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

Lehigh All-Day 2013 Recordings

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Recordings from the Lehigh Valley All-Day Singing 2013

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!)

Story telling event at NSV double all day

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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 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!

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 (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.

Consolation New

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The song Consolation New appears on page 143 of The Shenandoah Harmony.  Although it was first published in Harrisburg, Pa. in 1813, the tune is probably far older.  Ananias Davisson rearranged the tune in 1822 and included it in A Supplement…

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."

Holyoke Range All-Day 2014 Recordings

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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…

Questioning the Unanswered Cadence

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There's sometimes an audible gasp from the class after singing REDEEMING GRACE, THE HUMBLE PENITENT, or Allison Blake Steel's arrangement of HICKS' FAREWELL. Why the surprise?