INCLUSIVITY

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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

Isaac Watts talk by Thomas Ward

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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…

In Memory of John Bayer, Jr.

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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!)

The Pros and Cons of Imitating the South

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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!

The Electronic Edition

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The entire Shenandoah Harmony is available as a hyperlinked PDF for $12 or the equivalent in your currency. The eBook has a fuller bibliography and 35 additional pages of indices: Index of Composers and Arrangers (with songs titles) Source…

Did Lucius Chapin write the Amazing Grace tune?

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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. An 1828 manuscript by Lucius Chapin (1760-1842), who was famous in his day as a hymn tune writer, raises the possibility that Lucius was its composer.

Download the demo Shenandoah packet

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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…

Index To Recordings

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Links to recordings of all-day singings

The (in)Complete Recordings

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Here are over 450 recordings to help you learn songs from The Shenandoah Harmony. To download a song, click to start it playing and then click "Download."

Download the (in)Complete Recordings

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We've had a number of requests for a way to download all the recordings from our (in)complete recordings playlists. Here goes... Just a warning - as of February 13, 2018 we have 467 songs in the playlist, for a total of around 3 GB.