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St. Louis Shape Note Singers

Join us for the Labor Day All-Day Singing, Monday September 3, 10 AM, at Calvary Baptist Church, 423 Lucinda Ave, Belleville, IL 62221. There will be a potluck meal at noon. Here's the map.
GPS: 38.523377, -89.969893,    (38°31'24.2"N 89°58'116"W)

Next singing at the Old Paths Bible Church near Bowling Green MO is Saturrday, Septamber 9, 2:30 to 5 PM, map

Save the date for the 34th Annual Illinois State Convention, Saturday, September 15, 9:30 AM, Texas Christian Church, 8301 Texas Church Rd, south of Clinton IL, west of US 51. at the intersection of N 825 East Road and E 290 North Road. Here's the map.
GPS: 40.093577, -88.989601 (note that Google maps shows an incorrect location for 8301 Texas Church Rd)

The St. Louis Shape Note Singers are a loose affiliation of singers in the old colonial and southern tradition of Sacred Harp singing using shape note notation. 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.

We normally meet to sing on the first, third, and fifth Monday evenings each month, from 7 PM until 9:30 PM, at various locations in the St. Louis area. Please check the current schedule for dates and locations. Call Dave at 314-776-7477 or e-mail Paul at for details and for any updates on times and locations.

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, at St John UCC in Pinckney Township MO (11.5 miles west of Marthasville on Highway 94). This year, the Missouri Convention was held on Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, 2018.

A complete schedule of singing conventions (and many other resources) is available at

For more general information about shape note and Sacred Harp singing, visit You can listen here, here or here.