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Shape Note Sing

Sunday, March 27, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
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Jam Session

The Annual NC Sacred Harp Convention has come and gone, but local singers still gather twice a month in the Triangle to share the music and fellowship of the Shape Note Sing. No prior experience is necessary to participate – beginners and experienced singers are all welcome. Singers in this tradition sing a cappella (without accompaniment) and sit arranged by vocal part in a “hollow square,” facing one another across the square and taking turns at leading.

PLEASE NOTE: This month’s Raleigh meeting has been moved to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, as the Mordecai Chapel is not available. Participants will meet in UUFR’s Clara Barton Room, which is on the top floor of the older building (Peace Hall), on the western side of the property. Parking is in the upper level parking lot. Directions and parking information for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Shape note singing began in Protestant churches in New England in America’s early years, and it survived in the rural South and became recognized as an American art form in the 1960s. Sacred harp singing is another name for this style, refering to vocal chords; early practitioners of this musical style viewed vocal cords as the only instrument necessary. An 1844 songbook is titled Sacred Harp, which gives the music its name and helped spread it by using shapes (triangle, circle, square and diamond) to help singers identify the four notes used in each song. 


Sunday, March 27, 2016
2:00 pm
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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh
3313 Wade Ave
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