January 2013 Singing ~ Upcoming SHD Singings ~ Online Resources ~ Sacred Harp Singing Defined ~ Regular Michigan Singings ~ Regular Ontario Singings ~ BBC R4 Documentary ~ Sacred Harp Quotations

Sacred Harp Detroit
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Sunday, the 27th of January, 2013
1080 West Auburn Road
Rochester Hills, Michigan 48307

Please Note That This is a New Location.

Free parking is available across Auburn Road at the Rick Young Insurance Agency. Please be careful crossing the road.


Upcoming Scared Harp Detroit Singings

Sacred Harp Detroit's February singing will be from 2-5pm on Sunday, the 24th of February and the March singing will be from 2-5pm on Sunday, the 24th of March.

Please confirm dates, times, and locations by calling (313) 355-0367 or visiting our facebook page before traveling, especially if you are coming any significant distance.

The 2013 schedule is available here and these dates can be penciled into your planner now to block out the times for the year.

Please spread the word about Sacred Harp Detroit among your friends and relations that may be interested and encourage them to do the same!

Sacred Harp Online Resources

The Sacred Harp Singers of Cork seem to be the single best quality source for Sacred Harp video and audio.  A twitterer (tweeter?) recently said that the quality of their videos was "Making it way easier to convert my friends to singing."

Sacred Harp Videos is a also a very good source of, well, Sacred Harp videos, as is the bigglorries youtube channel.

A guilty pleasure is Constantin Dorsch's sound cloud page. Herr Dorsch is a violinist and plays all four parts of a set of eight Sacred Harp tunes. It is a different experience from hearing them sung but worth a listen. 86 Poland is austere and powerful.

For about half of the songs in The Sacred Harp, 1990  Sacred Harp Bremen has lyrics and computer-generated sound files for the each part and for all parts together. You can listen to these online or download them. They also have links to videos of the songs being sung and a readable image of the score from The Sacred Harp. This is a great resource for learning new songs. While the site is in German it is not too hard to figure out what's what, or you can have translate.google.com translate it for you into English or anything else you might be comfortable with.

 Sacred Harp Singing Defined

"Sacred Harp singing is a community musical and social event emphasizing participation, not performance, where people sing from a tunebook called The Sacred Harp, printed in music notation using four shaped notes. Since the nineteenth century, Sacred Harp singings have employed a distinctive ‘hollow square’ seating arrangement and rotation of leaders; they begin each song with solmization followed by one or more verses of text." - Dr. Warren Steel.

Dr. Steel also notes the music’s unique sound and the core practices of a communal meal and the forgoing of “contentious discussion of politics and denominational religion.”

Regular Michigan Singings

Ann Arbor
2nd Sundays 2-5pm
4th Sundays 2-5pm
East Lansing
1st & 3rd Tuesdays 7-9pm
3rd Sundays 4-6 pm

Regular Ontario Singings

2nd Sundays 7-9pm
3rd Fridays 7-9pm
Last Sundays 2:30pm
8:30-9:30 Various Tuesdays
3rd Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm

Listen to BBC's Sacred Harp Documentary

Last December BBC Radio 4 broadcast The Songs of the Sacred Harp a short documentary in which "Cerys Matthews visits Alabama to uncover a sacred choral tradition. Widely practiced before the American Civil War, Sacred Harp singing is currently experiencing a global resurgence."
If you weren't able to listen to it for the week or so that it was available online from the BBC, you can now listen to it here.

Sacred Harp Quotations

"The Sacred Harp book is a ticket to a community." Barton Creeth's friend.

"If there is anything I learn from singing Sacred Harp, it's to make mistakes joyfully." Clarissa Fetrow.

“People may say I can’t sing, but nobody will say I didn’t sing.” Unknown.

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