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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.)

38th Chicago Anniversary Singing

There will be an in person Chicago Anniversary singing on Sunday, January 8, 2023 and an afternoon of virtual workshops the day before.

Here are the details:

38th Chicago Anniversary Singing

Sunday, January 8, 2023, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

Kilbourn Park fieldhouse

3501 N Kilbourn, Chicago

Singing will be from the 1991 Denson revision of The Sacred Harp. Dinner on the grounds at 12 noon. Local singers please bring a large dish to share. All are welcome to sing or listen. We pass the hat to cover expenses.

Sunday's singing will be a Denson book singing, from the 1991 edition. Songbooks will be available to borrow or purchase.

Everyone should take a Covid antigen test within 24 hours. We'll have a few tests available onsite. Please don't come if you get a positive test result or have symptoms. Masks will be required to be worn except when eating and drinking.

Transportation to Kilbourn Park: The CTA Blue Line trains run in the Median of Interstate 90/94. The Addison station, which has an elevator, is 1.2 miles east of the park at 3622 west Addison. The Addison bus (#152) will be on a Sunday schedule, with buses about twenty minutes apart. All buses have step free access for disabled people. For drivers, on-street parking is available on Kilbourn.

We hope to see many of you there. Eileen Ferguson is the chair of the singing and will be looking for volunteers for the various tasks. She can be reached at

Chicago Winter Zoom Workshops Saturday January 7, 2023 - Noon until 3:00 pm

Session I Marcia and Ted Johnson, Founders and long time singers talk about their life with Sacred Harp singing. Ted is the composer of beloved Shapenote songs, including Boulder and New Agatite. Carl Foote recorded Marcia and Ted at home on December 27, Theo Economides edited the recording and added some of Ted's songs. Below are links to copies of the songs for you to print out and follow along.

New Agatite



Session II Aldo Ceresa, a music teacher and Shapenote composer from NYC. Aldo has taught Shape Note singing in Poland and at Camp Fasola, to name just two. His Shapenote Songs are published in the Shenandoah and Northern Harmony books. Aldo will be live on Zoom to talk about his work and travels, his past and new compositions. Theo will play recordings of some of Aldo's songs during the presentation. Below is a link to a packet of the songs that Aldo will be covering, for you to print out and follow along.

2023 Chicago Singing Workshop - Aldo's Song Packet

For the workshop sessions, please log in with your full name and city or state. Login information is below. If you want to add a name to the memorial list or the sick and shut-ins list for Sunday, type the name and state in a chat to Rochelle Lodder noted as MEMORIAL or SICK and SHUT_IN.

Here is the Zoom link for the event:

Topic: Chicago Anniversary Singing Workshop

Time: Jan 7, 2023 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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