Photo by Robert Chambless from his set Chattahoochee Singing August 2, 2014


February 2016 Singings

Updated February 2, 2016

How could one little month have so many great and varied singing opportunities? Lucky you! For example, the demonstration/lecture led by Jesse Karlsberg at Morningside Presbyterian on the 6th, the Emory singing on the 13th, SOFA singing Friday evening the 19th at Big Creek in Alpharetta, 3rd Sun. evening singing at Church of Our Savior features visiting singing school teacher Nathan Stewart, and of course, the "Eclectic Weekend" of Hardeman (J.L. White, Eclectic Harmony, Georgian Harmony) on the 27th, the Hollingsworths in Ila evening singing from Christian Harmony, and Athens singing the next day (28th) with Social Harp and Sacred Harp. And many more. Whew!

Feb. 4, 1st Thursday monthly singing, 7:30-9:30, in the Robinson Fellowship Hall, behind Emory Presbyterian Church, 1886 North Decatur Rd, Atlanta GA 30307. Directions: Half-mile west of the intersection of North Decatur Rd and Clairmont Rd, at the corner of North Decatur Rd and Westminster Way. Parking behind the church, off Westminster Way. Experienced and new singers, all are welcome. Contact: David Brodeur, david .at. davidbrodeur .dot. com.

Feb. 6, Sat. morning, come learn about Sacred Harp singing from 10 am to noon at the Morningside Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall as Dr. Jesse P. Karlsberg of Emory University introduces the style's history and the music of its most popular collection of hymns, The Sacred Harp; then join in as we sing together from the tunebook, first published right here in Georgia in 1844. A potluck lunch will be provided at noon. Each participant is encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert. Meat and drinks will be provided. A donation will help the Atlanta Sacred Harp community continue their great work. All are welcome. Register by February 4 by contacting Jonathan Crutchfield - email jcrutchfield at morningsidepc dot org, or call extension 23 at 404-876-7396. Morningside Presbyterian is located at: 1411 N. Morningside Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30306. Facebook:

Feb. 6, Sat. before 1st Sun., Rotunda singing, Alabama State Archives and History Building, 624 Washington Ave., Montgomery AL (9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Central time). 4 books used: Sacred Harp 1991 and Cooper revisions, Christian Harmony, Colored Sacred Harp. Bring a sack lunch, or lunch will be available for a donation. Directions: Take I-85 South to Exit 1 for Union Street. Veer right onto South Union - a one-way, four-lane street. Turn left at the 3rd traffic light onto Washington Avenue. The front of the Alabama Department of Archives and History building is to your left across from the Avenue of Flags on the side of the state Capitol. Parking: On-street parking is available around the Archives building on Washington Avenue, Bainbridge Street, and Adams Avenue/Street. Limited off-street parking is also available in the Archives parking lot across from the rear (south) entrance of the building off Adams Street. Please note the south entrance bears the inscription ALABAMA WORLD WAR MEMORIAL above the doors. Info: Bill Hogan (334) 514-9742, will_muse -at- yahoo -dot- com, or Joey Brackner, 334 242-4076 ext. 225, joey.brackner -at- arts dot alabama dot gov.

Feb. 7, 1st Sun., Uncle Bob Burnham and Ruth Brown Memorial singing, Wesley Foundation, Jacksonville State University, 510 N. Pelham Rd. (Hwy 21), Jacksonville, AL. 9:00 a.m. (Central Time). Please bring a covered dish to share. Directions: Driving north on Hwy. 21, go through the square. Once past Mountain St., look for the Wesley Foundation building on the left. Info: Pearl Guier, (334) 272-4696

Feb. 10, 2nd Wed., Biweekly singing at St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church, 543 Cherokee Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30312 (across from Grant Park) 7:00pm-9:00pm. Enter through the double doors on the basement courtyard level, to the left of the main entrance. Ample street parking (no meters). Tell your friends! Contact: Matt Hinton 404.918.4914, mattandericahinton -at-, or John Kelso 678.668.5766 . Facebook:

Feb. 13, Sat. before 2nd Sun., Savannah monthly singing, Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, 50 Diamond Causeway, Savannah. 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Website: Info: Gene Pinion, genepinion -at- gmail -dot- com, (912) 655-0994.

