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 2017: Sun., Jan 8th 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Kilbourn Park Fieldhouse, 3501 N Kilbourn Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60641 Info: Terry Cunningham tcunningham531@gmail.com

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 2017: Sun., Feb 12th 1:00 4:00 p.m. University of Chicago Ida Noyes Hall Chicago, Illinois 60637 Info: Rochelle Lodder rclodder at gmail dot com

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 2017: Sat. & Sun., Apr. 29-30th -- Locations not yet announced -- Chicago, Illinois Info: Randy Neufeld & Susan Geil susan4868@gmail.com

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 2017: Sat., July 29th Wilson Abbey at: 935 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago, IL 60640 Info: Jim Helke, jchelke@gmail.com, 708-957-5117.

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 2017: Sun., Sept 3rd -- Pavilion on Island Park, Geneva, IL -- More info to follow.

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 2017: Sat., Nov 4th 9:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. 57th Street Meeting of Friends (Quaker House), 5615 S Woodlawn, Chicago, Illinois Info: Amrit Singh