Triangle Shape Note Singers Earn Outstanding Group Project Award from City of Raleigh


Pictured from left to right: Shape Note singers: Julie Kemper, Brad Hunnicutt, and Lynda Hambourger with Raleigh City Council Member John OdomLast month, the Triangle Shape Note Singers were honored with an Outstanding Group Project Award at a banquet hosted by the Historic Resources and Museums (HRM) Program. 

The nomination for the group cited the important role they have filled in varoius programs at  Mordecai Historic Park over the past year, including their participation in events such as “Fall Back in Time” and “Mordecai Holidays.” 

The rest of the nomination reads:

"In addition to helping with special events, the Triangle Shape Note Singers volunteer to sing every fourth Sunday of the month in St. Mark’s Chapel at Mordecai Historic Park.  Mordecai refers to the monthly event as Sacred Harp Sunday, because the group sings hymns from The Sacred Harp, a shape note songbook originally printed in 1844. Shape note singing is a fascinating cultural and religious tradition that was particularly popular in rural churches in the South during the nineteenth century. The musical style, however, is not widely known today. Shape note is an a capella style of singing with a particular drive and rhythm that is not recognizable to modern ears—it’s noticeable that the sound comes from an earlier time and in order to know shape note singing it must be experienced.  Therefore, in addition to giving their time, the Singers are volunteer educators who provide a fascinating link to the past through song, demonstration, and instruction."

The Shape Note Singers sing the fourth Sunday of each month at the Mordecai Historic Chapel from 2-4 p.m. and the second Sunday of each month at the First Presbyterian Church in Duhram. Shape Note singing is a unique form of a cappella singing, in which singers sit in a hollow square, arranged by vocal part. No experience is necessary to participate, and it's free to attend!

The HRM is a program within the City of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department. The HRM Program manages programs and operations at Mordecai Historic Park, the City of Raleigh (COR) Museum, the Raleigh Trolley, the Pope House, the Latta House and University Site, the Borden Building, Fred Fletcher Amphitheater and Stone Circle at Fletcher Park, the Tucker House, Chavis Amusements, and Pullen Park Amusements. The awards banquet was held on April 23, 2015. (Photo, left to right: Shape Note singers Julie Kemper, Brad Hunnicutt, and Lynda Hambourger with Raleigh City Council Member John Odom.) 

Learn more about Shape Note Singing

Visit the Shape Note Singers website

Recent News & Observer article about Shape Note Singers

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