A group dedicated to the enjoyment of singing 4-part a capella hymns and anthems from The Sacred Harp.
Come and sing with us
Penasquitos Ranch House
You don't have to be a polished singer to join in with Sacred Harp singing. While it doesn't hurt to be able to read standard music notation, many singers learn by ear. We sing from The Sacred Harp, a book first published in 1844, a collection of Early American Christian hymns and anthems, written explicitly for the "Singing Schools" of the era. We always have loaner copies available at all of our meetings (or "singings" as they are referred to).
While many of the songs have explicit Christian references, our group is non-denominational. Singers take from the singing whatever spiritual content fits for them.
Unfamiliar with Sacred Harp? Check out this YouTube video:for a flavor of the sound and spirit of Sacred Harp singing. There are many more recordings of Sacred Harp singing on YouTube and around the internet.
Let me also draw your attention to a recent broadcast on BBC, in which their reporter visits a Sacred Harp singing in Alabama. It's well worth listening to.
For more information, feel free to contact Jerry Schreiber at (619) 544-0432, or e-mail DrXOX@cox.net.
Also, if you would like to be on our email list, just send your email address to DrXOX@cox.net.