Story last updated at 10/21/2009 - 1:33 pm
SITKA - Join singers from around Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Canada for the 2nd annual Alaska Shape Note Convention, the evening of Friday, Oct. 23 and all day Saturday, Oct. 24 at the United Methodist Church, 303 Kimsham Street.
To learn about this beautiful American singing tradition and how to sing shape note music, a Singing School, taught by David Lee of Hoboken, Georgia will take place Friday evening beginning at 7 p.m. The all-day sing will begin on Saturday morning at 9 a.m., with a break for a potluck lunch at noon, and ending mid-afternoon. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome, with music supplied. Listeners are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Though shape note singing is not affiliated with any denomination, it is a deeply spiritual experience for all involved, and functions as a religious observance for many singers. It is often called "Sacred Harp" singing because the books that most singers use today are called "The Sacred Harp."
The term "sacred harp" refers to the human voice - that is, the musical instrument one was given at birth. Sacred Harp singing is the oldest surviving form of American music.
For event information, contact Kari Lundgren at 738-2089.