3. Singing Schedules, Newsletters, and Websites of Regional Groups


National/International Singing Schedules, Newsletters, and Facebook Groups on the Web:

The Sacred Harp Singing Web site, by Warren Steel at the University of Mississippi Department of Music, has links to many singing schedules:

Regular Local Singing List, compiled by Annie Grieshop. This is a list of known shape-note singings from several tunebooks (including several editions of The Sacred Harp, Christian Harmony, New Harp of Columbia, Harmonia Sacra, Northern Harmony, and others) throughout the world), that take place four or more times a year and that draw singers from their immediate locale. In the South these are often called "practice sessions." Currently, the directory has mainly singings from the 1991 Edition of The Sacred Harp, which are also listed in the printed book Annual Minutes and Directory (see below). Listings of singings from other tunebooks may eventually become more complete.

Links to Web Pages for Regional Singings and Conventions and Special Events and Publicity, compiled by Warren Steel. The many Web pages describing regional singing activities, schedules, and conventions are listed. A recently added section provides links to many news articles and radio programs about Sacred Harp singing.

Sacred Harp Publishing Company Newsletter edited by Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg. This online newsletter was started in 2012 by Mr. Karlsberg, vice-president of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company, the publisher of the 1991 Edition. It features articles and reports of national and international interest about Sacred Harp singing and singers. The goal is to publish the newsletter quarterly.

[NEW] The Sacred Harp Publishing Company's Facebook page.

[NEW] Sacred Harp Friends Facebook Group. This group is open to Facebook users who are Sacred Harp singers and close friends of singers. Recent postings have announced singings and conventions, and on a more somber note, illnesses, deaths, and funerals of singers.

[NEW] Dinner on the Grounds Facebook Group. A large and active group devoted to the sharing of recipes and cooking tips for potluck meals at Sacred Harp and other shape-note singings and conventions.

Schedules of Sacred Harp Singings Found in Minute Books:

(Also listed in the Books/Articles chapter)

Sacred Harp Singings: Annual Minutes and Directory. An indispensable annual book for singers desiring to network, travel, and sing Sacred Harp (1991 Edition) with others in authentic settings such as in the rural South. The professionally designed and printed softbound book contains (1) schedules of annual Sacred Harp singings and conventions for the current year, listed by date, (2) a schedule of local periodic singings with contact names and addresses, listed by state and city, (3) minutes of the previous year's annual singings listing the songs sung (by page number) and the leader for each song, (4) names of individuals who died during the previous year and who were remembered at Memorial Lessons reported in the minutes, (5) birthdays of several hundred Sacred Harp singers, and (5) a directory of names, addresses, and phone numbers of roughly two thousand Sacred Harp singers throughout the world. The book is oriented toward singings from the 1991 ("Denson") Edition of the Sacred Harp, but it now includes a number of major singings from the Cooper Edition of the Sacred Harp. The book is now compiled by Judy Caudle, assisted by David Ivey and Joan Aldridge. The Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association publishes, prints, and distributes the Directory and Minutes under the auspices of the Alabama State Sacred Harp Singing Convention. The price is $10.00 per book postpaid. Make checks payable to Sacred Harp Minutes. Send orders to: Attn: Minutes Book Order, Judy Caudle, 1821 Gum Pond Road, Eva, AL 35621. Limited quantities of the book are made available at no charge to singing groups sponsoring singings having minutes in the book. The minutes are also available in an online searchable format..

Minutes of Sacred Harp Cooper Books Singing Convention[s] This annual pamphlet compiled by Audrey Barfield provides minutes of many of the annual Cooper book singings in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. There is also a calendar of most of the annual Cooper book singings for Alabama and Florida, as well as some information on the Cooper Book, photographs of officers of the Sacred Harp Book Co. and of deceased singers. It is available from Aubrey Barfield, 1469 Cypress, Niceville, FL 32578 for $3.00 per copy postpaid. For Cooper book singings in Texas, see the newsletter Texas Sacred Harp Bulletin, described in the Newsletters section.


Regional Newsletters, Web Pages, and Facebook Groups:

Note on Facebook Pages: Many Sacred Harp and shape-note singing communities now maintain lively Facebook pages in addition to, or instead of, traditional websites. Singings are often announced and discussed interactively on Facebook instead of on traditional websites. A Facebook account, and in some cases membership in the group, may be required to see the information. This guide lists below many Sacred Harp Facebook groups without attempting to be complete, as new ones appear frequently. Traditional websites and Facebook groups are listed together by region rather than by type of website. Some of the traditional websites listed below appear to be dormant and out of date, but they are still listed, as they may contain useful information.

