This website is the Atlanta Sacred Harp singers' guide to shape note singings in Georgia.
Check our upcoming singings page for a list of singings this month
in Georgia and eastern Alabama.
About shape note singing
Shape note music is a 200-year-old, uniquely American style of hymn singing.
This tradition is also known as Sacred Harp, after the title of
the best-known shape note tunebook. These haunting 4-part harmonies are sung
in powerful, exuberant style, with singers seated in an open square.
We sing not for performance but for the joy of singing and the community of singers,
to which newcomers are always welcome.
Georgia is in the middle of the traditional shape note heartland. The Sacred Harp was published in 1844
by Georgia residents B. F. White and E. J. King.
Shape note singing survives as a living tradition in Georgia to this day.
New singers from many different backgrounds are attracted to the powerful old songs
and find that shape note singing is not only a release for the spirit, it's also a lot of fun.
If you have not tried shape note singing before, see our
For general information, see
Warren Steel's Sacred Harp site.
Sacred Harp is not for reading about. It is for singing.
Find a singing and raise your voice.
Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers is an informal network of people interested in participating
in and promoting singing from the Sacred Harp and other shape note books in the Atlanta area.
We occasionally round up a group of volunteer singers for demonstrations of Sacred Harp singing for other
organizations and events. And of course, we support shape note singing with our voices at regular
and special singing events whenever and wherever we can.