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David Wright of Seattle, Leading on Sunday


This website contains information about shape note (Sacred Harp) singing in Hyde Park and throughout the Chicagoland area.

Upcoming Singings:

(This area is for the next annual singing and/or special workshops and such. For our regular weekly and monthly singings, please click the Calendar of local singings link below. For a list of all our annual singings, please click the Calendar of annual singings link below.)

32nd Annual Chicago Anniversary Singing

Sunday, January 8, 2017 9:30am – 3:30pm

Kilbourn Park Fieldhouse

3501 N. Kilbourn Ave., Chicago

Dinner “on the grounds” at noon (local singers please bring a dish to share).

We will sing from the 1991 Denson Sacred Harp, loaners available.

For more information or if you need housing, contact Terry Cunningham tcunningham531@gmail.com

Shapenote Singing Workshops and Social

Join us for an afternoon of Sacred Harp Singing workshops on Saturday, January 7 at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox, Chicago, starting at 12:25 pm. There will be two “tracks” of three workshop choices each, one more basic and one more advanced.

We are very pleased to offer a fine, nationally known group of workshop leaders!

Aldo Ceresa of New York City, a highly-rated teacher at the US Camp Fasola and European Camp Fasola, will lead the first two beginning sessions (time, tune, accent) and then move to the more advanced session to lead "I never Will Unloose My Hold". Dan Hunter from Pennsylvania, a leader of the Shenandoah Harmony tunebook publishers, will lead an appreciation of the tunes of the recently deceased John Bayer of Ohio. Anne Heider of Evanston, renowned classical choral director, will lead the 3rd session of the beginning track and help newer singers put the Sacred Harp rudiments into practice. Marcia Johnson, after years of coaxing, has finally agreed to lead a session reflecting on the earliest days of Sacred Harp Singing in Chicago and the Midwest!

Registration will take place in the Fifth Province Room on First Floor (where the Midwest Convention is held), before splitting into separate rooms. The schedule is as follows:

Registration and Refreshments: 12:25 pm

Opening Greeting: 12:40 pm

First Sessions: 12:50pm

First Recess: 2:00 pm

Second Sessions: 2:10

Second Recess: 3:20 pm

Third Sessions: 3:30 pm

Final Gathering and Picture: 4:40 pm

Concludes 4:50 pm

Free parking in the lot and on-street. THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THE EVENT BUT WE WILL PASS THE HAT TO HELP DEFRAY EXPENSES.

Following the workshops there will be a Pizza Social Saturday evening at the home of Kris Richardson, 4515 N Monticello (about 1.5 miles from Irish American), time to be announced.

This is a great way to prepare and get in the spirit for the Anniversary Singing the following day at the Kilbourn Park fieldhouse!

For more info or housing contact Terry Cunningham, tcunningham531@gmail.com or 217-972-4250.