A. Southern United States (including Texas but not Virginia)

Sacred Harp Singing in Georgia compiled by Laura Akerman, John Plunkett, and Deborah Grosse. This Web site is the Atlanta Sacred Harp singers' guide to shape note singings in Georgia. It lists monthly and annual singings and special events, as well as information and resource links. The extensive monthly schedule of singings in Georgia, compiled by Laura Akerman, is at http://www.atlantasacredharp.org/monthly.html and can be sent to subscribers by e-mail, as explained on the Web page.

[NEW] Atlanta [Georgia] Sacred Harp Facebook Group

[NEW] Savannah [Georgia] Sacred Harp Singers

[NEW] Alabama Sacred Harp Facebook Group

[NEW] Auburn [Alabama] Sacred Harp Singing Facebook Group

Shiloh Sacred Harp Singers (Arkansas). This Web page describes the Sacred Harp singing activities in Springdale, Arkansas.

[NEW] Arkansas Sacred Harp Facebook Group

Mississippi Singing Schedule. This list, which includes Sacred Harp and Christian Harmony singings, is maintained by Professor Warren Steel of the University of Mississippi.

Sacred Harp Singing in Chattanooga. Information about singings in Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tennessee, maintained by John Lamb.

[NEW] Chattanooga Sacred Harp Facebook Group

Appalachian Association of Sacred Harp Singers by Raphael Finkel. This Web page provides schedules of singings from The Sacred Harp and The Southern Harmony in and near Lexington, Kentucky. It also provides general information about the Association.

Harpeth Valley Sacred Harp Singers. This site contains information about Sacred Harp singing activities in Tennessee, particularly in the Nashville area.

Old Harp: The New Harp of Columbia Newsletter, founded by the late Larry Olszewski, now edited by Ann Strange,Lois Luebke, and Tina Becker. This is the only newsletter covering New Harp of Columbia singings (primarily in east Tennessee). It contains singing schedules, interesting articles, photographs, and information about recordings. It is published and professionally printed once a year, at the end of January. The ISSN is 1546-038X. Its subscription price is currently under review, but the editors will accept donations by mail. Make checks payable to "Old Harp" and mail them to Old Harp Newsletter, 307 E. Lake Forest Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920. This newsletter is also available as a PDF on the Old Harp Singing Web site (described immediately below).

Old Harp Singing in East Tennessee/ New Harp of Columbia Shape Note Singers, maintained by Chris Stoddart. This Web page is an introduction to New Harp of Columbia singing and has a detailed calendar of upcoming singings with contact information, as well as links to the on-line latest issue of Old Harp: The New Harp of Columbia Newsletter. There is also a Listserv for New Harp of Columbia singers and supporters. Contact Chris Stoddart for more information.

[NEW] Old Fields Singers [Tennessee]. This site announces singings from The Christian Harmony in Elizabethton, TN 37643.

Christian Harmony Website now for both editions, maintained by Mary Baumeister and others. Information, schedules, and minutes of singings from both the 1873 Walker edition of Christian Harmony in western North Carolina and the Deason-Parris Christian Harmony in Alabama and Mississippi (information on Al-MS singings supplied by Tim Cook). There is also sections presenting recipes, ordering information for tunebooks and CDs, and verses that are not in the tunebooks.

North Carolina Shape-Note Singing contains information about periodic singings and the annual North Carolina Convention.

Charlotte [North Carolina] Sacred Harp Singers. Information about monthly singings and the annual all-day singing.

[NEW] Asheville [NC]Christian Harmony and Sacred Harp Singers Facebook Group.

FA: Triangle Area Sacred Harp News. This newsletter, edited by Lynda Hambourger and issued 3-4 times a year, describes shape-note singing activities in North Carolina in general and the Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill) in particular. There are interesting articles as well as singing schedules. It is sponsored by PineCone: Piedmont Council of Traditional Music. To subscribe, write to Lynda Hambourger, 2509 Kenmore Drive, Raleigh, NC 27608. Contributions are gratefully accepted. Checks should be made out to the editor or to "PineCone."

[NEW] Lowcountry [South Carolina] Sacred Harp. Information about singings in Charleston, SC.

