Saint Louis Shape Note Singers
The St. Louis Shape Note Singers are a loose affiliation
of singers in the old colonial and southern tradition of
Sacred Harp singing.
We usually sing from
The Sacred Harp, 1991 Denson edition,
as well as from
The Missouri Harmony, 2005 edition, tunebooks whose origins date
from the early 1800s. The St. Louis Shape Note Singers are one of several dozen active
shape note singing groups across the country and around the world, some continuously
active for over 100 years and some only recently organized.
Following this tradition, we do not have auditions, rehearsals or performances as such.
We simply gather to sing the music we love. Musical talent or training is not required.
We are entirely non-denominational as well, welcoming all regardless of creed or lack thereof.
Every year, shape note singing groups host their annual "convention", an all-day or two-day
singing at which all singers are welcome. The St. Louis Shape Note Singers host the annual
two-day Missouri Convention each year on the 2nd Sunday in March and the Saturday before,
which will be on March 8 and 9, 2014
, at St John UCC in
Pinckney Township MO.
Singers come from all over the United States and Canada, and some from overseas.
A complete schedule of singing conventions (and many other resources) is available at
We normally meet to sing on the first, third, and fifth Monday evenings each month, from
7 PM (or as soon as enough singers arrive) until 9:30 PM. Singings on first Mondays
are in University City. Singings on third Mondays are at the Music Building on the
south campus of the UM-St. Louis in Normandy. Fifth Mondays can vary not only by
location but also by time. We are nomadic enough to make it very wise to check our
current schedule and/or contact Dave or Paul before attending.
If you are not on our email list, please check the current schedule page
or call Dave at 314-776-7477 for updates on times and locations. You may also e-mail Paul at
For more general information about shape note and Sacred Harp singing, visit
You can listen here, here or here.