In Memory of John Bayer, Jr.

Jan 11, 2017 by

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!)

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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. 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.

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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. Download (ShenandoahHarmonyPreview.pdf, PDF,...

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Holyoke Range All-Day 2014 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. Some of these tracks are rough, but we’re including them for study purposes. The first and last sessions are the strongest. Morning ShH 081 Shepherds StarShH 305 Tho Dark Be My WayShH 174 Faithful SoldierShH 143 Consolation NewShH 080 PomeraniaShH 001b RockbridgeShH 187 Bright SeasonShH 147 River of JordanShH 146 SamanthraShH 363 Constrained by LoveShH 132 Star in the EastShH 404t ParadiseShH 104t Time is Winging Us AwayShH 430 ProvidenceShH 022b Psalm 30ShH 243 Balm in GileadShH 428 Psalm 119ShH 200 AttentionShH 099 HartfordShH 069 AlsteadShH 335 RockinghamShH 373 Weeping MaryShH...

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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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