Sacred Harp Singing in Ohio
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 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. To find a group or event near you, follow the links below.
2017 Ohio State Convention
The 2017 Ohio State Convention is hosted by the Cincinnati Sacred Harp group and will take place at First Lutheran Church in downtown Cincinnati. Details to come soon.
Ohio Local Singing Groups
Ohio Annual Singings
Dayton Singing Radio Program
WYSO radio in Yellow Springs has produced a beautiful story on the Dayton singers. Listen to it here: http://wyso.org/post/dayton-sacred-harp-singers-0
Ohio Sacred Harp email list — This a yahoogroups email list that is the chief source of announcements for Ohio singings. There are also email lists for local groups that are described on their web sites. Anyone may join the email list—it is a low-traffic list devoted to announcements of events.
There have been several fine recordings of the Ohio State Convention made by Shawn Fenton of Dayton. The recordings present strong and spirited singing by a medium-sized group of skilled singers, with all four parts clearly captured by close-in miking. Recordings may be ordered or purchased at singing events (when available). All recordings are $15.00, plus $1.50 shipping. If ordering more than one, the postage for each additional unit will be 50 cents. 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 sfenton1-at-woh.rr.com.
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 local singings can be found at fasola.org and at Warren Steele's site http://home.olemiss.edu/~mudws/regular.html.
Mail comments, questions and updates to John Bealle at firstname.lastname@example.org. This page was created January 4, 2000 and has been maintained by Eric Conrad, Cleve Callison, and John Bealle.