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Inclusivity

The Shenandoah Harmony Publishing Company and the co-authors of The Shenandoah Harmony are committed to building a welcoming and affirming shape note singing community. Currently, there is a much needed discussion about racial and gender inclusion in singing and we feel compelled to address this. Read more Continue reading

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Isaac Watts talk by Thomas Ward

Our friend, Thomas Ward, gives a lively and intense presentation on Isaac Watts in the English Dissenting tradition in the early 18th century. Incorporating songs sung by the class at the NSV Double All Day 2018 social, Thomas discusses what … Continue reading

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In Memory of John Bayer, Jr.

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!) Continue reading

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Story telling event at NSV double all day

Kevin Griffin Moreno May 25 at 12:54pm Since some folks have been asking, here is info about the inaugural “Shape Note Stories” event that will take place at the social on June 4 in the evening. We are inviting folks … Continue reading

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The Pros and Cons of Imitating the South

We recently came across this article in a copy of Shape Notes, a newsletter edited by Bob Hall and Ella Wilcox for several years in the Washington, D. C. area. Our good friend, Kat Kinkade wrote this in 1995. It still seems relevant today! Continue reading

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Monthly First Saturday Singing in the Northern Shenandoah Valley

Northern Shenandoah Valley Shape Note Singers meet (generally, but not always) on the first Saturday of the month in Berryville VA area to sing from The Sacred Harp and The Shenandoah Harmony. Shape note singing is a non-denominational community, musical, and spiritual event … Continue reading

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First Annual All-Day Singing from the Shenandoah Harmony

The First Annual All-Day Singing from The Shenandoah Harmony  will be on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the Ruritan Hall in Cross Keys, VA, which is located directly across from Ananias Davisson’s gravesite. Davisson was the compiler of the Kentucky Harmony  … Continue reading

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Northern Shenandoah Valley Special Event with Tollie Lee

OCTOBER 6, Saturday, special guest presentation by Tollie Lee of the Hoboken singers begins at 3 pm Saturday, October 6, 3-8 p.m.– Millwood Community Center, 1610 Millwood Rd, Boyce VA. potluck at 6 pm. (some heating available in kitchen); SPECIAL … Continue reading

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June 1-2: NSV All-Day Sacred Harp Singing and Sunday Shenandoah Harmony Singing

Please join us on Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Bluemont VA to sing from The Sacred Harp and Sunday, June 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. near Harrisonburg VA to sing from The Shenandoah Harmony.  Loaners … Continue reading

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Easter Sunrise Singing

Old Chapel Episcopal Easter Sunrise Service, near Berryville, VA – April 8 at 6am. We will be singing 10 songs selected from the upcoming Shenandoah Harmony.

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