First observe of how many Notes compass the Tune is. Next, the place of your first Note; and how many Notes above & below that: so as you may begin the Tune of your first Note as the rest may be sung in the compass of your and the peoples voices, without Squeaking above, or Grumbling below.

New York City shapenote singing schedule, December UPDATED2015

ALERT: We will NOT sing at St. John’s this evening, Wednesday, December 23. A drinking-and-singing gathering at McSorley’s on East Seventh Street will take place instead at 7:00.

So far as I know, we’ll sing every Wednesday night through the month; on Dec. 2 we’ll be at St Peter’s, Chelsea (20th Street between 8th & 9th) instead of St. John’s. I’ll update if there are any changes.

Saturday, Dec. 5, is the Lehigh Valley All-Day Singing, at the UU Church in Bethlehem, PA, with a social at Hunter Hill Farm (and I trust a baby-viewing and -worshipping session). Our First Sunday singing follows on Dec. 6 at Jimmy’s No. 43. Second Sunday in Brooklyn should be vigorous, with the lure of latke party at my house following (what? It’s Hanukkah!).  Third Sunday at Ch.of the Epiphany as usual. No Christian Harmony this month, as it falls on the Christmas holiday weekend. Keep your ears and eyes open for house singing opportunities.

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CANCELLED — First Sunday singing, June 7, 2015

Not a single hand went up when the group at singing last night was polled for those planning to attend Sunday’s EVil singing, so it was determined that we’d do best to cancel for this month.


Not a joke.

Midweek singing on April 1, 2015, will start at 7:30 rather than 7:00.

Also, and really not a joke, our First Sunday location, Jimmy’s No. 43, has been closed since the fire and building collapse on Second Avenue between St. Mark’s Place and 7th Street.  Their place wasn’t damaged, but the block is closed off. We, and they of course, hope they’ll be able to reopen by the weekend.


Weekend events, Nov 15 & 16, 2014

Saturday, November 15, Jimmy’s #43 (our First Sunday host) has invited us singers to participate in their Slow Food event, The Art of Whole Hog Butchery, from 2 to 5.  We’ll be fed — dunno if Jimmy’s excellent beer is also thrown in.  Apparently Sacred Harp has previously drawn the attention of Slow Food movement leader Carlo Petrino; Jimmy’s says,  “their colonial era sacred harp singing was a highlight of Carlo’s last visit; he remarked how Jimmy’s No. 43 is a pleasant change from all the NYC bars with TVs).”  (I guess I missed that; does anyone remember?).  And we sing on Sunday as usual on the Upper East Side.  I won’t be able to make either event, but I hope to hear good reports from them both.


Singing school and visiting group today, Sunday, April 6, 2-5

Today’s regular East Village singing has been translated to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Greenwich Village (our Wednesday location) to accommodate a visiting 38-person French gospel choir.  Aldo Ceresa will run a beginner’s singing school for part of the session and local singers are strongly encouraged to come and support the school and to meet French singers devoted to American gospel music. Bring your own book if you have one as loaners will be in high demand, and please also note the 2 pm start time. The Facebook event listing is here.


First Sunday East Village shapenote singing December 1, 2013

At JIMMY’S NO. 43, 43 East Seventh Street between Third and Second Avenues.  Singing from THE SACRED HARP, 1991 Denson edition.

Present: Bethany, Jon, Charles, Paul, Jordan, David, Sam, James, Isabel, Emily, Aldo, Rebecca, Liora, nbm. Visiting: Ben Bath.

34t Aldo
37b nbm
41 Charles
42 nbm
27 Bethany
186 James
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Shapenote singings in New York City, August 2013

We will meet in our Chelsea location, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, on all Wednesdays in August, so far as we know. (Do watch the announcements, though; in past years there have been a week or two we’ve had to miss because of other events at the church.)

Aldo has found us a new home for the Midweek singing starting in the Fall: St. John’s Lutheran Church in Greenwich Village.  It’s not as literally central as St Peter’s in Midtown, but there’s lots of subway choices.  As far as I know, we’ll meet there for the first time on September 4. Watch for further announcements.

Midweek Chelsea singings at St. Peter’s Episcopal, 20th Street between 8th and 9th: August 7, 14, 21, 28

First Sunday EVil singing RELOCATED to our old site, The Living Room, Ludlow Street between Rivington & Stanton Streets, August 4, 2-5.

Second Sunday Brooklyn singing, multi-book, St. Paul’s Church, Carroll Gardens: August 11, 2-5.

Third Sunday UES is on summer hiatus.

Recommended, relatively regional, out of town singings: First Princeton All-Day (in Ewing, NJ), Saturday, August 17; Maidencreek All-Day, Saturday, August 31, with Shenandoah singing the following day.

And of course, get ready for the New York City All-Day Singing, Saturday, September 14, at the Fifteenth Street Meetinghouse.