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2020 Maine All-Day Singing Weekend: Saturday All-Day Sacred Harp Singing!

July 25, 2020, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

The Old Town House in Union, Maine
The Annual Maine All-Day Sacred Harp Singing is held in the Old Town House in Union, Maine. This historic building dates back to 1840.
The cover of a copy of The Sacred Harp tunebook with a page of music (the song Pilgrim's Farewell, page 185) overlaid across it. This is the tunebook we use most frequently at this Sacred Harp singing.
The Sacred Harp tunebook (1991 Denson edition). One of the tunebooks most commonly used for Sacred Harp singing.

Join us for three days of singing! The 18th Annual Maine All-Day Sacred Harp Singing forms the centerpiece of a joyous weekend of singing amidst the splendor that is summertime in Maine. The weekend begins on Friday evening in Bristol Mills with a chili supper & singing from “The Sacred Harp” (2012 Cooper edition), followed by our Maine All-Day Singing from “The Sacred Harp” (1991 Denson edition) in Union on Saturday, culminating with an All-Day Singing from “The American Vocalist” in Union on Sunday.

  • Saturday July 25th: 18th Annual Maine All-Day Sacred Harp Singing
    10am-3:30pm: All-Day Singing from “The Sacred Harp” (1991 edition),
    with dinner on the grounds at 12pm

    The Old Town House, 128 Town House Rd (Rte 235), Union, Maine 04862
    Followed by a social in South Bristol at the home of Robert & Elizabeth Stoddard.

For more information:

  • Chair of the Maine All-Day Singing: Rachel Taylor – [email protected]
  • For more information about singings in Maine: www.maineshapenotesinging.org
  • To join our email list-serv: [email protected]
  • To join our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/221036991368952/
  • Note: the Maine All-Day Singing Weekend is held annually on the 4th Sunday in July and the Friday & Saturday before.

    More about Sacred Harp singing:
    This is an open, participatory singing where all voices are welcome! No experience is expected or necessary – beginners and curious onlookers are warmly encouraged to join in. The tunebook we typically sing out of most often is “The Sacred Harp” 1991 Denson edition (and occasionally other tunebooks as well, including the 2012 Cooper Edition of “The Sacred Harp,” D.H. Mansfield’s “The American Vocalist,” and The Goshen Book – which are the four tunebooks we’ll be singing out of for the Maine All-Day Singing Weekend), with loaner copies of this tunebook available to use during the singing, as well as copies to purchase. First published in 1844 & periodically revised ever since, “The Sacred Harp” consists largely of early American devotional music, including hymns, fuguing tunes, anthems. This music that is written in 4-part harmony, notated in shape notes, and sung a cappella (without musical accompaniment). Also known as shape note music, Sacred Harp music comes out of a rich living tradition. Deeply rooted in the American South where it has been kept alive by generations of singing families, churches, and communities, Sacred Harp music and the love of singing it has spread across the country and around the world within the past 40 years. Come find out what it’s all about & experience the delight of singing in harmony among friends!
    For more information & resources about Sacred Harp music visit www.fasola.org.


The Old Town House (on Sat & Sun only)
128 Town House Rd (Rte 235)
Union, ME 04862 United States
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