[NEW] Tallahassee [Florida] Sacred Harp Facebook Group

[NEW] Jacksonville [Florida] Sacred Harp Singers Facebook Group

[NEW] Pensacola [Florida] Sacred Harp Facebook Group

Sacred Harp Singing in Texas Web site maintained by Gaylon L. Powell of Austin. This site includes schedules of annual and monthly singings in Texas from the Cooper and 1991 Revisions of The Sacred Harp, essays by Mr. Powell and others describing the music and its appeal, biographical sketches of B. F. White and several composers and authors of tunes and texts in The Sacred Harp, and the online version of the Texas Sacred Harp Newsletter, described immediately above.

[NEW] Texas Sacred Harp Singers Facebook Group

[NEW] Dallas [Texas] Sacred Harp Facebook Group

B. Midwest United States

Sacred Harp Singing in Ohio, maintained by John Bealle. Singing activities throughout Ohio are features, as well as the annual Ohio State Sacred Harp Convention.

Cincinnati [Ohio] Sacred Harp Singing, maintained by John Bealle.

[NEW] Cleveland [Ohio] Sacred Harp Facebook Group announces singings in northeast Ohio and posts discussion among group members.

Columbus [Ohio] Shape-Note Singing provides Sacred Harp singing schedules in the Columbus area.

Dayton [Ohio] Sacred Harp Singing. Information about singings in the Dayton, as well as Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio areas, and the annual Ohio convention. Of particular interest is that under "Media" there are links to YouTube videos of Southern and Midwestern Sacred Harp singings.

Bloomington [Indiana] Sacred Harp.

[NEW] Kokomo [Indiana] Sacred HarpFacebook Group

FaSoLaMichigan.org, A website providing information on singings in Lansing/East Lansing, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, and Detroit, Michigan. There is also a discussion forum.

Michigan and Northern Indiana Sacred Harp Singings by Will Fitzgerald. This page provides a map and schedule and contact information for Sacred Harp singings in Goshen and Young America, IN, and Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and Lansing, MI, as well as Harmonia Sacra singings in this area.

[NEW] Sacred Harp Detroit [Michigan] Facebook Group

[NEW] Ohio Valley Shapes, lists singings and major events in Louisville, KY and southern Indiana.

Singing Sacred Harp in Chicago, lists singings and major events in the Chicago area.

[NEW] Chicagoland Sacred Harp Singing for New Singers Facebook Group

Sacred Harp Singing in Downstate Illinois maintained by Peter Ellertsen. General information is given about singings in the area of Springfield and Charleston, IL.

Shape Note Singing in the Twin Cities [Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN] provides information and schedules of singing, generally from The Sacred Harp, in the Twin Cities area. There is also information on the annual Minnesota State Sacred Harp Convention.

[NEW] Twin Cities Shape Noters Facebook Group.

Wisconsin Shape-Note News. Schedules of singings in the Wisconsin area, with occasional articles and reviews by James Page. Published online six times a year. Issues can be e-mailed as PDF files to subscribers. Contact Mr. Page at shapebrain-at-yahoo-dot-com.

Sacred Harp Iowa. Information about singings in Cedar Rapids, Fairfield, and Iowa City.

Omaha Shape Note Singers.. Information about singings in Nebraska.

[NEW] Sacred Harp Singers of Kansas City Facebook Group.

Kaw Valley Shape Note Singing Association Web page (Northeast Kansas)maintained by Brad Levy of Lawrence, Kansas, lists schedules of singings in Kansas and northwest Missouri.

St. Louis Shape Note Singers. Articles, photographs, and singing schedules for singings in and near St. Louis, Missouri.

[NEW] St. Louis Shape Note Singers Facebook Group.

Columbia (Missouri) Shape Note Singer Articles and singing schedules and contact information for Columbia, Missouri.

[NEW] Columbia [Missouri] Shape Note Singers Facebook Group.

C. Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States (including Virginia but not New England)

Shape-Note Music in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Area, by Miriam Kilmer. This site contains information about Sacred Harp singing in the Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Richmond, and Northern Shenandoah (VA) areas. There are links to other information.

Washington, DC area: Schedules and locations of the monthly (4th-Sunday) Sacred Harp singings sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, are listed on the Society's Web site under Group Activities.

DC Shape-Note Singers Facebook Page Information about Washington, DC-area singings, particularly one held monthly on Capitol Hill.

Baltimore Shape Note Singing. Information about singing from The Sacred Harp, Shenandoah Harmony, and other shapenote tunebooks.

[NEW] Baltimore Shape Note Singing Facebook Group.

