Tag: Shape Note singing

  • 12 Things I Enjoy About Sacred Harp Singing

    The wooden room resounded with sound as a half-hundred people stomped their feet and industriously pumped their arms to accompany their singing. We sang from “The Sacred Harp,” a hymnal first published in 1844, with lyrics pining for the Promised Land and glory beyond. Back then, church singing was usually unaccompanied, nothing but voices lifted…

  • Shape Note Singing

    Today we’re off to an all-day Shape Note Sing in Berryville, VA. Shape Note singing was popular in the south, and was a standard in the churches, but went out of popularity sometime soon after the Civil War. ?Singing is unaccompanied, with the singers seated in a square, by parts, facing each other. ?The leading…