390 OHIO

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We're including several state songs in the book, including two PENNSYLVANIAs (by Ingalls and Shumway) and this song, Samuel Holyoke's OHIO (ShH 390), published in 1791--a time when Ohio was the western frontier.  In the introduction to…

Challenging songs, Part II: 160 ADMIRATION

As a follow up to my previous post on challenging songs, here's another example of a difficult song that we may or may not include in the book.  Lemuel Babcock's ADMIRATION (ShH 160), from The Columbian Harmony (1793), illustrates one…

Identity Crisis: The Real M.Kyes

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In the current pre-publication packet some of you may have noticed that the composer of the anthem ShH 453 CRUCIFIXION is no longer given as “M. Kyes”. The identity of this composer has been a tantalizing enigma for some time; who could…

Editing songs in the ShH

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Now that our preview packet is out, we've received several questions and comments about our editorial policy.  As the ``resident academic'' on the music committee, I thought I'd try to explain our process for everyone.  This is the result…

Sources of The Shenandoah Harmony

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I hope you've had a chance to check out our preview packet!  You will notice that each song---with the exception of songs by living composers---has a little code in the top corner of the page.  The letters tell you the source and the numbers…

Shenandoah singing in Cork, Ireland

The shapenote singers of Cork, Ireland have been meeting about twice a month to sing from the Shenandoah preview packet.  Although they don't currently have a regular date, Mike Morrisroe writes ``There's no set venue as we're keeping it in…

May 14 Shenandoah Harmony in Cork, Ireland

Monday May 14, 2012 7pm at Patrick's Hill! Contact purplebumblebee13@gmail.com for more info!

July 28-29: Central PA Sacred Harp All-Day and Sunday Shapenote Singing

Please join us for the Third Annual Central Pennsylvania All-Day Sacred Harp Singing and Sunday Shapenote Singing, July 28-29, 2012, in Centre Hall and Millheim, PA (near State College).  There will be singing from the Shenandoah Harmony preview…