Sacred Harp Singing in Ohio

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Welcome to the Ohio Sacred Harp homepage, the headquarters for Sacred Harp information in Ohio. Sacred Harp singing is traditional religious folk music sung a cappella (no instruments) in four parts from The Sacred Harp, a tunebook printed in shape notes. The book was originally compiled in 1844 and has been continuously in print since then. If you are new to Sacred Harp singing, feel free to drop by to listen or, better yet, to join in. Beginning singers are always welcome and musical reading ability is not a requirement. At a Sacred Harp singing, there is no admission charge, no choir director, no rehearsal, no performance, no membership - just singing that many describe as the most powerful, most intense musical experience of their lives. To find a group or event near you, follow the links below. You won't regret it; you won't forget it!

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Email list server for Ohio Sacred Harp singing

Local Singing Groups

Annual Singings

With Songs and Honors Sounding Loud: Ohio Sacred Harp Singing Convention, 12th Session, 2004 This 2-CD set is a professionally produced digital field recording of the 2004 Ohio Sacred Harp Singing Convention in Brookville, Ohio, chaired by Regina Bayer. The two dics contain 57 tracks of songs from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. The recordings present strong and spirited singing by a medium-sized group of skilled singers (with an outstanding bass section in many songs), with all four parts clearly captured by close-in miking. Most of the keying of songs was by Chicago singer and composer Judy Hauff. Recording and mastering were by Shawn Fenton. Notes (mostly a history of the Ohio convention and contact information) were by John Bealle, and Dore-inspired art was by Randy Mohr. There is a list of song leaders with the notes. The price is $15.00, plus $1.50. Add 50 cents for shipping for each additional set. Checks or money orders should be made out to Shawn Fenton and may be sent to him at 18 Sue Dr., Germantown, OH 45327-1624. For more information, write or e-mail Mr. Fenton at (change -at- to @ first).

The semiannual singing in Yellow Springs at the Friends Meeting House convened for (probably) the last time in October, 2003.

Special Singings

Other Fasola Links

Shape Note Singing in Neighboring States and Provinces

These are just the web sites that we are aware of -- there are many local singings without web sites.  A list of contacts for a number of local singings may be found at Warren Steele's site:

Site administration

Mail comments, questions and updates to Cleve Callison at (email address altered to foil spammers)
This page was revised by John Bealle on January 4, 2000 and maintained by Eric Conrad until March, 2004.
Last updated by Cleve Callison Jan 30, 2009