“Hark, I Hear The Harps Eternal” arr. By Alice Parker (b. December 16, 1925)
Conducted by Landen G. Vandever
Landen G. Vandever was born and raised in Grant, Michigan, where his involvement in the school bands and choirs sparked his interest to be a Music Educator. In his time at Vandercook, Mr. Vandever has been president of the National Associate for Music Educators, president of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, an active member of American Choral Directors Association, and also enjoys performing with the acappella group “The Techtonics.” After graduation Mr. Vandever plans on becoming a high school choral director with hopes to pursue a masters degree some point in the future.
“Hark, I Hear The Harps Eternal” is an American folk hymn arranged by Alice Parker in 1967 for the Robert Shaw Chorale. The song comes out of the Scared Harp tradition that featured shape-note singing. In mid-eighteenth century America, shape-note singing originated out of a desire to assist people who were largely musically illiterate in singing music on sight. The basic idea was to give people a visual cue as to the note of the scale they were singing, very similar to solfege singing.