WHO: Sacred Harp singing is a participatory activity where all are welcome! No experience necessary.
WHAT: Sacred Harp Singing - Learn how to sing in this unique tradition or share your passion for Sacred Harp singing with others.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The schedule will be as follows:
6:30pm-6:45pm | Singing school lesson covering the basics of Sacred Harp Singing for beginners
6:45pm-7:15pm | Singing
7:15pm-7:30pm | Recess (bring a small refreshment to share!)
7:30pm-8:15pm | Singing
WHERE: The Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell. Singings will be held in Pradat Hall in Miller Commons at Camp McDowell (105 DeLong Road, Nauvoo, AL 35578).
DIRECTIONS: Once you enter Camp McDowell, take the first left on All Saints Road. Pradat Hall is the first building on your right side.
HOW: Click here to stay connected with this event on the Alabama Folk School Facebook page.
ABOUT SACRED HARP
The Sacred Harp was first published in 1844, but comes from an older tradition of shape-note singing, a practice which evolved out of the desire to teach early Americans how to sing. Like most choral traditions, Sacred Harp music is written in four parts: bass, tenor, treble, and alto. Unlike many other choral traditions, men and women "share" many of the parts--most notably the tenor or lead line, also known as the melody. From "Amazing Grace" (known as "New Britain" in The Sacred Harp) to "Wayfaring Stranger", dozens of contemporary religious and folk songs can find trace their lineage through The Sacred Harp.
"Practice" singings—as opposed to convention or all-day singings—are usually held on a monthly basis. A typical practice singing may include a singing school beforehand, which teach individuals not only about how to sing, but will also teach about the history and culture of Sacred Harp Singing.
SACRED HARP IN WALKER-WINSTON COUNTIES
We are proud to announce the return of a monthly practice Sacred Harp singing to the Walker-Winston County area, hosted by the Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell.
Singers, hymn and tune writers, and singing school teachers across Walker and Winston County played a crucial role in the development of The Sacred Harp, particularly in the early 20th century. Today, you can visit a monument honoring the Denson Brothers--the "patriarchs of north Alabama Sacred Harp music"--outside the Winston County Courthouse in Double Springs, only ten miles from Camp McDowell.
Today, singings take place not only across Alabama and the greater Southeast, but in places as far reaching as the Pacific Northwest, New England, Poland, Australia, and Japan. We're proud that a tradition so essential to the historic culture of the greater Walker-Winston County area is now enjoyed the world over.
Artwork: Ethel Wright Mohamed Needlework, "Sacred Harp Singing"