Local Singings in Georgia
There are several local shape-note singing groups in Georgia that meet four or more times a year for about 2 hours at a time. These singings are less formal than all-day singings. Since they meet frequently and tend to attract the same group of people each time, they offer an especially comfortable environment for practicing singing and leading skills. Newcomers are always welcome.
Albany Monthly Singing
These evening singings are held the third Saturday of every month except December, 6:00-8:00 pm, at St Paul's Episcopal in downtown Albany. Contact Trent before coming to verify the date because they occasionally have a schedule change. The group sings in the bell tower, so even with small numbers the volume is really big.
Book: 1991 Sacred Harp
For more information: Trent Peachey, peacheyboy1 -at- yahoo.com
Alpharetta S.O.F.A. Singing
These evening singings are held on the Friday before the third Sunday of September, October, February, and April, 7:30-9:30 pm, at Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Alpharetta, GA. (1991 Sacred Harp)
2011 dates: February 18, April 15, September 16, October 14
Book: 1991 Sacred Harp
Directions from Atlanta: Take Georgia Highway 400 to Exit 10, Old Milton Parkway. Go east on Old Milton for 2.6 miles. Turn left at the light onto Kimball Bridge Road. Go 0.2 miles. The church is on the left.
For more information: Faye Holbrook, (706) 636-1707
Athens Monthly Singing
The Athens monthly singing is one of two in the Athens area. (The other is in Ila; see below.) Singers meet at Athens First United Methodist Church each month (day varies) to sing from the 1991 Sacred Harp. The church is at 372 N. Lumpkin Street (the corner of Lumpkin and Hancock). Please follow entry directions posted on church doors facing Hancock Avenue.
For dates or more information: Please contact Shannon Primm at sprimm -at- yahoo.com or see the "Athens, Georgia Sacred Harp Sing" facebook group.
Atlanta's Biweekly Sacred Harp Singing
This singing is one of two inside the Atlanta perimeter. (The other is near Decatur; see below.) It meets the on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at Trinity Anglican Mission at 7:00 pm. Trinity Anglican Mission is off of Collier Rd on the Westside of Atlanta- 2270 Defoor Hills Road Northwest Atlanta, GA 30318. It is especially geared toward newer Sacred Harp singers (though we always have some experienced singers to help) and is a great setting to learn and practice unfamiliar songs.
For more information: contact Matt Hinton at mattandericahinton -at- yahoo.com, 404.918.4914 or John Kelso 678.668.5766 or join the "Atlanta's Biweekly Sacred Harp Singing" Facebook group. The location, address, and time is also posted on the upcoming singings page.
Decatur Monthly Shape Note Singing
Our informal First Thursday singing is a good place for beginners in the Atlanta area to learn this style of music. We begin at 7:30 with a brief explanation and a walk-through of Old Hundred, a tune familiar to many as the Doxology. Participants then take turns choosing songs from the Sacred Harp (1991 ed.) until 8:30. During a short break for refreshments, we pass out copies of An Eclectic Harmony, a shape note sampler book that includes several beloved late 19th century hymns. Singing continues from both books until 9:30. Songbooks are available to borrow, buy, or share.
We meet from 7:30 to 9:30 pm in the Emory Presbyterian Church fellowship building, 1886 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30307.
Directions: The church is 1/2 mile west of the intersection of Clairmont and North Decatur Road, on your right coming from Clairmont. Mapquest map
For more information: 404-892-6836 or email@example.com
Hoboken Monthly Singing
Hoboken is a small town in South Georgia near Waycross and the Okefenokee Swamp. This monthly singing is over 50 years old. Saturday before the third Sunday in each month, at Hoboken Elementary School, 7:00 pm. (Cooper book)
The Hoboken sing was featured as the cover story on the TBS Storyline program on 9/17/05. The TBS Storyline website has a video clip which introduces the 9/17 program, but it leaves you frustrated that you can't see the whole show.
Directions: Take 82 East to Hoboken to the second caution light. Turn left on Kelly. Cross R.R. tracks. Take second paved street to the left. Go to the end of the block. The school and parking are on the right.
For more information: David/Kathy Lee (912) 458-2493 or Clarke/Julie Lee (912) 458-2268 or Johnny/Delorese Lee (912) 458-2595.
Ila Monthly Singing
The Ila singing is one of two in the Athens area. Days and times vary. Check the upcoming singings page for this month's details. Held at the home of John and Elsie Hollinsgworth near Ila, (706) 789-3916. Singing is from Christian Harmony (2010 revision, loaners provided) and 1991 Sacred Harp.
Directions to the Hollingsworths':
For more information: John Hollingsworth, john -at- billnet.org, (706) 789-3916
Savannah Monthly Singing
The Savannah singing is held the Saturday before the second Sunday of each month, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Faith Primitive Baptist Church, 3212 Bee Road, Savannah. click for map. Singing is from the 1991 Sacred Harp and the B. F. White Sacred Harp (Cooper book), loaners provided.
Visit www.savannahsacredharp.com for more information.
Directions: Take Victory Drive to Bee Road, near Daffin Park. Go south on Bee Road. Church is 1/3 mile on the left.
For more information: Buck Lea, wmhlea -at- comcast.net.
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Last updated January 31, 2013. Additions, corrections, comments, or questions? Send us an email