Who we are
Our group sings a cappella four part shape note music
and uses the "Sacred Harp," a collection of sacred songs
and anthems, published continuously since 1844.
The music is written in standard musical notation,
but is supplemented by shaped note heads, originally intended
to accommodate those who could not read music.
About the music
Music from the "Sacred Harp" does not follow rules of conventional
harmony, but uses a polyphony style in which no one part stands out.
Often the chords in the harmony change with every note, making the
harmony freely moving or dispersed.
The music includes 18th century New England fuging tunes, anthems, folk
and gospel hymns, camp-meeting songs from the 19th century, and some
modern tunes in these traditions. Shape note singers gather for
enjoyment, not in preparation for performance. There is no need to
proficiently read music, and all are welcome.
Events and Activities
Please call David Martin, 570.333.4007 for further information
and the next singing date, or email at the address provided.
Please see the links on the left for information about shape
note singing elsewhere in Pennsylvania and throughout the USA.
For further information,