Not something that happens
But the way something happens
-- Charles Ives,
Essays Before a Sonata

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Robert Shaw Chorale and the Shape-note Heritage, 1948-1967

I presented a paper entitled "The Robert Shaw Chorale and the Shape-note Heritage, 1948-1967" at a conference, Teaching the Harp of Voices: Discovering America's Choral Roots ... Today, at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York. I have been researching the efforts of Robert Shaw and Alice Parker to popularize songs from shape-note tunebooks, both in performances by the Robert Shaw Chorale and through publication of the arrangements the Chorale employed in its performances.

Many thanks to Tom Malone, professor of music education at Molloy, for his efforts in organizing this conference.