Buy yourself a copy of The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition songbook:
the best collection of sacred songs, hymns, odes, and anthems ever offered the singing public for general use.
Also available from the Sacred Harp Publishing Company
By Buell Cobb. Cobb’s acclaimed Sacred Harp memoir brings to life singers and singings of decades past with poignancy and wit. Audiobook features 6 CDs with a digital download and a booklet with preface, author notes, and photos. More info »
Edited by Joseph Stephen James. Centennial Edition edited by Jesse P. Karlsberg. Commemorative reprint of a much-loved 1911 historical edition of The Sacred Harp, with a new introduction on the book’s legacy and context. More info »
By Warren Steel with Richard Hulan. The long-awaited companion to The Sacred Harp, tracing the sources of every tune and text in our songbook, from the work of B. F. White and E. J. King to the contributions by various composers to the 1991 edition. More info »
By Chloe Webb. Curiosity about Webb’s grandmother’s tattered 1869 edition of The Sacred Harp songbook, sparked a quest to reconnect with Dumas family ancestors who composed, sang, and lived by the words of The Sacred Harp. More info »
Read The Sacred Harp Publishing Company Newsletter
The Newsletter features reports from Sacred Harp singings around the world, biographies of Sacred Harp singers, news, and other items.
- “Introduction,” Jesse P. Karlsberg
- “Raymond Cooper Hamrick, a Tribute,” Mary Brownlee
- “Raymond C. Hamrick’s Contributions to Sacred Harp Singing and Scholarship,” Jesse P. Karlsberg
- “The Twentieth Century Looks at William Billings,” Raymond C. Hamrick
- “The Curious History of Shape-Notes,” Raymond C. Hamrick
- “The Matter of Tempo in The Sacred Harp,” Raymond C. Hamrick
- “The Pitcher’s Role in Sacred Harp Music,” Raymond C. Hamrick and Ian Quinn
- “The Composer’s Debt to Shape-Notes,” Raymond C. Hamrick
- “Sojourn in the South: Billings Among the Shape-Noters,” Raymond C. Hamrick
- “The ‘Ins’ and ‘Outs’ of Revision,” Raymond C. Hamrick
- “‘My Interest Was in the Background of the Music’: Raymond C. Hamrick and Alan Lomax in Conversation,” Raymond C. Hamrick and Alan Lomax
- “The Making of The Georgian Harmony,” John Hollingsworth
- “Help Me to Sing: Raymond Hamrick as Composer and Teacher,” Shaun Jex
Online Exhibition: The United Sacred Harp Musical Association
Since its first session in Atlanta in 1905, the United Sacred Harp Musical Association, commonly known as the United Convention, has affected the form of The Sacred Harp and public consciousness of our traditions. The story of the United Convention—told here through recordings, photos, and more—offers a fascinating perspective on the history of Sacred Harp singing in the twentieth century and beyond.
Online Exhibition: The First National Sacred Harp Convention
Peruse documents, images, and recordings that tell the story of the first National Sacred Harp Singing Convention a new, four-day Sacred Harp convention held in June 1980 that honored the heritage of Sacred Harp tradition while celebrating the growth of new singing communities.