Sacred Harp and Shape Note Singing

Sacred Harp Singing in Georgia, Convention 2019

The Lyndon House Arts Center welcomes the Sacred Harp Singing Convention on March 23rd from 9:30 - 3:00 pm.  The public is invited.  This event is free. FACEBOOK EVENT

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 a release for the spirit and a lot of fun.

The Atrium will be full with song, the seating arranged in the traditional square format with leaders directing the singing.  All are invited to listen from the Atrium Balcony or even join in.  The GA Conference sees up to 100 participants some traveling from as far as Europe.

Saturday, March 23rd, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm.  Please note there will be a break for the singers to have lunch mid way through the day.

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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.

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