14 responses to Do Amish enjoy music and singing?
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    Keith B. Johnston
    Comment on Do Amish enjoy music and singing? (May 11th, 2011 at 09:11)

    Do Amish enjoy music and singing?

    Recently small booklets have been printed with the tunes for the Ausbund hymns, so they can be studied now by songleaders. The best book on the Ausbund is a well written one by an Amish man Ben Blank, The Amazing Story of the Ausbund. There is also an English translation of the most commonly used hymns called Songs of the Ausbund (although many hymnals used outside of Sunday morning worship by the Amish and Plain Mennonites contain some Ausbund hymns translated). Both of these can be found in most Amish stores or ordered from Pathways.

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    Comment on Do Amish enjoy music and singing? (May 11th, 2011 at 09:22)

    Thanks Keith, I appreciate you sharing good info here and on other posts. I’ve at least once used the translated hymnals, and I’ve often seen Ben Blank’s books in Amish homes. Interesting to hear about the booklets.

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    Comment on thanks (April 18th, 2012 at 10:19)


    I am doing a project for school and this article has been very helpful thanks.

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    Pam M.
    Comment on Amish dances in the late 40's? (September 16th, 2012 at 20:43)

    Amish dances in the late 40's?

    My uncle tells me that he and my dad went to Amish dances in Pennsylvania when they were in their late teens/early twenties. Can anyone shed any light on this topic? Thanks

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    Comment on Recherche CD des chants Amish (June 22nd, 2013 at 08:09)

    Recherche CD des chants Amish

    Je recherche un CD des principaux chants des Amish aux Etats Unis.
    Quelqu’un peut-il me conseiller ?

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    Comment on Do Amish enjoy music and singing? (June 22nd, 2013 at 14:47)

    I am unaware that there are any CDs of Amish church music, for one thing, producing a recording of songs sung from Amish church services for the sake of profit may (most likely) be regarded as sacrilegious to the Amish community, generally.

    However, various youtube videos exist of Amish and Mennonites singing spirituals and hymns from various sources. One of the nicest in my opinion, although, given the circumstance of where the video was made, of a “choir” of Amish girls singing at an Amish funeral.

    But, although other people maybe be aware of CDs of Amish music, I am not, and if they are available, I am sure a lot of people would want to know how to get them too.

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      Comment on Do Amish enjoy music and singing? (June 27th, 2013 at 13:02)

      Shom a belated thanks for the French language help 🙂 I am assuming French is more commonly taught in Canada. I guess I could have used Google Translate but you did a nice job here.

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      Comment on Do Amish enjoy music and singing? (February 4th, 2015 at 18:51)

      I own a CD of songs by some Amish young ladies in Holmes County. They were all (3 or 4) unbaptized at the time and sang at benefits and such in their area. I believe proceeds from the sale of the CDs went to help someone in need.

      When we visited later with one of the girls, she had moved on from singing as much because she had been baptized.

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    John Nozum
    Comment on Thanks for the article on Amish music! (March 21st, 2014 at 03:31)

    Thanks for the article on Amish music!

    I had questions about Amish and music for around 15 years! I really enjoyed your article on Amish music!

    May God’s peace be with ya–in the name of JESUS!

    From John Nozum

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    Rev. J. Alexander
    Comment on The Ausbund (July 21st, 2016 at 23:01)

    The Ausbund

    I am a minister in the Christian Church(Disciples of Christ) who just recently moved to Wooster, Ohio. I am a musician and collect hymnals. Any idea if it would be possible to get a copy of the Ausbund?

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      Comment on Ausbund (July 22nd, 2016 at 19:38)


      In the 2016 Pathway Publishers the Ausbund is listed @ $6.50.

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      Mark — Holmes Co.
      Comment on Do Amish enjoy music and singing? (July 23rd, 2016 at 08:23)

      If you’re in Wooster, you are not far from The Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center. (Address: 5798 County Road 77, Millersburg, OH, 44654; phone: 330-893-3192). Though the address is Millersburg, they are just outside of Berlin, maybe a 40 min. drive from Wooster. They sell Ausbunds both the original (like we use in church) and the newer translated ones that have the German with the English translation underneath.) I’m not sure of the price of either one, but you could easily find out. They also have a display of copies of the Ausbund from the original printing in 1564 all the way up to today, though one of the books is a copy and a few editions are missing and have been marked with a wooden-block the size of the missing book. The display gives a lot of information. They have books related to the Ausbund also, maybe a half dozen titles. There is a CD that has some selected singing from the Ausbund also. I hope this helps.

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    Comment on Do Amish enjoy music and singing? (October 24th, 2016 at 03:10)

    I heard that the amish think that music is a sin, why listen to them on music then?

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      Mark — Holmes Co.
      Comment on Do Amish enjoy music and singing? (October 25th, 2016 at 08:15)

      Indra, don’t believe everything you hear. In the village of Berlin there is the”music on the square” event Friday evenings through the warm weather with various singers or bands playing. You’ll see a lot of Amish folks there enjoying the singing.

      This evening the Heritage Center has their annual banquet and there will be a few hundred Amish & Mennonite people there to enjoy the meal, the speaker, AND the singer. This year the singer will be John Schmid, a local non-Amish man who is a very popular singer in this area, with both Amish & non-Amish.

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