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Rachel Wells Hall

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
Rachel Wells Hall

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…
Rachel Wells Hall

Committee picks, part 1: Rachel

Now that the book is at the printers, we on the music committee have decided to write a series of posts about the songs we are most excited to be singing!  I got this idea because I always liked seeing "staff picks" at a bookstore. I've…
Rachel Wells Hall

Committee Picks, part 2: Nora

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I have truly had an amazing experience working on this book. This is a list of songs that have really grabbed me right from the beginning for a number of reasons: They are beautiful, they are interesting, I think they are going to sound amazing…
Rachel Wells Hall

Challenging Songs: WASHINGTON'S DIRGE and 302 PARADISE

One of our constant struggles is finding an appropriate level of difficulty for the book.  Here are two challenging songs, one (WASHINGTON'S DIRGE) which we decided not to include and one (302 PARADISE) which is still in contention…