Category Archives: Singing Reports

Reports from Sacred Harp singings, singing schools, and tours.

Sacred Harp’s (All-)California Dreaming

On the weekend of January 16–17, 2016, an enthusiastic crowd of singers gathered in Poway, California, for the 28th All-California Sacred Harp Singing Convention. Poway, known as the “City in the Country,” is centrally located in San Diego County. The … Continue reading

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Regional Roots: Growing Sacred Harp in the Netherlands, Alaska, and British Columbia

Introduction Sacred Harp’s first wave of expansion beyond the southern United States was boosted by the dedication of dozens of long-time southern singers who traveled repeatedly to sing with newcomers across the country. These emissaries exemplified the sincere fellowship and … Continue reading

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406 and More, in Sweden

“Zack, I’ll never forget this as long as I live,” declared fellow singer Steve Schmidgall as our group turned to acknowledge the applause of the smiling crowd that had stopped to listen to this strange music we were singing in … Continue reading

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Old Strings on a New Harp

On Valentine’s Day, 2015, over one hundred people gathered at Cannon Chapel on the Emory University campus in Atlanta, Georgia, to celebrate the publication of the new Centennial Edition of Joseph Stephen James’s Original Sacred Harp, the 1911 precursor of … Continue reading

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Fasola Kids: Camp for a Recently Forged Singing Family

We begin below with a little bit of what the Youth Emphasis session of Camp Fasola 2014 meant to our kids, Faiz (9) and Cora (7), in their own words. After their account, we offer some thoughts on our experience … Continue reading

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A Long Time Traveling: A Sacred Harp Tour to the UK Convention, Camp Fasola Europe, and the Poland Convention

Fourteen eager travelers met at the Atlanta Airport on Thursday, September 18, 2014, to begin a thirteen-day adventure that included the nineteenth annual UK Sacred Harp Convention, the second Camp Fasola Europe, and the third annual Poland Sacred Harp Convention. … Continue reading

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Traveling South (South Germany, That Is): Introducing Sacred Harp in a One-day Workshop

Although singers in Germany have been traveling between Frankfurt, Bremen, and Hamburg for some time now, the first opportunity to venture further south was presented to us in the autumn of 2014, when Andreas Ebert, director of the St. Martin … Continue reading

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Come Sound His Praise Abroad: A Report on the First Germany Sacred Harp Convention

Editor’s Note: On the first Sunday in June and the Saturday before, Germany joined the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Poland as the fourth European country to hold an annual Sacred Harp convention. Sacred Harp singings have been held in Germany … Continue reading

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“Oh, What a Happy Time”: The NEA National Heritage Fellows Concert in Washington D.C.

What are your hobbies? What are you passionate about? I bet most of you will say sports, reading, or cooking, right? Well, for me and many others, music is a passion—but not just any music: Sacred Harp singing. This tradition … Continue reading

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“Take My Staff and Travel On”: A Sacred Harp Journey

Have you ever wondered how many people sing Sacred Harp? Even though I have no idea what the exact number is, I am amazed by how many people around the world share the experience of this music. Each of these … Continue reading

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Road Trip to Roberta

I recently was invited to ride with the world-renowned duo of Hugh McGraw and Charlene Wallace to Oscar McGuire’s monthly singing school down in Roberta, Georgia. No Sacred Harp singer in their right mind would pass up such an opportunity, … Continue reading

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A Hollow Square in My Homeland: Bringing Camp Fasola to Poland

The United Kingdom Sacred Harp Convention Friday, September 14. I made it to England! London Luton Airport. Wizz Air, a cheap carrier, of course. I learned a new American slang word when a friend from the United States laughed at … Continue reading

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