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George W. Sebren

Short Name: George W. Sebren
Full Name: Sebren, George Washington, 1882-1940
Birth Year: 1882
Death Year: 1940

Sebren, George Washington. (Belmont, Sabine Parish, Louisiana, March 8, 1882--January 26, 1940, Asheville, North Carolina). He was the son of Richard Henry and Sarah Jane Sebren. As a small boy he attended singing schools taught by T.J. Lites. He moved with this family to Sabine County, Texas, before he was twelve years old. He attended two sessions of Southern Development Normal, with F.L. Eiland as principal, also one normal under J.L. Moore and one under J.B. Vaughan. He later attended three sessions of the Southern Development Normal at Waco, Texas, under Dr. J.B. Herbert and his associates, graduating from that school in 1906. He also studied at Landon Conservatory of Music, Dallas, Texas, and under D.A. Clippinger, eminent voice teacher of Chicago.

He was first principal and teacher of the vocal department of the Southern Development Normal College of Music. He wrote hundreds of songs--both words and music--which have been published in many different books and sung throughout the South. His activities as a singer and teacher took him into every state in the South. He trained and led the first Vaughan Quartet, was teacher of voice and other subjects in the first six annual sessions of The Vaughan School of Music (founded 1909), in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. In his teaching work he was associated with Dr. J.B. Herbert, Emmet S. Dean, B.C. Unseld, E.T. Hilderbrand, and others.

Among the songs he written are "My Song of Praise" (better known as "I'm Going Along O'erflowing with Song"), "Be Cheerful All Along," and "I'm on the Right Side Now." He edited and published twelve gospel song books, one quartet book and two books on rudiments of music. He is the author of Ten Lessons in Singing, incorporated in Vaughan's School Songs, used in the public schools in the state of Tennessee.

At the time of his death he was active in broadcasting gospel quartets, teaching singing and continuing his composing of sacred songs while operating a bookstore at the same time. He had a thriving business in school books. He was also tenor soloist and music director at several churches in the area. He is buried at Calvary Church, Fletcher, N.C., near Asheville.

--Knippers, Ottis. (1937). Who's Who Among Southern Singers and Composers. Lawrenceburg, Tenn.: James D. Vaughan; and a letter from Dr. Herbert Sebren (son) to William J. Reynolds, 22 September 1985. DNAH Archives.


Texts by George W. Sebren (49)sort ascendingAsInstances
Wonderful the story of my home in gloryGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
With my Lord above meGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
Will you come to the SaviorGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
Why stand you in deep consternationGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
When shadows fall upon your wayGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
We're standing up for Jesus, Who from bondage frees usGeorge W. Sebren (Author)3
We have launchedGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
We are pilgrims on the wayGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
Toiling for the Master, working in his vineyardGeorge W. Sebren (Author)3
To him who gives me lifeGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
'Tis the harvest time, and the fields are whiteGeorge W. Sebren (Author)6
Though this life is filledGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
This world is not my resting placeGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
There's a beautiful country yonderGeorge W. Sebren (Author)3
There's a balm for the soulGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
There is a heavenly land, There is a beautifulGeorge W. Sebren (Author)9
The way of the Lord is the better wayGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
Tell me, brother, are you living on the glory lineGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
Star of light, shining brightGeorge W. Sebren (Author)3
Out on a rough and restless, surging tideGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
Out beyond these earthly bordersGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
O the wondrous love of GodGeorge W. Sebren (Author)1
O I'm going over yonderGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
No earthly friend of fortuneGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
Ninety and nine sheep are safe in the foldGeorge W. Sebren (Author)1
Lord, I feel thy strengtheningGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
Life is sweet to thoseGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
Life is beautiful and sweetGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
Let me walk, blessed Lord, in the way Thou hast goneGeorge W. Sebren (Author)18
I've been told of things eternalGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
In the sunshine's golden rayGeorge W. Sebren (Author)3
In the Bible there's a story, I read itGeorge W. Sebren (Author)3
In my heart I feel a Savior's boundless loveGeorge W. Sebren (Author)3
I'm going along, o'erflowing with songGeorge W. Sebren (Author)14
I'm a pilgrim on life's weary wayGeo. W. Sebren (Author)2
I know of a land that's sunk in shameGeorge W. Sebren (Author)3
I have made exchange of the wayGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
I have heard of a dwelling pl'cGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
I have found the road to the land of endlessGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
I have found the path of rightGeorge W. Sebren (Author)3
Harvest fields are calling and the grain bends lowGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
Happy on a highway to a better landGeorge W. Sebren (Author)6
God's people marched aroundGeorge W. Sebren (Author)3
Everywhere in every landGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
Children of God today, going along lifes wayGeorge W. Sebren (Author)3
Brother, look upon the fieldGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
Beautiful thoughts of love divineGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
Beautiful star of love, shining from heaven aboveGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
As we breast life's surgingGeorge W. Sebren (Author)2
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