Richmond [Virginia] Sacred Harp Singers Facebook Group. Schedules of singings in Richmond, discussion and information about the annual James River Sacred Harp Convention.

North Shenandoah Valley Sacred Harp Singing Schedule. Schedules of weekly and monthly singings, as well as the annual all-day singing, in the area of Berryville and Boyce, VA, usually organized by John del Re and Kelly Macklin.

[NEW] Information about singing from the new tunebook Shenandoah Harmony can be found on a website and on a Facebook page.

[NEW] Charlottesville [Virginia] Sacred Harp Singers Facebook Group

Pennsylvania Sacred Harp announces singings throughout Pennsylvania, a state that has been enjoying a flurry of new local singings in recent years.

State College [Pennsylvania] Sacred Harp, maintained by Hal Kunkel. Information about singings in or near State College, PA.

[NEW] Lancaster [Pennsylvania] Sacred Harp Facebook Group

Pittsburgh Sacred Harp Singing, This section of the website of the Frets and Feet Music and Dance organization lists schedules of singings in Pittsburgh, PA and Morgantown, WV.

[NEW] Lehigh Valley [Pennsylvania] Shape Note Singers Facebook Group.

Garden State [New Jersey] Sacred Harp : Information on singings in Trenton, Upper Montclair, and Woodcliff Lake, and the annual Garden State Convention.

Sacred Harp Princeton [New Jersey]. Information about singings in the Princeton and Lawrenceville area of New Jersey.

New York State Sacred Harp Singing,by Dennis Leipold, contains informative explanatory articles about Sacred Harp singing and schedules of singings throughout New York State.

[NEW] New York City Sacred Harp is a portal for information about the regular singings taking place in multiple locations of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Upper Montclair, NJ., as well as the annual All-day Singing.

Lower East Side [of Manhattan] Shape Note Sing, by Linda Griggs. This page announces singings in the Lower East Side as well as other singings in the New York City area.

Sacred Harp in Brooklyn. This page gives contact information about regular singings (originally founded by Joe Beasley) in Brooklyn, NY.

LITMA's Sacred Harp Sings (Huntington Station, Long Island, New York).

D. New England

Regular New England Area Singings. This page from the Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention Web site lists singings and contact persons for all of New England (including Maine) as well as New York and New Jersey.

BostonSing.org Shape Note Resources maintained by Robert Stoddard. This site has information about and schedules of singings in the entire Boston and New England areas. It also has a rapidly growing archive of audio mp3 recordings made by Mr. Stoddard at recent Sacred Harp and shape-note singings (see chapter 4).

[NEW] Boston Sacred Harp Facebook Group.

[NEW] Newburyport [MA] Sacred Harp Facebook Group This Facebook Group presents singing information and discussion regarding Sacred Harp activities in Newburyport, MA and the Boston North Shore area.

Boston area: Singings sponsored by Norumbega Harmony in Newton, MA. Site is maintained by Ishmael Stefanov-Wagner.

Boston Sacred Harp Singing. (The previously informative website is currently down, but the domain registration is being maintained by a Sacred Harp singer.)

Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Singing. Schedules of singing activities in Northampton and Amherst, MA, and in Providence, RI, as well as information about the Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention and Pioneer Valley All-Day Singing.

[NEW] Maine Shape Note and Sacred Harp Singing.

[NEW] Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Community Facebook Group.

Rhode Island Sacred Harp Singing presents a calendar of singings in Rhode Island, contact information, and information about the All-Day Rhode Island singing. There is also a useful FAQ page.

[NEW] Shape Note Singing Communities of Vermont Facebook Group.

[NEW] Yale-New Haven [Connecticut] Regular Singing.

English West Gallery Music workshops in the Boston area. Sacred Harp and Gallery music singer and composer Bruce Randall holds monthly workshops in English parish church music which stylistically influenced 17th and 18th-century New England tunesmiths. These sessions are experiencing increasing interest and participation, according to Bob Parr. For more information, contact Bruce Randall by e-mail at melismata-at-hotmail-dot-com. The Web page has some MIDI sound files and a blog by Laura Conrad.

E. Western United States

[San Francisco] Bay Area Sacred Harp. Information about singings in the Bay area including San Francisco, Palo Alto, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and other areas of Northern California.

[NEW] Bay Area Sacred Harp Facebook Group.

Fasola L.A.: Shape Note Singing in Los Angeles maintained by Laura and Richard Russell. This Web site lists singing schedules in the Los Angeles area as well as contact information and fasola singing events throughout southern California.

