Bloomington Sacred Harp

Shape note singing in and around Bloomington, Indiana since ~ 1978

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Regular Bloomington Singing – 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month

Hi! We’re a group of Sacred Harp singers in Bloomington, IN. Sacred Harp, or shape note singing, is a tradition that dates back to our country’s founding. We gather regularly to sing with and for each other, with no accompanying instruments. What does it sound like? Like nothing you’ve ever heard before. If you’re familiar with Bluegrass music, you may recognize some tunes like, “Wayfaring Stranger,” or hymns like “What Wondrous Love is This?” Tunes range in style from rousing and jubilent, to contemplative, to mournful. Ours is a tradition that emphasizes participation and we welcome you to come join us and, yes, we’ll loan you a book!

One more thing, you don’t need to have a trained or “good” voice, just the desire to sing and learn! The best way to get a crash course in Sacred Harp is to attend an All-Day Singing. Lucky for you, one is coming up soon

YES, we are meeting. Masks are optional, BUT do not come if you have flu symptoms or a fever. We can’t wait to see you!

The Rust Memorial All-Day Singing is Saturday, October 22nd at 600 West 6th St from 10am-3pm with a potluck dinner on the grounds around noon. We may not have access to a stove, so plan accordingly. There will be areas to plug in a crockpot. (It’s traditional for local singers to provide food for the out of town visitors.) We will be singing from the Red Book (1991) and Shenandoah Harmony. Loaners are available. A Social will follow the singing at the home of Barb Lund located at 520 West 6th St in Bloomington, Indiana. Please RSVP and share the event.

If you are a local singer, bring a dish of food to share at the potluck. It’s traditional to provide a hearty meal for those who travel to join us.

Bloomington singings are currently held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 7-9 PM at Fairview United Methodist (600 W 6th) in Bloomington, Indiana. Enter on the side door (basement) on the southeast side.

Loaner books are provided. We sing from both the 1991 revision The Sacred Harp and The Shenandoah Harmony. We even have some Cooper books we use periodically.

Two years ago, we sang at the Fountain Square Mall around Christmas time. Thanks to Randy West for the photos!

*Some photos posted by Ursula from our recent Rust Memorial All-Day Singing:
A few of us somehow still had voices after the 5-hour event!

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