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FYI: Shape Note Singing Class in Central Square

user 13542536
Cambridge, MA
Post #: 16
Learn a uniquely American tradition of sacred choral singing. This free six-week class uses "The Sacred Harp" as a text (they have plenty of extra copies on hand so you don't need to buy one yourself). I went to the first class last week and it was delightful. Feel free to join starting next week too! The more the merrier.


This Thursday Jan. 26 will begin a 6-week singing school in the heart of
Central Sq. Cambridge.

We will meet from 7-9pm and cover the rudiments of Sacred Harp singing
from the ground up. This would be a perfect place for beginners, or people who want to
grow as leaders. We will take things very slow and the atmosphere will be relaxed and
casual. Please pass the word around among your friends, and we'll hope for a
big crowd.

Here is the address -- 5 Magazine St in Central Sq. it is convenient
to the T and is located right where River St. and Western Ave come
together. The space is upstairs at First Baptist which is the large
red Gothic building directly across from the Starbucks!
user 13542536
Cambridge, MA
Post #: 17
What is Sacred Harp singing?­

Sacred Harp is a uniquely American tradition that brings communities together to sing four-part hymns and anthems. It is a proudly inclusive and democratic part of our shared cultural heritage.

Participants are not concerned with re-creating or re-enacting historical events. Our tradition is a living, breathing, ongoing practice passed directly to us by generations of singers, many gone on before and many still living.

All events welcome beginners and newcomers, with no musical experience or religious affiliation required — in fact, the tradition was born from colonial “singing schools” whose purpose was to teach beginners to sing and our methods continue to reflect this goal. Though Sacred Harp is not affiliated with any denomination, it is a deeply spiritual experience for all involved, and functions as a religious observance for many singers.

Sacred Harp “singings” are not performances. There are no rehearsals and no separate seats for an audience. Every singing is a unique and self-sufficient event with a different group of assembled participants. The singers sit in a hollow square formation with one voice part on each side, all facing inwards so we can see and hear each other. However, visitors are always welcome to sit anywhere in the room and participate as listeners.
A former member
Post #: 4
is this still going on?
user 13542536
Cambridge, MA
Post #: 21
Hi Yustina, I just saw your comment now. No, the class ended some time ago. But there are certainly other opportunities to try shape-note singing. There is a web page at Yale University that keeps a handy list of events all over New England. And there are other regular events in Newton and Brookline and Newbury as well.­
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