Shape Note Singing

Every second Saturday in July, a unique and wonderful event occurs at the Folk School. Our annual Shape Note Singing draws singers from at least half a dozen states for a day of powerful vocal harmonizing. A hearty potluck is part of the festivities, with each singer bringing a covered dish to share. We sing from the Sacred Harp and Christian Harmony books. Originally published in 1866, William Walker’s Christian Harmony is the oldest seven shape collection to have remained in continuous use, primarily in Western North Carolina and North Georgia.

Be swept away by the power of Shape Note Singing!

Our 29th Annual Sing Happens on July 13, 2024

Join us this year on Saturday, July 13 for the 29th Annual Shape Note Singing. All will take place in Open House, the pavilion by the Folk School’s garden. Beginning at 9:00 a.m, there will be an introduction to singing Sacred Harp and Christian Harmony music for beginners. Some loaner books are available.

Singing: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Potluck dinner on the grounds at Noon

Come sing, learn the shapes, contemplate the poetry, and relish the power of voices raised together in song. These events welcome first-timer and experienced shape note singers to sing from the tune books Christian Harmony and The Sacred Harp. Experience the beauty of singing 4 parts unaccompanied. All shape note singings are free and open to the public.

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Recent Shape-Note Singing Recordings

Below, find a playlist of all our archived Shape-Note Singing events.
View all the videos on our YouTube channel.

Shape Note Singing: News & Stories

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Please contact T-claw Crawford for more information around Shape Note Singing.

The John C. Campbell Folk School

Music & Dance Events Coordinator

T-Claw Crawford

1.800.FOLK.SCH (365-5724)

Mailing Address
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

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