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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.)

Ann Sleeva Memorial Cooper Book Singing

You are cordially and enthusiastically invited to the sixth annual Ann Sleeva Memorial Cooper Book Singing, which will be held, weather permitting, Sunday, August 1, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, in the backyard at Quaker House, located at 5615 S. Woodlawn in Hyde Park. Free street parking is available.

This will be our first in-person formal singing since Chicago and Illinois are fully opened from Covid-19 restrictions, so we and Quaker House are exercising an over-abundance of caution. Here are the main things you need to know.

We will be singing outdoors, masked, as a condition of our renting the space, unless the number of singers is small enough that we can maintain 6-ft distancing. Any decision to unmask will be by unanimous consent of those present.

Vaccinated and unvaccinated singers will be present. If the decision is made to relax the masking requirement, unvaccinated singers will remain masked, per City of Chicago guidelines.

The maximum capacity of the backyard is 25 singers.

We will break in the middle of the singing for light refreshments and snacks.

Quaker House is requiring us to name a Safety Officer who will

  1. Enforce social distancing while entering and exiting the yard;
  2. Enforce mask wearing when not distancing in the yard; and
  3. Collect contact tracing information on the form they provide and return the form to Quaker House where it will be maintained for 30 days before being shredded.

Because there is a capacity limit to the backyard, we ask that you please RSVP for this singing. Reservations will be on a first come, first served basis; so we will confirm your reservation when we receive it.

To RSVP and for further information, contact Mary Rogel at

Looking forward to singing with you! Stay safe and stay healthy!