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Shape Note Sing

Sunday, June 28, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
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No prior experience is necessary to participate in the Shape Note Sing – 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 earlier this year for helping to educate people about this unique art form.


Sunday, June 28, 2015
2:00 pm
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Historic Chapel at Mordecai Historic Park
1091 Wake Forest Road
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