by track number, and burn an audio disc.  There are printable track lists to go with the discs. If you’d like to make CDs for other singers too, you are welcome to do so, and...

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