Feb. 13, Sat. before 2nd Sun., Emory Sacred Harp Singing, Cannon Chapel, 515 Kilgo Circle NE, Atlanta 30322, at Emory University. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Singing from the Sacred Harp 1991 edition. Covered dish "dinner on the grounds" at noon. Loaner books available. Directions:

  • FROM I-85: exit at Clairmont Rd. heading East (toward Decatur/Emory). Go to N. Decatur Rd. and turn right. At the next big intersection, turn right onto Oxford Rd. (see below).
  • FROM I-20: exit at Moreland Ave. going north. After crossing Ponce de Leon Ave. this will become Briarcliff Rd. After a mile or so turn right onto N. Decatur Rd. Go through the traffic circle at Lullwater Rd. and at the next traffic circle come almost all the way around to exit onto Oxford Rd.
  • FROM OXFORD RD.: Turn onto Oxford Rd. and look for the parking sign on the right (about 50 yards, just past the Emory Barnes & Noble bookstore) for the OXFORD RD. PARKING DECK. Park there - it's free on Saturdays. Exit the parking deck through the building to get to the main campus. Walk across the plaza, up a short staircase, and across the road. Proceed past White Hall (on your left). Cannon Chapel will be ahead to your left. The building has an elevator and is handicap accessible. GPS for the Parking Deck: 33.789719, -84.327464; map at
Info: John Plunkett (770) 939-3464 bildad12 -at- hotmail -dot- com.

Feb. 16, Tues. evening, Athens, Ga. monthly "teenth Tuesday" singing from the 1991 revision Sacred Harp, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the home of Shannon Primm. Optional beginners' introduction, 6:30 p.m. Info: Shannon Primm, sprimm -at- yahoo dot com. Facebook page:

Feb. 18, 3rd Thurs. evening, Chattanooga monthly singing, 7PM-9PM, NEW LOCATION: Bluegrass Grill, 55 E. Main St., Chattanooga, Tennessee. Contact: Judy Mincey, mincey -dot- judy -at- yahoo -dot- com, 770-773-0818. Facebook:

Feb. 18, 3rd Thurs. evening, Bremen monthly practice singing at Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church. 7:00 p.m. Directions: Take exit #11 from I-20, turn south on Hwy. 27, go to top of hill at service station, turn left on Holly Springs Rd., go to dead end and turn left, church is on left. Info: Jason Stanford, jason.t.stanford -at- gmail -dot- com.

Feb. 19, Fri., "SOFA" singing, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm at Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church. Also in April, Sept. & Oct. I-85 North to GA 400 North. Take exit 10 Old Milton Pkwy. Turn right and go approximately 3 miles on Hwy 120 East. Pass the Publix grocery on the right, pass the Shell station on the left and get in the left turn lane. At light turn left onto Kimball Bridge Rd. Take the 2nd left and go across the street directly into the church parking lot. Contact: Faye Holbrook cell 770-490-4232 or fholbrook218 at gmail dot com.

Feb. 20, Sat. before 3rd Sun., Alabama Collegiate Singing - Canterbury Episcopal Student Center, 812 Fifth Ave., Tuscaloosa AL. Info: Nikos Pappas, napappas1 -at- ua -dot- edu.

Feb. 21, 3rd Sun., State University of West Georgia, Carrollton GA. 9:30 a.m. From Carrollton on US Hwy 27, exit to Georgia State Highway 166 heading west (also called Maple St); drive past the first entrance to West Georgia Drive and past the campus sign; turn right at the second entrance to West Georgia Drive. The Food Service building (Z-6) will be on the left. Information: Myron House, mhouse -at- westga -dot- .edu

Feb. 21, 3rd Sun evening, 6:00p-8:30pm, Church of our Saviour in Virginia-Highlands. 6:00 Singing School, 6:30 Singing. THIS MONTH's SINGING SCHOOL will be an overview/intro to singing taught by Nathan Stewart, visiting us from Sewanee. This is a great opportunity to invite a friend who may be interested in singing. We also need as many experienced singers as possible to join us for the singing school, to give Nathan a warm welcome to Atlanta and to demonstrate to newcomers what it's all about! Church of our Saviour, Garrison Hall (building across from main church entrance) 1068 North Highland Ave. Atlanta, GA 30306. Parking along N. Highland or Los Angeles. Metered spaces are free on Sunday. Contact Amy Wells at 404-436-4522 or amyarmstrongmidwife at gmail dot com for additional information.

