Convenient walk from subway through lovely neighborhood. Fabulous acoustics. Snacks and Pot Luck supper, including vegetarian, by excellent, generous cooks. Iced drinks, hot water for instant coffee, decaf, and every possible tea.
What is Sacred Harp?
What is Shape Note/Sacred Harp singing? Think of it as Do-It-Yourself Choral Singing for those who just love to sing, beginners and proficientalike. It's egalitarian; everybody gets to pick a song and, if they want, lead it. It's learner-centered; the entire tradition is based on a book designed to teach people to read music and sing it.
The repertoire is vast: From ancient melodies to traditional folk, gospel, and hymn tunes to the soaring masterworks of Western hymnology. Though most of the song texts are based on religious themes and psalms, traditional "fasola" or "shape note"singings have long served as catalysts for non-sectarian community building, whatever the backgrounds or beliefs of the participants. We sing because we love to sing, and The Sacred Harp is a fabulous collection of music to sing from. It is not a religious service, although it is spiritually invigorating. Mostly it is a whole a lot of fun.
Other singings in the NYC Metro Area:
Manhattan Lower East Side Sing, every 1st Saturday at The Living Room (Ludlow St. between Stanton and Rivington)
The Manhattan Sacred Harp Sing, every 3rd Sunday at the Church of the Epiphany (York Ave. at 74th St.)
The Garden State Sing, every 4th Sunday in Montclair, NJ