Updated June 26, 2019
Sacred Harp Singings are free and open to the public. All are welcome (including children of all ages). The only requirement for singing Sacred Harp is the desire to sing Sacred Harp. This is a participatory style of singing, not a concert or performance, so you are always welcome (and encouraged!) to join in. An offering is usually taken to defray expenses.
For “All-Day” singings:
There will be a Dinner on the Grounds around noon (potluck) unless otherwise noted. Please stay and eat even if you didn’t bring food. There is always enough to go around.
Singing start times are noted, but end times vary depending on how many singers/leaders attend. You can usually expect “All-Day” singings to end between 2:00 and 3:00 pm.
All singings are from The Sacred Harp 1991 edition unless otherwise noted. For Google maps for all these singings, please see the links on the pages for annual singings, local groups or note singings.
July promises to be an excellent singing month, starting with the “Fourth of July” singing (on July 1 this year) at Camp Fasola (Youth). Their Community Singing will be on the evening of the 4th of July.
1st Thursday and 2nd Tuesday singings are joining forces this month! Don’t miss our 3rd Annual “Christmas in July” evening singing on July 11.
Always wanted to sing at Spivey Hall? You’ll have your chance on July 20.
2nd Tuesday Singings at Holy Trinity return in August (with childcare!) Stay tuned.
I’ve sent a separate email already about the revision of the Sacred Harp that is underway. If you didn’t see it, please check your email inbox and read it for interesting/exciting news!
Sing On! Lisa
Saturday, June 30, 10:00 Central Time, Alabama Bicentennial Singing in Birmingham at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North - Birmingham, Alabama 35203. Info: David -at- davidivey -dot- com, (256) 258-8660 or Elene Stovall (205) 837-8741. The Bicentennial Singing is a special, one-time event in a Courthouse where they haven’t had Sacred Harp Singings since the 1950s.
Also on Saturday, June 30, 2nd 5th Sun., 10:00 am, Mount Pisgah, Sylvester, Ga. 10 miles southwest of Sylvester. From I-75, take Hwy. 112 to Ashburn and through Sylvester. Turn left on Evergreen/Doerun Road. Go 5.5 miles; church is on the right.
July 1, Monday, 10:00 am , Independence Day Singing, Lakeview Lodge, Camp Lee, Choccolocco Road, east of Anniston AL. Dutch Treat (lunch is $8.00 each). Info: David Ivey (256.258.8660 david –at- davidivey –dot- com Directions: From I-20, exit 188, turn north to Choccolocco Rd., turn right, go 2.2 miles, sign for camp on the right. http://campfasola.org/directions/ This is also the beginning of the Camp Fasola Youth Camp which runs from July 1-5. http://campfasola.org/
July 4 - First Thursday Singing at Emory Presbyterian postponed until July 11 “Christmas in July” (see below).
July 4, Thursday, 7:00 pm, Camp Fasola Community Singing, Camp Lee, Choccolocco Road, east of Anniston AL. See above for directions and info.
July 6, Saturday, 1 pm, United Note Singers, Bro Arie Arney's Annual Singing, Zion Hill Baptist Church, 70 Zion Hill Dr, Dallas GA 30157
July 6, Saturday, 10:30 am, John C. Campbell Folk Art School Singing, Brasstown NC. Singing mostly from the 2010 Christian Harmony. Info: Ted Cooley, ted -at- folkschool -dot- org. Directions: https://www.folkschool.org/index.php?section=articles&article_cat_id=5&article_id=25
July 6 & 7, 1st Sunday and Saturday before, 9:00 am Central Time on Saturday, 9:30 am CT on Sunday. Henagar-Union Convention, Liberty Church, 2 miles north of Henagar AL on Liberty Road. From Henagar Crossing, take Hwy 40 west to the Farmers Telephone Cooperative. Turn right and go to dead end. Turn right, take first left past Henagar Methodist Church (Liberty Rd). Church is on right, approximately 1.5 miles. Info: David Ivey (256) 258-8660, david -at- davidivey -dot- com
July 9 - Second Tuesday singing at Holy Trinity suspended until August. See July 11 “Christmas in July” combined singing below.