Feb. 24, 4th Wed., Biweekly singing at St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church, 543 Cherokee Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30312 (across from Grant Park) 7:00pm-9:00pm. Enter through the double doors on the basement courtyard level, to the left of the main entrance. Ample street parking (no meters). Tell your friends! Contact: Matt Hinton 404.918.4914, mattandericahinton -at- yahoo dot com, or John Kelso 678.668.5766 . Facebook:

Feb. 27, Sat. before 4th Sun., "Eclectic singing" from the J.L. White book, Eclectic Harmony (I, 4-shape, and II, 7-shape) and Georgian Harmony (4-shape). Hardeman Primitive Baptist Church, 1965 Glenwood Rd., Decatur, GA. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Copies of the new edition of the J.L. White 1911 edition of the Sacred Harp and of the Georgian Harmony will be available for purchase. Directions: From I-20 in Atlanta, drive east to Georgia Highway 155 (aka Candler Rd.). Go north on Candler Rd. and turn right on Glenwood Rd. (aka Georgia Highway 260). Or from I-285 exit west onto Glenwood Rd. The church is on the southwest corner of Glenwood Rd and S. Columbia Place, 3965 Glenwood Rd, just a bit west of Columbia Drive. Info: John Plunkett 678-763-7292, bildad12 -at- hotmail -dot- com, Laura Akerman 404-373-8241, liblna -at- emory -dot- edu.

Feb. 27, Sat. before 4th Sun., evening singing at the home of John and Elsie Hollingsworth, Ila, Ga. 6:00-9:00 p.m. Singing from the Christian Harmony (7 shape). Directions: From Athens: Take Hwy 29 north, towards Danielsville. At the light near the Ingles store, bear left onto Hwy 106. At the next light, about 1 mile, turn right to stay on 106 toward Ila. Just past the 9-mile marker, turn left onto Adams- Clark Road (at the Hill's Automotive sign). Go 1.5 miles to mailbox on right numbered 1574. When driveway splits, bear left. From I-85 North: Take Exit 149 to Hwy 441 at Banks Crossing outlet malls. Turn right onto 441 south. Go about 5 miles to Hwy 98 and turn left. In about 8 miles you'll reach a 4-way stop in Ila. Turn right and go 0.8 mile, then turn right on Adams-Clark Road, go 1.5 miles to mailbox on right, no. 1574; when driveway splits, bear left. Contact: John Hollingsworth, john -at- billnet dot org, (706) 789-3916.

Feb. 28, 4th Sun., University of Georgia singing, Social Harp in the morning (10:30 - 12:30) and Sacred Harp 1991 revision in the afternoon (1:30-3:00). University of Georgia, State Botanical Garden, Visitor Center, Athens, GA. Directions: When coming from southwest of Athens on US highway 129, turn right (south) onto Milledge Ave; go about 1 mile and watch for the Botanical Gardens sign on the right. From Hwy 78 east, exit onto Georgia 316. After you pass the Oconee Connector exit, get into the far right lane and exit onto the Athens perimeter highway (also called "Loop 10" and various other designations). Take the perimeter east/ north for 3 or 4 miles to the Milledge Avenue exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right and go about 1 mile; watch for the Botanical Garden sign on the right. Covered dish lunch. Info: John Garst, garst -at- uga -dot edu , (706) 548-3910

Upcoming - mark your calendars, you won't want to miss:

Mar. 12, Sat., Sacred Harp Singing at ChantLanta 2016. The Selah Center in The Church at Ponce & Highland (a.k.a. Druid Hills Baptist Church), 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30306. 5:00 p.m. There will be a brief introduction to the art of shape note singing, followed by about an hour of singing from the 1991 Sacred Harp. Facebook page with more information: Contact: Lisa Bennett ltb1014 at gmail dot com .

Mar. 27 and 28, 4th Sun. and Sat. before, the Georgia State Convention will be close to home for Atlantans this year, at Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Alpharetta.

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