A Calendar of Annual Singings in the Chicago Area
These are the annual singings that regularly occur in the Chicago area. To find out more, try our email list.
Chicago Anniversary Singing
This singing is held on the second Sunday in January of every year. We sing from the 1991 Denson Sacred Harp.
For 2019: Chicago Anniversary: January 13, 2019, Kilbourn Park Fieldhouse, 3501 N Kilbourn Ave, Chicago IL 60641 – 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Singing school on the Saturday before (January 12), Berry United Methodist Church, 4754 N Leavitt, Chicago, IL – 12:40 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., followed immediately by evening social at 4515 N Monticello; Co-Chairs Anne Heider and Steve Warner
Lincoln's Birthday Singing
This singing is held on a Saturday in February in conjunction with the University of Chicago Folk Festival. We sing from the 1991 Denson Sacred Harp and offer a workshop to teach new singers a little about singing sacred harp music.
For 2019: date to be announced
The Midwest Convention
This singing is held on the second fifth Sunday and the Saturday before, unless that would put it into June. To avoid June in Chicago, if the second fifth Sunday is then, the Midwest is the last Sunday in May and the Saturday before. Effectively, this means that the singing is usually Memorial Day weekend but sometimes it winds up being the last weekend in April. We sing from the 1991 Denson Sacred Harp and the Shenandoah Harmony.
For 2019: May 25-26, 2019, Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Weekend. Co-Chairs Eileen Ferguson and David Barford
Future dates for planning ahead:
2020: May 30-31, We have had to cancel the convention due to COVID19
2021: May 29-30, Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Weekend
2022: May 28-29, Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Weekend
2023: April 29-30, 5th Sunday in April and the Saturday before
Cooper Book Singing
This singing is held on the Saturday before the second Sunday in August. We sing from the 2012 edition of "THE SACRED HARP, Revised Cooper Edition".
For 2019: August 10, 2019. Chair and location to be announced.