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Lowcountry Sacred Harp

Here in Charleston, SC, we sing shape note music from The Sacred Harp, edition 1991, and from The Shenandoah Harmony.

We meet from 2 to 4 pm on the last Saturday of the month except for November and December when we meet a week or two earlier to avoid holidays.

A CALENDAR for the academic year shows exactly which Saturdays.

Beginners are always welcome!  We have extra songbooks for loan to visitors and newcomers.

Directions to our regular monthly singing:

The Circular Congregational Church graciously continues hosting us each month, providing the lovely "Wingard Room".
The Wingard Room is on the second floor of the new wing of Lance Hall at the historic Circular Congregational Church, located at 150 Meeting Street in Charleston.  Lance Hall is the two-story building in the southeastern corner of the churchyard.

The Wingard Room is accessed from within the courtyard.  Walk up the exterior stairs or ride the elevator, then walk down the cloister.  Seeing us through the glass walls, you can't miss us.

For a fee, parking is available at the city garage or in the bank parking lot just west of the churchyard.  Enter either lot from Cumberland Street.

Note for the city garage:  take the ticket with you.  When you return to the garage, pay for the parking using a credit card in one of the kiosks on the first floor of the garage.

9th Annual Singing during Piccolo Spoleto Festival on Saturday 26 May 2018: 

The ninth Annual Singing was again on the second day of the Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival. The location was the big and bright "Leisure Ministries Room" of the John Wesley United Methodist Church.
We kept to the schedule of a lesson for beginners at 9:30am, the first session from 10am until noon, pot-luck dinner from noon until 1 pm and the second session from 1 pm until 3 pm.  By my count, 44 singers attended.  The singing was strong and joyful.  The food was delicious and plentiful.

For some photographs, follow this link.

In addition to singing from The Sacred Harp on Saturday 26 May, we sang from The Shenandoah Harmony on Sunday 27 May from 1 pm until about 3 pm in the Wingard Room of the Circular Congregational Church. A half dozen of us sang and had a hoot. See the minutes.

Minutes from singings are posted.

Also see us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1131342130242092/

For more information:
You may contact me, Stephen, by email to ss_jones "at" bellsouth "dot" net or to ssj29403 "at" gmail "dot" com.

For more Sacred Harp singing within the City of Charleston, consider the new Citadel Shape Note Singing in the Summerall Chapel.

Cadets, Faculty, Staff, and extramural singers join their voices weekly every Wednesday from 6 pm until 7 pm.  Everyone is welcome.

For more shape note singing within driving distance, consider the Savannah Sacred Harp Singers who now typically sing from 2 pm until 4 pm on Saturdays at the Ferguson Avenue Baptist Church, 10050 Ferguson Avenue, Savannah.


Much more information about The Sacred Harp and shape note singing in general is available at the Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association.

Older but still valid information about the Lowcountry Sacred Harp is at Tom's site:  http://iveyt.people.cofc.edu/Shapenote/default.html