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, with singing school on the Saturday before (January 12); Co-Chairs Anne Heider and Steve Warner

Lincoln's Birthday Singing

This singing is held on a Sunday 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 25-25, 2019, Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Weekend. Co-Chairs Eileen Ferguson and David Barford

Future dates for planning ahead:

2020: May 30-31, 5th Sunday in May and the Saturday before

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 either the last Saturday or the last Sunday in July. We sing from the 2012 edition of "THE SACRED HARP, Revised Cooper Edition".

For 2019: date to be announced

Fox Valley Folk Festival

This singing is held on Sunday of Labor Day Weekend in conjunction with the Fox Valley 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: September 1, 2019

Hyde Park All-Day Singing

This singing is held on the Saturday before the first Sunday in November. We sing from the 1991 Denson Sacred Harp and the Missouri Harmony.

For 2018: Sat., Nov 3rd 9:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Quaker House, 5615 S. Woodlawn, Chicago, Illinois Info: Jim Helke, jchelke@gmail.com