John Waldo | It Is Well: Great Hymns on Guitar

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It Is Well: Great Hymns on Guitar

by John Waldo

Beautiful hymn arrangements on guitar.
Genre: Spiritual: Hymns
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It Is Well with My Soul
3:48 $0.99
2. In the Garden
2:48 $0.99
3. Blessed Assurance
3:48 $0.99
4. He Leadeth Me
3:29 $0.99
5. I Need Thee Every Hour
2:32 $0.99
6. Have Thine Own Way, Lord
3:02 $0.99
7. Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart
4:10 $0.99
8. Blest Be the Tie That Binds
2:00 $0.99
9. The Old Rugged Cross
4:24 $0.99
10. Abide with Me
4:43 $0.99
11. Sweet Hour of Prayer
4:24 $0.99
12. Be Thou My Vision
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Album Notes
A Summer Saga of Sweet Sorrow

The release of this album is a story of God’s providential presence.
I mastered my new album of favorite hymns in May of 2017 and my parents
enjoyed a demo copy during the summer that followed.

Then in July, my father had a severe stroke and passed away with the music at his bedside.

The music then provided comfort for my mother during some long summer nights.
I brought her a copy of the newly pressed CD in late August.
The following week on Mom’s first night in her independent living apartment she said,
“I think I will like it here,” but that very night she suffered a major heart attack.

The music then provided her comfort in a hospital bed as she slipped into eternity.

The music had provided a sense of God’s presence throughout the events of the summer.
My hope is that “It Is Well: Great Hymns on Guitar” will help you also
to experience the presence and providence of God,
wherever this may find you.

About the Artist

Classical guitarist John Waldo has performed with the Springfield Symphony on public radio of the Ozarks. He has performed as soloist with the Stanton Strings of Springfield, Missouri and the Trinity Recorder Consort of Madison, Wisconsin. Waldo has made multiple appearances on network affiliated television and has performed live “In the Spotlight” on Wisconsin Public Radio. Waldo performed his Christmas program on “Studio Live” with Public Radio of the Ozarks and has appeared on multiple occasions as Featured Guest Artist for the Children’s Choir of Southwest Missouri. Since his academic recitals as an undergrad and graduate student, he has appeared in hundreds of concerts, recitals, weddings, worship services, and social events. His performance schedule has taken him through much of the United States and parts of Europe.

Serving the Community

John Waldo regularly volunteers his musical talent in hospitals and cancer treatment centers as part of the program, “Healing through Music”. Waldo has served as Artist-in-Residence at Sequiota Elementary School in Springfield, Missouri, where he directed a school-wide professionally produced studio recording project for over 200 elementary students. He also served as resident guitarist for “New Song,” a weekly Taizé style meditation service featuring classical guitar. Waldo has presented his innovative program of poetry and classical guitar, “Celebrate the Earth” for dozens of public and private schools, libraries, festivals, and charities. He has performed his non-denominational guitar worship setting for scores of churches which also serves as the instrumental basis of his solo release, “The Glorious Guitar”.


Waldo is a member of the Grammy Academy® and the Guitar Foundation of America. He is founder and past president of The Guitar Society of the Ozarks, which merged into the Springfield Federated Music Club of which he is past president. Waldo has taught at the university level as well as in his private guitar studio and has adjudicated for Federated Festivals .


As presenter Waldo coordinated appearances by Lily Afshar, Oscar Ghiglia, Douglas Niedt, Paul Henry, and Evangelos and Lisa. He has performed in master-classes with many of the guitar greats of the preceding generation. Waldo studied guitar at the undergraduate level with Peter Lingen and then with Javier Calderon while completing his master of business administration.

In the words of listeners

"Mr. Waldo's musical performance was technically perfect and created an aura of peace and tranquility throughout our audience."
- 'Nature and the Arts' series,
Springfield Conservation Nature Center

"A delightful recording of rare tone colors and repertoire…" - ClassiQuest

"I do love your CD & we are featuring it…, very easy to listen to…, it rewards careful listening very well." - WQUB Radio, Quincy, Illinois 


Waldo's collaborative recording, "Positively Beautiful - positive organ and classical guitar" on the Blair Works label has been broadcast on classical music stations throughout North America. His other recordings include his live performance of the "Partita Concerto" for guitar by Andrew Charlton; his release of standard guitar solos, "The Glorious Guitar"; his arrangements of traditional Christmas carols for guitar, harpsichord, and positive organ on "Christmas Classical Guitar"; and now, a collection of his beautiful hymn arrangements on "It Is Well: Great Hymns on Guitar".



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