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Free Shape Note Singing Event!

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Free Shape Note Singing Event!

Time: April 30, 2011 from 9:30am to 3pm
Location: The Village Ballroom
Street: 700 NE Dekum St.
City/Town: Portland, OR
Website or Map: http://www.portlandsacredharp…
Event Type: free, music, singing, ne
Organized By: Portland Sacred Harp
Latest Activity: Apr 26, 2011

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Portland Sacred Harp's



No experience is required at this free community shape note singing event. We sing from The Sacred Harp, a songbook continuously in print and in use since 1844. This American folk tradition of unaccompanied 4-part harmony singing is spirited, exuberant, and LOUD.

Doors open at 9:00AM, and then we'll sing from 9:30AM-3:00PM, with a break at noon for a free potluck lunch. Participants may come and go throughout the day as they please. All ages are welcome, though childcare will not be provided. Songbooks will be available to borrow for the day or purchase for $20. Come sing with us!


For more information, including photos and sound samples, please visit: portlandsacredharp.org


Questions? Email: poshchair@gmail.com

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Comment by Eleanor on April 26, 2011 at 1:52pm
This Thursday, April 28th, there will be a "Sacred Harp 101" singing (in the Kennedy School community room from 7-9pm) that's especially geared to beginning singers. It'd be a great opportunity to get some experience before the All-Day Singing this Saturday, at the Village Ballroom. Come find me there and I'll teach you the shapes!
Comment by Eleanor on March 29, 2011 at 5:25pm

Yes! Anyone is welcome to just listen. But you probably will be gently encouraged to join in, and, if you want to try it out, there will be plenty of friendly people eager to help you learn.

As long as you recognize the event isn't intended to be a performance, feel free to do as much or as little as you feel comfortable with.

Comment by Angela Higgins on March 29, 2011 at 5:04pm
This looks awesome! I heard some Shape Note singers at Kennedy School a few years back. Blew my mind -- so beautiful. Is it ok just to go and listen?
Comment by Eleanor on March 29, 2011 at 3:06pm

If you're curious about Sacred Harp (Shape Note) singing (maybe you saw it in the movie Cold Mountain), then this is the best way to find out what it's all about.

Or maybe you've never heard of Sacred Harp, but just have an urge to SING. This isdefinitely for you. You can be lead soprano of the Portland Opera, or you can be the kid who was asked to only mouth along when the class sang the national anthem-- either way you can sing and LOVE this music.

Hope to see you there!

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