San Diego FaSoLa Sacred Harp Singers.

[NEW] Tucson [Arizona] Fasola. Information about singings in Arizona and New Mexico.

Sacred Harp Colorado. This site lists schedules of singings in various Colorado cities. There is also information about the Rocky Mountain Sacred Harp Convention.

Rocky Mountain Shapenote Singers. Singings in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico.

Utah Sacred Harp Singing lists singing schedules for the Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah areas.

Pacific Northwest Sacred Harp Singers Web site maintained by Karen Willard. Information about singings in Washington state and Oregon. There also useful sections of short articles suitable as flyers and handouts at singings. Titles include "Beginner's Guide," "What's Going On Here," "Do You Have a Vocal Identity Crisis?" (by Lisa Grayson), FAQ from the Texas Sacred Harp Singers, an essay on accidentals by Ananias Davisson, "How To Find the 6th in Minor Songs," etc. Newly added sections of great interest include Miss Grace Notes advice column from the Chicago Sacred Harp Newsletter, a humorous and updated essay from the early 1990s entitled "Natural History of a Sacred Harp Zealot," additional verses, and song scores.

[NEW] Tacoma [Washington] Sacred Harp Singers Facebook Group

Portland [Oregon] Sacred Harp Singing. Information about monthly singings and the annual Sacred Harp Convention in Portland Oregon.

[NEW] Eugene [Oregon] Sacred Harp Singers. Announcements and news about Sacred Harp singing in Eugene, Oregon.

[NEW] Salem [Oregon] Sacred Harp. Announcements and news about Sacred Harp singing in Oregon and southern Washington state.

[NEW] Salem [Oregon] Facebook Group

[NEW] Sacred Harp Alaska Facebook Group

F. Canada

[NEW] Ottawa Shape Note Chorus

[NEW] Vancouver [BC] Sacred Harp

[NEW] Montreal Sacred Harp Singers Facebook Group

G. United Kingdom and Ireland

United Kingdom Sacred Harp and Shapenote Singing compiled by Edwin Macadam and Sheila Girling Smith. This enlarged resource contains information about the UK Shape-Note Conventions, schedules of shape-note singings in the UK, and other useful information.

[NEW] UK Sacred Harp Facebook Group

London Sacred Harp Singing (UK) presents information on Sacred Harp singing in the London area as well as information for beginners.

Newcastle Sacred Harp Singing (UK) presents information on Sacred Harp singing in Newcastle upon Tyne -- regular singings as well as the annual Singing Day.

[NEW] Manchester [UK] Sacred Harp Singing Facebook Group.

[NEW] Oxford [UK] Sacred Harp Singing Facebook Group

[NEW] Shapenote Scotland

[NEW] Sacred Harp Singers of Dublin [Ireland] Facebook Group

[NEW] Sacred Harp Singers of Cork [Ireland]

[NEW] Sacred Harp Singers of Cork [Ireland] Facebook Group

H. Continental Europe

[NEW] Sacred Harp Amsterdam Facebook Group

Sacred Harp Bremen [Germany]. This website mostly in the German language has a remarkable teaching resource: Under the heading Lieder (songs), there are links to [NEW] computer-generated audio files for each voice part of each song in The Sacred Harp 1991 Edition. One can listen separately to each voice part (treble (Sopran), treble an octave lower, alto, tenor, bass) and all four (or three) parts together, with words (n English) of the first verse sung by a computer with a bit of a British accent). An image of the score of the featured song is below the buttons for the audio files. For somesongs, there are also links to YouTube videos of the featured song sung by real people at various singings.

[NEW]Sacred Harp Northern Germany Facebook Group. This group includes singers in the Hamburg area.

[NEW] Frankfurt [am Main, Germany] Shape Note Web site

[NEW] Berlin [Germany] Shape Note Web site

[NEW]Sacred Harp in Poland Facebook Group

[NEW]Shapenote Singing Sacred Harp CZ Facebook Group Singing activity in the Czech Republic.

I. Sacred Harp and Shape-Note Newsletters of Historical Interest

The rise of the Internet in the late 1990s caused several worthy printed newsletters to cease publication and not to continue online. These had informative articles and photographs which provide historical documentation of the resurgence of interest in Sacred Harp singing in the U.S. starting in the late 1980s. Copies may be found in some music libraries and private collections. An incomplete list of these newsletters is as follows:


Steven L. Sabol (sabol@his.com)
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