Maine Shape Note Singing



Welcome to the Maine Shape Note Singing website! We are shapenote singers in Maine. This site contains information about shapenote singing in and near Maine. There are regular singings here in Maine as well as several special events described below.

Background

The shapenote singing is primarily from the The Sacred Harp,a tunebook that has been in continuous publication with periodic revisions since 1844. The music consists of hymns, fuging tunes, anthems, and other songs in a style rooted in Colonial New England, popular in Maine up until the Civil War and in the rural South and West well into the 20th century.

A system of "shapenotes" in our tunebook supplements ordinary musical notation with a system of shaped noteheads that indicate the notes and intervals of the musical scale, making it easier to learn to read the music.

Sacred Harp or Fasola music is sung à cappella--that is, by voices alone in harmony without instrumental support or accompaniment. We sing in the traditional way, facing each other in a hollow square.

Monthly Singings

PortlandFirst Sundays1:00-4:00
BelfastSecond Mondays7:00-9:00
WatervilleThird Sundays2:00-5:00
CoastalFourth Sundays2:00-5:00
For a more detailed listed of Maine and New England Singings, see the Maine ShapeNote Singing Calendar.

Contact:

For more information: send e-mail to singings@Mainesacredharp.org.

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