Trade Regrets: George Shorney
George Shorney, the past president of Hope Publishing, passed away on March 31 in Naples, Florida.
Founded in 1892 by George’s grandfather, Hope Publishing, has a well-deserved reputation for quality research and an extensive catalog of hymns. One of the early successes of Hope was their role in bringing the great British hymns to American churches. Along the way, Hope also acquired the rights to music collections that might otherwise have been lost, such as the nearly 8,000 songs written by Franny Crosby, who was blind when she wrote the now standard “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine.”
George served as president of the company and chairman before his retirement in 2001. To view George’s 2006 NAMM Oral History interview, click here.