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
BelfastThird Sundays2:00-5:00
CoastalFourth Sundays2:00-5:00

Weekly Singings

PortlandWeekly on Tuesday 7:00-9:00

Facebook Groups and Pages

Maine Shape Note Singing
Portland Maine Sacred Harp
Downeast Shape Note Singing
North Country Shape Note Singing (Berlin NH)

For a more detailed listed of Maine and New England and regional singings, see the Regional All-Day Singings.

Sabbathday Lake Singing - June 2, 2018

Tree of Life

The 2018 Sabbathday Lake Singing will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Meeting House in New Gloucester, Maine. For more information, go to Sabbathday Lake Shaker Meetinghouse Singing.

Maine All-Day Singing- July 21, 2018

Sacred Harp

The 2018 Maine All-Day Singing will take place on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Old Town House, Old Town House Road, Union, Maine. For more information, go to Maine All-Day Singing.

Common Ground Fair Singing- September 22-23, 2017

Please join us on Saturday & Sunday, September 22 & 23 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.


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Find more information on Facebook with the Maine Shape Note Singing group.

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