© 2009 Mary E Yeomans
The 2009 Missouri Sacred Harp Singing Convention
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 was on March 9 and 10, 2013 (details), 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 fasola.org.
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.