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Weekly Sacred Harp Singing

  • STOECKEL HALL 96 Wall Street New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)

The Yale-New Haven Regular Singing has been gathering weekly since January 2010 to sing hymns, fuging tunes, and anthems from The Sacred Harp and other collections of shape-note music.

Our weekly Tuesday-evening singing is open to all, regardless of experience or ability. We sing from 7 to 9 in room 106 of Stoeckel Hall, located at 469 College St. in downtown New Haven. We have a healthy supply of loaner books for you to use, and friendly singers who will help you get situated.


 Melena Laudig, a freshman at Yale, leading the Yale-New Haven Regular Singing group in a song on a recent Tuesday night. Credit Christopher Capozziello for  The New York Times

Melena Laudig, a freshman at Yale, leading the Yale-New Haven Regular Singing group in a song on a recent Tuesday night. Credit Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times

Sacred Harp singing, also known as shape-note singing, is an amateur and participatory tradition with a historical connection to congregational hymn singing. We sing for each other, and not for an audience. There are no auditions, and no commitment: we just hold a singing each week, and anyone who’s interested is welcome to come and sing with us, or even just to listen. Anyone means anyone: we welcome you whether you are a singer or not, whether are part of Yale or not, whether you have any experience of shape-note music or not.

On Tuesday nights we sing from the 1991 Denson revision of The Sacred Harp, the shape-note book most widely used today. Once a month, usually on the first Saturday afternoon, we sing from a wide variety of shape-note sources, including new compositions.

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