Bring your kids. Bring snacks. Sacred Harp is a tradition build on community so feel free to just come to listen. You don't need to read music. Shape note singing was started to help people sing easily and without prior experience. Instruction is provided shape note singing and instruction is for all ages. We use the Denson 1991 book, but have loaners and extra for sale if you are interested.
We meet the 3rd Saturday of every month, from 3 - 5 PM. 2207 W. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix AZ. Our Leader Patrick also leads a Gregorian chant Group on the second Sunday of the month.
2207 West Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85015, United States
623-313-7496 Call for directions, Other ways to contact us; email Patrick at organistAL @ AOL.COM or fill in the 'Drop us a Line' section. Loaner books available or $25 to buy.
You will notice that much of the music has religious inspired lyrics. This is reflective of the times in which the songs were sung, during early American history.
Don't be afraid to explore the lyrics of the songs. For example # 242, " Ode on Science" reflect joyous celebration. Written just 2 years after the American Revolution ended, it celebrates this nation's new freedom.
Certainly this is for your safety and the enjoyment of the sing. Masks are not required at this time, but are recommended if you have not been vaccinated. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of your loved ones. Go to the following website for current information on Covid-19 status in Maricopa County. https://www.mar
Certainly this is for your safety and the enjoyment of the sing. Masks are not required at this time, but are recommended if you have not been vaccinated. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of your loved ones. Go to the following website for current information on Covid-19 status in Maricopa County. https://www.maricopa.gov/5460/Coronavirus-Disease-2019
There is no need to RSVP for our sings, and we have loner books (Densen edition) for your use, which are also available to purchase for $25. Unless you arrive more than 15 minutes early (which is not encouraged!), please come on in without knocking or ringing the bell. We'll start singing promptly at 3:00 and break for refreshments after an hour. Several of us typically go out for dinner afterward; stick around if you would like to join us.
Finally, please stay home if you're sick or have been in close contact with anyone with COVID or flu symptoms.
Loaner books are available as well as available to purchase.
Email or call Patrick for details on directions.
Phone is 623-313-7436
Email address is
Here are several sites and resources:
Sacredharpbremen.org is a site that allows you to play just your part and learn songs. It is a German site but on the home page, click 'English" and then 'Lieder'. The songs are listed in numerical order. The parts are done robotically, still you can follow in the book and learn the part f
Here are several sites and resources:
Sacredharpbremen.org is a site that allows you to play just your part and learn songs. It is a German site but on the home page, click 'English" and then 'Lieder'. The songs are listed in numerical order. The parts are done robotically, still you can follow in the book and learn the part fairly easily. No book? Click on the link 'Notes' at the bottom of the parts player.
That will take you to the song as it appears in the Sacred Harp book.
Check out Sacred Harp Lyrics at @antioch277 on Twitter.
Check out FasolaMix for iOS mobile devices at the app store.
Check out the many Facebook Sacred Harp or Shape Note singing groups --or read blogs below to learn more.
There are several resources to help you learn to sing. Check these out.
This site has a computer generated model that will sing through all the songs in the 1991 edition of the commonly used songbook, Sacred Harp, by Dennison. The site is in German, however the songs are listed by title and number and sung in English, a wonderful on line resource.
For Moble Apple devices only, this app called FasolaMix is a great resource. It allows you to mute the other parts and practice you own or hear all at once. Although it has a limited number of songs, it is adding to them continually. It is also based on the 1991 edition of Dennison's Sacred Harp songbook. There is a cost, the app is $14.99 however I believe well worth it.
Attending a sing and just practicing is the best way to learn. Our sings are non-judgmental and based on having fun in the experience. We are happy to run parts and no one is an expert, we are all there to enjoy the songs and each other.
You can find a local sing as you travel and attend. Go to fasola.org to locate a sing near you. You can also find resources, such as a link to the Smithsonian Institute singing guide for shape note singing, the movie 'Awake My Soul' about Sacred Harp.
Masks are not required, but recommended if you have not been vaccinated, care for an immunosuppressed individual, or elderly, chronically ill person.
1 Do I have to know how to read music?
No. The best way to learn is to come to the sings and sit next to someone to follow along on your part.
2 What if I don't know what part I sing?
Start by sitting with the tenors. They carry the melody so its easier to follow along.
3 Why do you sit in a square?
Lots of factors. Early churches and meeting halls used a square formate for attendees. Men and women were normally separated but in Sacred harp the place to sit is determined by part.
4 Do I have to sing to come? Can I just come to listen?
No and Yes. You don't have to sing, It may be uncomfortable for you to start singing right off. So come to listen and get comfortable. Eventually you will want to join in, I am sure!
4 Do I have to own a book?
No, loaner books are available.
5 Does it cost money to attend or is there a fee to join your organization?
No, This event is free. There is no cost to join us.
6 Do I have to stay the whole time?
No. We would love you to join us for the entire singing, however you can come and go as needed.