Updated April 1, 2019
No joke - We have a lot of great opportunities to sing in April, especially at our 2nd annual Atlanta Singing coming up on April 27. Please come, and local singers, bring plenty of food!
Have friends who would like to learn to sing? Check out the (free!) Singing School on April 24 (the Wednesday before the Atlanta Singing). Experienced singers also needed.
Note that the Third Sunday singing at Church of Our Saviour is suspended for April because of Easter. That singing will resume in May.
It’s time to register for Camp! - Info at the end of this email.
Singings are from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition unless stated otherwise.
More info, including maps and GPS coordinates for these singings, is on the annual singings page.
Apr. 4, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, 1st Thursday Monthly Singing, Robinson Fellowship Hall, behind Emory Presbyterian Church, 1886 North Decatur Rd, Atlanta GA 30307. Directions: Half-mile west of the intersection of North Decatur Rd and Clairmont Rd, at the corner of North Decatur Rd and Westminster Way. Parking behind the church, off Westminster Way. Experienced and new singers, all are welcome. Contact: David Brodeur, david -at- davidbrodeur -dot- com or Lisa Bennett, (404) 402-9562, AtlantaSinging -at- gmail -dot- com.
Apr. 6, 1st Saturday, 12:00 noon, Associated Note Singers (7 shape gospel), 985 Oakland Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. Info: (404) 758-1132 or Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.
Apr. 7, 1st Sunday, 2:00 pm (Dinner served first), United Note Singers (7 shape gospel), Saint Paul Baptist Church, 428 Pleasant Valley Rd. (off Hwy 101), Mondale, GA 30162, Info: (404) 758-1132 or Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.
Apr. 7, 1st Sunday, 9:30 am Central Time, Edwardsville Baptist Church, Edwardsville, AL. 6 miles west of Fruithurst, just off U.S. Hwy. 78 (about 10 miles west of the Georgia - Alabama line).
Apr. 9, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 2nd Tuesday Monthly Singing, Holy Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, 515 East Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur GA 30030, three blocks east of the Decatur MARTA station. Parking lot entrance is on Sycamore Street. Enter the parish hall through the red doors facing Sycamore Lane. Experienced and new singers and kids: all are welcome. Info: Lisa Bennett, (404) 402-9562, AtlantaSinging -at- gmail -dot- com.
Apr. 12, Friday evening before the second Sunday, 6:30 pm, Elder Homer Benefield, Katherine Benefield, and Mildred Johnson Memorial. Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church, 225 Shiloh Church Rd, Waco, GA. Info: Cecil Roberts (770) 574-7832
Apr. 13, Saturday before the 2nd Sunday, 9:00 am Central Time. State Line Church, near Muscadine (Cleburne County) AL. Go west on U.S. Hwy 78 until you cross the Alabama State Line, take the first road to the right (County Road 69), then take the next right (County Road 207, dirt road), then 500 yards and church will be on left. GPS: 33.755401, -85.363110 . Info: Pam Nunn, (256) 441-2615, pamdnunn -at- gmail -dot- com .
Apr. 13, Saturday before 2nd Sunday, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Savannah Monthly Singing, Sanctuary, Ferguson Avenue Baptist Church, 10050 Ferguson Avenue. Info: Dawn Stanford (912) 484-5868, dawnipawni -at- gmail -dot- com.
Apr. 14, 2nd Sunday, 9:30 am Central Time, Antioch Baptist Church, Ider AL. Take I-59 north, exit right at Exit 231, turn left onto Hwy. 40/117, go 1.4 miles and turn right on Hwy. 117, go 9.5 miles (cross Hwy. 75), turn right onto County Highway 141, go 3.9 miles, turn right onto County Road 783 and immediately back left onto County Road 782. Church is on the left. Contact: Terry Wootten, (256) 632-3830.
Apr. 16, “Teenth Tuesday” Monthly Singing in Athens GA, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Party Room at Showtime Bowl, 555 Macon Hwy, Athens GA. Optional beginners' introduction, 6:30 pm. Info: Shannon Primm, sprimm -at- yahoo -dot- com.
Apr. 18, 7:00 pm. 3rd Thursday Monthly Singing at Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church, Bremen GA. Directions: Take exit #11 from I-20, turn south on Hwy. 27, go to top of hill at service station, turn left on Holly Springs Rd., go to dead end and turn left, church is on left. Info: Daniel Williams, danwilliamswk22 -at- gmail -dot- com.
