Author Archives: Rachel Wells Hall

About Rachel Wells Hall

Rachel first sang from The Sacred Harp with her mother in 1980s Cincinnati and returned to singing in Philadelphia in 2009. She is a member of the Shenandoah Harmony music committee and associate professor of mathematics at St. Joseph's University.

Philadelphia, Birthplace of the Shapes and Center of Shape-Note Publishing

The original 1844 edition of The Sacred Harp bore the name and address of a Philadelphia publishing house: T. K. & P. G. Collins. Although B. F. White’s journey from Hamilton, Georgia, to Philadelphia would have been several days long, … Continue reading

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The Making of The Shenandoah Harmony

At 469 songs on 480 pages, The Shenandoah Harmony is the largest new four-shape tunebook published for more than 150 years. The music committee includes John del Re, Kelly Macklin, and their daughter Leyland del Re of Virginia; Nora Miller … Continue reading

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A Preview of The Shenandoah Harmony

I am pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of The Shenandoah Harmony, a new four-shape tunebook that will include about 450 songs in a compact format suitable for regular or all-day singing.  The music committee includes John Del Re, Kelly … Continue reading

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