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

In Bethlehem City Christmas CD

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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…

Shenandoah sampler discs

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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…

Long-lost Shenandoah tunebook found

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It's rare to discover lost shape-note songs, let alone entire books, so I was completely floored to find that a copy of the long-lost James P. Carrell's Songs of Zion (1821) was recently cataloged by the University of Virginia. Songs of Zion…

Charts and graphs, oh my!

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Being a mathematically-inclined person, I'm always interested in the stories one can tease out of data...  Now that we've got the book mostly mapped out, I made a chart displaying the first publication dates of the songs.  Each dot in the…

"One of the most beautiful of those old minors"

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In the early stages of working on The Shenandoah Harmony, we jokingly titled the project The Mostly Minor Melodeon because, try as we might, we couldn't escape the fact that the songs we had chosen were overwhelmingly minor! The editions…

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?

Singing Judith Brock and Polly Gould

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A wonderful anecdote in this 1902 History of Newbury, Vermont (see embedded text below) gives the background on Jeremiah Ingalls' song LAMENTATION (ShH 258), written for the death of young Judith Brock. [BROCK], JUDITH, b. Aug 6, 1783;…

Four ``Irish'' Tenors

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Here are four favorite melodies I find myself coming back to time and again...  All four were published by Ananias Davisson in the Shenandoah Valley.  They're all minor and seem, at least to me, similar to a lot of Irish tunes I heard growing…

Morgan's Judgment Anthem, newly typeset

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UPDATE: Our friends Becky, Leland, Cheri, and Ivy in Northampton recorded JUDGMENT ANTHEM! You can hear and download it from Soundcloud. I just completed a new shape-note edition of Justin Morgan's JUDGMENT ANTHEM, available for download…

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…