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Portland 1st Sunday Sacred Harp Singing – TEMPORARILY CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19

January 3, 2021, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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.

We plan to resume singings as scheduled once it has been deemed safe to do so. To stay tuned for more info as things develop, please contact us at [email protected]


Join us at the Portland 1st Sunday Sacred Harp Singing on the 1st Sunday of the month, 2-5pm, at The New Church, 302 Stevens Ave, Portland, Maine. *See note below for schedule exceptions. FMI: email [email protected]  or call Elizabeth Stoddard at 617-797-7092.

More about singings

We welcome one and all to come sing with us from The Sacred Harp (1991 Denson edition). Don’t worry – no prior experience is necessary or expected, and beginners and curious onlookers are always warmly welcome. We also have loaner copies of this tunebook available to use during the singing, as well as copies to purchase. Feel free to bring a snack to share at the break if you’re so inclined.

The Sacred Harp consists largely of early American devotional music, including hymns, fugues, anthems, etc. Coming out of a rich and uniquely American tradition, this music is written a cappella (without musical accompaniment), notated in shape notes, and sung in 4-part harmony. The name ‘Sacred Harp’ refers to the human voice itself, and as such there are no harps or instruments involved. Come experience the delight of singing in harmony among friends! For more about Sacred Harp singing in Maine visit www.maineshapenotesinging.org (also on facebook). Another great resource is www.fasola.org.

*Note about schedule exceptions: the singing occurs every 1st Sunday except for the month of October due to a conflict with the New England Sacred Harp Convention.


Elizabeth Stoddard
[email protected]
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Submission notes
Recurs on the 1st Sunday of every month. Thanks.


The New Church
302 Stevens Ave
Portland,MEUnited States
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