Try it; you'll like it.

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.)

Ted Mercer Memorial Singing

Dear Sacred Harp Friends

We will hold a memorial singing for the irreplaceable and irrepressible Mr. Ted Mercer on Saturday, October 15, from 10 am to 3 pm at Kilbourn Park Fieldhouse, 3501 N. Kilbourn Avenue, in Chicago. Lunch will be served -- there is no need to bring potluck dishes. Ted's brothers and his sister-in-law will attend.

A couple of things to note:

We will sing from both the 1991 Denson Revision of the Sacred Harp (red book) and the Shenandoah Harmony, since Ted loved both. And Judy Hauff has graciously agreed to lead "Chelton," a lovely tune she composed for Ted years ago. A file of the sheet music is attached in case you want to practice singing it before the event.

As we did for the Midwest Convention, we ask that attendees present a vaccination record, which can be done in advance by e-mailing a scan of your vax card to Please do not attend if you are sick or unvaccinated.

A few people will give short eulogies at different times during the singing. There will be time at the end of the event for others to share Ted stories and memories.

The weather is often delightful in mid-October, but I make no promises. Please join us in remembering our dear friend -- and unwavering promoter of Sacred Harp everywhere -- on October 15 in Chicago.


Lisa Grayson