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The Sacred Harp: Early American Singing

Saturday, February 17, 2024 | Time TBA

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

16 Washington Street, Cumberland, MD


Multi-instrumentalist Keith Collins, a past leader in the Smithsonian’s Connor Prairie living history park, returns to Cumberland to lead a hands-on and voices-on workshop to learn the uniquely American phenomenon of shape-note singing. The class will learn about the origins of the style with historical recordings and images, then will divide up into treble, counter, tenor, and bass. Sitting in the traditional “hollow square,” participants learn to “sing the notes” on the syllables fa, so, la, and mi before progressing to the words. No singing experience needed or expected! All materials provided!

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