This is a 10-minute long piece that traces the history of the song "We Shall Overcome," using narration and exerpts of ten versions of the song to educate about injustice and inspire hope.  Its history is traced from its probable roots in slavery, to a Methodist hymn, through Pete Seeger, the Freedom Singers, and Joan Baez, and all the way to the present day.  The piece ends with the performers and audience/congregation singing through the piece one last time, a cappella, organically improvising harmonies.  There are several opportunities for short solos, and one short a cappella quartet section.



Reflections on "We Shall Overcome:" A Historical Review

  • You are purchasing a licensed PDF of this piece, with your name (or the name of your organization) imprinted on the bottom. Purchase one copy for each choir/quartet member, pianist, and conductor.