Iowa All-Day Singing - April 19, 2014, at Grinnell,
singing will be held in Grinnell, Iowa, at either the church
at the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds on the south edge of town
(where we sang last year) or at the UCC church on Broad
Street. Both are easy to find and great places to sing!
a.m. - 3:30 p.m., with Dinner on the Grounds at noon.
All are welcome, regardless of experience, at any time during
the day. Loaner books will be available.
info will be posted as it becomes available.
you CAN be sure of is that we will sing and you will be very
welcome to join us!
Third Saturdays in Cedar Rapids
Every Sunday in Fairfield
Rapids: Third Saturdays - 1-3 p.m. - Kenwood Park
United Methodist Church, 175 34th St. NE in Cedar Rapids.
The church is set well back from the street. Both the
entrance and a deep parking lot (accessible from 34th St.) are on
the north side of the church. Books provided. All are
welcome; no experience is required. Please bring a snack to
share, if you can. And bring a friend, too! Info: Gaile or Bryan.
Sunday - location varies. Info: Jennifer Hamilton, email or (641)
All-day Singings in the Midwest:
(Click here for a complete, international
listing of annual singings. And if you need more
contact info for any of the singings below, drop me a note.)
Saturday before Second Sunday (2/8) - Minnesota Cooper Book
Singing - 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. - Celtic Junction, 836 N. Prior Ave.,
St. Paul, MN. Info: Denise Kania, 651-699-4306 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Third Sunday (2/16) - Lincoln's Birthday Singing - Ida Noyes
Hall, University of Chicago, Chicago IL. 1:00 PM. Info: Cathryn
First Sunday and Saturday before (3/1 and 3/2) - Ohio State
Convention - The Little Red Schoolhouse, 8100 Given Road,
Cincinnati Info: John Bealle.
Second Sunday and Saturday Before (3/8 and 3/9) - Missouri
State Convention, St.
John's United Church of Christ, Pinckney MO - Hwy 94, 11.5 miles
Marthasville. Info: Paul Figura, (314) 962-4870, stlfasola -at-
Saturday before Fourth Sunday (3/22) - Higher Ground Singing -
Centenary United Methodist Church, 301 N. 7th Street, Terre
Haute IN. Info: Darrell Swarens.
Saturday before Fourth Sunday - Pittsburgh Regional Singing -
Franklin Park Baptist Church, 2470 Nicholson Rd., Sewickley PA.
Info: Gerald Hoffman email@example.com
or (814) 734-5950.
Saturday Before First Sunday (4/5) - Saint Vincent of Lerins
Antiochian Orthodox Church, 51st and Lake Streets, Omaha NE.
Info: Cindy Meserez
Saturday Before Third Sunday (4/19) - Iowa All-Day Singing,
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Regular Local Singings in other
for information about regular monthly singings in other
Madison, WI: First and third Sundays - 3-5 p.m. -
Grace Episcopal Church Guild Hall, 116 W. Washington Ave.
these Links for more information
about Sacred Harp singing.
What is Sacred Harp singing?
Also known as "shapenote" or "fasola"
singing, you can think of it as Do-It-Yourself Choral
Singing for those who just love to sing, beginners and
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
Though most of the song texts are
based on religious themes and psalms, Sacred Harp
singings have long served as catalysts for
non-sectarian community building, whatever the
backgrounds or beliefs of the participants.
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.
Certainly, it is a whole lot of fun.
Who to contact in Iowa?
I'm always happy to chat about Sacred Harp
and help folks get in touch with other singers. Please
feel free to contact me about that or to submit additional
information (or corrections) for this page by email or snailmail.