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.


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

DowneastFirst Saturdays2:00-4:30
PortlandFirst Sundays2:00-5:00
WatervilleSecond Sundays2:00-5:00
CoastalFourth Sundays2:00-5:00

Weekly Singings

PortlandWeekly on Tuesday 7:00-9:00
BangorTwice a month on second and fourth Thursdays6:30-9:30

For a more detailed listed of Maine and New England Singings, see the Maine ShapeNote Singing Calendar.

Common Ground Fair Singing- September 26-27, 2015

Please join us on Saturday & Sunday, September 26 & 27 to sing in Unity, Maine at the Common Ground Country Fair. The one-hour singing is at 12 noon on both Saturday and Sunday in the Maine Folk life tent in the middle of the Common Ground Country Fair. It is a great introduction to how beautiful the tunes are and what fun it can be to sing them!! For more information about the fair go to Common Ground Country Fair.

New England Convention - October 3-4, 2015

The New England Sacred Harp Convention will be held on Saturday, October 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Sunday, October 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at South Kingstown Land Trust Barn, South Kingstown, Rhode Island. For more information about the convention, go to New England Sacred Harp Convention


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