Joseph Funk

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Born: 6 April 1778, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Died: 24 December 1862, Singers Glen, Virginia


Joseph Funk was an American composer, music teacher, and compiler of music books. He invented a unique seven-shape note system in 1851 for his book, Harmonia Sacra. In 1847, he established the first Mennonite printing house in the United States, at Mountain Valley, Virginia (renamed Singers Glen in 1860). Funk and his sons were active in organizing and teaching many singing schools in Virginia. Joseph Funk published his Compilation of Genuine Church Music in 1832, renamed Harmonia Sacra in 1851. It is still being published and used, now in its 26th Edition (2008), with singings in more than twenty locations annually.

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  • Funk, Joseph, Compiler. 1816. Die allgemein nützliche Choral-Music. Harrisonburg, Virginia: Laurentz Wartmann. 88 pp.
  • Funk, Joseph, Compiler. 1832. A Compilation of Genuine Church Music. Winchester, Pennsylvania: Republican Press. Second Edition, 1835; Third Edition, 1842; Fourth Edition, 1847.
  • Funk, Joseph, Compiler. 1851. Harmonia Sacra: A Compilation of Genuine Church Music, Fifth Edition. Mountain Valley, Virginia: Authors. Sixth Edition, 1854; Seventh Edition, 1855; Eighth Edition, 1857; Ninth Edition, 1858; Tenth Edition, 1860; Eleventh Edition, 1866.
  • Funk, Joseph, Compiler. 1876. The New Harmonia Sacra, Fifteenth Edition. Singers Glen, Virginia: Glen Publishing Co.


  • Eskew, Harry. 1966. Joseph Funk's "Allgemein Nützliche Choral-Music" (1816). Reports of the Society for the History of Germans in Maryland 32:38-46.
  • Lewis, Vera et al. 1992. Joseph Funk. Published online at Accessed 27 September 2021.
  • Wayland, John W. 1911. Joseph Funk: Father of Song in Northern Virginia. The Pennsylvania-German [Magazine] 12:580-594. Article reprinted separately by Ruebush-Kieffer Publishing, Dayton, Virginia, in 1912.

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