Apr. 18, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 3rd Thursday Monthly Singing at The Well, 1800 Rossville Ave, Chattanooga, TN. Contact Mark Eirich 423-774-3898, markeirich -at- gmail -dot- com or Judy Mincey, 770-773-0818, Mincey.judy -at- yahoo -dot- com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaSacredHarp
Apr. 20, Saturday before 3rd Sunday, 10:00 am, Middle Georgia Sacred Harp Singing, Union Primitive Baptist Church, Goggans, GA. On Johnstonville Rd between I-75 and Barnesville. Info: Harry Eskew, harryeskew -at- cox -dot- net or John Plunkett 470-230-5757, bildad12 -at- hotmail -dot- com.
Apr. 21, 3rd Sunday, 9:30 am Central Time, Old Harmony Church Singing, Abernathy, AL. Approximately 10 miles east of Heflin, AL. From I-20, take exit 210 (Ranburne/Muscadine exit), turn south (right) on County Rd. 60, go 1 mile; church will be on the right.
Apr. 21, 3rd Sunday, 9:30 am Central Time, Pine Grove Church, Lookout Mountain, AL (near Collinsville). In Alabama, take I-59 and turn east on AL 68 (exit 205); follow signs to US 11, go south on 11, look for sign to church between mile marker 210 and 211 (turn in almost directly in line with mile marker 211, Hwy 469). Go 2.6 miles, follow signs. Info: Rodney Ivey, rodlivey -at- yahoo -dot- com, 256-899-5855.
Apr. 21, 3rd Sunday evening, Church of Our Saviour in Virginia-Highland. **Suspended for Easter - will resume 3rd Sunday in May**
Apr. 23, Tuesday evening, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Athens GA Christian Harmony (2010) (7 shape) singing, in the Party Room at Showtime Bowl, 555 Macon Hwy, Athens GA. Optional beginners' introduction, 6:30 pm. Info: Shannon Primm, sprimm -at- yahoo -dot- com.
Apr. 24, Wednesday evening, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Singing School for Beginners, taught by Lauren Bock and Andy Ditzler, at The Bakery, 825 Warner St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. Plenty of parking. Free and open to the public. Experienced singers needed to help with singing. Info: Lauren Bock, fasolauren -at- gmail -dot- com, Andy Ditzler, andy -at- andyditzler -dot- com.
Apr. 27, Saturday before the 4th Sunday, 9:30 am, Atlanta Sacred Harp Singing, Rock Spring Presbyterian Church, 1824 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 (across from Fat Matt’s Rib Shack). Singing will be in the Social Hall. Free parking in the church lot. GPS coordinates: 33.804859, -84.367973. Info: Andy Ditzler, andy -at- andyditzler -dot- com.
Apr. 28, 4th Sunday, 9:30 am Central Time, Alewine-Laminack Memorial, St. Michael Lutheran Church, 2213 County Rd. 14, Fruithurst (Cleburne County), AL. Take US 78 to Fruithurst, turn north (County Road 35) at Post Office, go to County Road 49, follow it north to County Road 14 (Rosewood Community), turn right, go about 2 miles, church is on the left. GPS: 33.815000, -85.406839.
Apr. 28, 4th Sunday, Alabama State Cooper Book Convention, Traveler's Rest Church, Samson, AL. Info: Victoria Aplin, 334-898-7253, Ripcal -at- Alaweb -dot- com.
Apr. 28, 4th Sunday, 3:00 pm., United Note Singers (7 shape gospel), Bible Way Ministries, 894 Constitution Rd. SE, Atlanta, GA 30325. Info: (404) 758-1132 or Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.
Shape Note Singing Camps this summer:
Adult Emphasis: June 9–13, 2019, Camp McDowell, Double Springs, Alabama
Youth Emphasis: July 1–5, 2019, Camp Lee, Anniston, Alabama
Camp Doremi (7 shapes)
August 15 - 18, 2019, Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, North Carolina
Lastly, you might be interested in this performance which uses some shape-note songs, and is coming up soon (Palm Sunday afternoon) here in Atlanta: Southern Folk Passion - Sunday, April 14, 2019, 4:00 PM, The Church at Ponce and Highland, 1080 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306. Brenda Bynum, the Meridian Chorale, and Steven Darsey, via historic shape-note folk tunes, present this dramatic portrayal of the Passion of Christ. The Passion of Christ has been central to the life experience of southern people. Their love and empathy is well recorded in the heartfelt strains of their songs. Singing from their experience, this unique Passion service is built around folk hymns from the famous 19th century The Sacred Harp tunebook, compiled in Georgia in 1844. http://www.meridianherald.org/folk-passion.html
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