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Shape Note Sing

Sunday, January 24, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
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Jam Session

We’re just over a month away from the Annual NC Sacred Harp Convention (March 5, 2016), and this Shape Note Sing session will be a great opportunity to practice, or to get aquainted with the music if you’ve never sung shape note music before. 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.

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. 

The Shape Note Singers were recognized by the City of Raleigh with an award in 2015 for helping to educate people in the community about this unique art form.


Sunday, January 24, 2016
3:00 pm
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Chapel in Mordecai Historic Park
Cedar Street and Wake Forest Road
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