Shape Note Singing Workshop
Sunday April 11th, 2010
Led by Jessica Catron and Daniel Brummel
Come and learn as well as participate in a unique, alternative musical language. Utilizing a few shapes instead of basic music notation, the shape note form invites participants to hone in on harmonic structures in large groups, allowing beautiful sounds to materialize among people who have likely never sung together before.
Interacting with a living, breathing, American choral form, we will raise rousing renditions of shape note gospel hymns from the 19th century Sacred Harp manual, in the traditional style, which has been practiced consistently for two hundred years in America. The music is easy, the sound is joyously resonant, and all voices are welcome — a willingness to sing is the only requirement.