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“Voices of the Shenandoah”: Call for storytelling & original music submissions

The river is something that connects us all—and we’d love for you to share how you are connected to it or have connected with others through it through submitting to our storytelling and original music contest this spring. Take us on a part of your journey by sharing an experience from the river, an old tale passed down through generations related to it, or how the river has made an impact on your life. Experienced and novice storytellers and musicians are welcome to submit!

Friends of the North Fork is hosting a series of “Voices of the Shenandoah – In Story and Song” this summer with storytelling and live music events at local breweries throughout the valley, and we plan to have several selected storytellers and/or musicians share their connections to the river at one or more of these events.

Submission Details:

Tell us how you are connected to the river, perhaps through sharing:

  • An experience on the river
  • An old tale passed down through the generations
  • How the river has made an impact on your life

To make a submission call our office at 540.459.8550 to leave a voicemail summary of your story (no more than 2-3 minutes for the summary), or email a video summary or audio recording (no more than 2-3 mins) to Please remember to also leave your name, phone number and email address with each story submission. You are welcome to make more than one story or music submission if you’d like.

If selected you will:

  • Tell your full story (up to 8-10 minutes long) or perform your piece at one of three story and live music events throughout the summer
  • Work with the Friends of the North Fork team to refine your story/music and prepare for event

Submission deadline: 11.59pm on June 1 for July event; 11.59pm on July 1 for August event; 11.59pm on August 1 for September event

Selected story tellers will be notified: Two weeks after each deadline

Questions? Contact our Program Coordinator, Mariama Dryak, for more information (