July 11, Thursday, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Christmas in July Singing, Robinson Fellowship Hall, behind Emory Presbyterian Church, 1886 North Decatur Rd, Atlanta GA 30307. Park behind the church, off Westminster Way. We will be singing Christmas songs from the Sacred Harp, An American Christmas Harp, and The Eclectic Harmony. Feel free to bring copies of any 4-shape Christmas songs you like. Holiday snacks and attire encouraged! Info: David Brodeur, david -at- davidbrodeur -dot- com or Lisa Bennett, (404) 402-9562, AtlantaSinging -at- gmail -dot- com
July 13, Saturday before 2nd Sunday, 10:00 am, Flat Shoals Primitive Baptist Church, 2052 Fairview Road, Stockbridge, GA. Info: Jesse Roberts, (678) 432-6175 jroberjr -at- bellsouth -dot- net
July 13, Saturday before 2nd Sunday, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Savannah monthly singing, Sanctuary, Ferguson Avenue Baptist Church, 10050 Ferguson Avenue, Savannah GA. Info: Dawn Stanford, (912) 484-5868, dawnipawni -at- gmail -dot- com
July 14, 2nd Sunday, 1:15 pm to 3:15 pm. Hardeman Primitive Baptist Church, 3965 Glenwood Rd., Decatur GA. Singing from the 1911 J. L. White edition of the Sacred Harp. (Preaching at 10:30 am, lunch at 12:15 ) Info: Sandra Wilkinson, sandylou03 -at- comcast -dot- net
July 14, 2nd Sunday, 2:00 pm, United Note Singing (7 shape gospel), Towaliga “County Line” Baptist Church, Jackson, GA (770) 775-3995
July 14, 2nd Sunday, 3:00 pm, Associated Note Singers (7 shape gospel), Springfield Missionary Baptist, 1730 Hollywood Rd NW, Atlanta GA
July 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.
July 18, Thursday., 9:30 am Central Time. Capitol City Shape Note Singing, Loeb Reception Center (near Kiwanis Park), 310 Columbus Ave., Montgomery, AL. Singing from four different books: The Sacred Harp, The Sacred Harp (Cooper Revision), The Christian Harmony and The Colored Sacred Harp. Bring a sack lunch or plan to go to the Farmers Market Café across the street. Sponsored by the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture. Info: Joey Brackner, 334-242-4076, ext.225, joey dot brackner -at- arts -dot- alabama -dot- gov
July 18, 7:00 pm. 3rd Thursday Monthly Singing in Bremen GA at Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church. 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.
July 18, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 3rd Thursday Monthly Singing in Chattanooga, TN, The Well, 1800 Rossville Ave, Chattanooga, TN. Info: 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
July 20, Saturday before the 3rd Sunday, 10:00 am, Spivey Hall Sacred Harp Singing, 2000 Clayton State Blvd, Morrow, GA 30260. Info: Malinda Snow, (404) 892-6836, msnow -at- gsu -dot- edu or Lisa Bennett, (404) 402-9562, AtlantaSinging -at- gmail -dot- com
July 21, 3rd Sunday, 9:30 am Central Time, Muscadine Methodist Church, Corner of CR 267 and CR 49, Muscadine AL. Take exit 5 from I-20, north to Tallapoosa, turn right on Hwy. 78, go about 7 miles past the border with Alabama to Muscadine, turn south on County Rd. 49, go 1 mile, church is on the right. Info: Cecil Roberts, 770-574-7832.
July 21, 3rd Sunday evening, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Church of Our Saviour in Virginia-Highland. 6:00 pm singing school, 6:30 - 8:30 pm singing. Church of Our Saviour, Garrison Hall (building across from main church entrance) 1068 North Highland Ave. Atlanta, GA 30306. Parking along N. Highland or Los Angeles. Metered spaces are free on Sunday. Info: Amy Wells at 404-436-4522 or amyarmstrongmidwife -at- gmail -dot- com
July 23, Tuesday evening, Athens GA, Christian Harmony (2010) (7 shape) singing, 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
July 27, Saturday, 10:00 am, The Swannanoa Gathering Shape Note Singing, in the Morris Pavilion at Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC, near Asheville. Note that Morris Pavilion is an 'open air' pavilion, but is shaded and used for classes taught during the summer. Dress to stay cool and bring your hand fans! Singing from The 1991 Sacred Harp, The Christian Harmony (2010 edition) and The Southern Harmony. Directions: http://www.christianharmony.org/harmony/directions/WWC.html Info: Sarah Kehrberg smkehrberg -at- gmail -dot- com
July 28, 4th Sunday, 10:00 am, Mount Zion Memorial, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 49 N Prospect Ave, Mt Zion, GA 30150, 8.5 miles west of Carrollton on Hwy. 16. In Mt Zion, turn north on N. Prospect. The church is on the right, just after the school.
July 28, 4th Sunday, 2:00 pm, Associated Note Singers (7 shape gospel), The Center, 985 Oakland Dr SW, Atlanta GA 30310, (404) 758-1132
Shape Note Singing Camps this summer:
Youth Emphasis: July 1–5, 2019, Camp Lee, Anniston, Alabama
Camp Doremi (7 shapes)
August 15 - 18, 2019, Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, North Carolina
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