Bloomington Sacred Harp

Shape note singing in and around Bloomington, IN

Photos from the Bloomington All Day Singing

On Saturday, October 21st, I believe we had a record number in attendance for the 14th Annual Bloomington All Day Sacred Harp Singing. Around 80 people joined us over the course of the five hour event from many states–singing 70+ songs. Special thanks to all of the visitors from out-of-state and local media, WFHB and The Herald Times, for covering the event!

Put it on your calendar for next year- Oct 27th 2018.

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We hope you’ll join us at our next local meeting time, again, at Fairview United Methodist Church. 600 West 6th St. Bloomington, IN. You’ll find us in the church basement, 7pm-9pm.




Bloomington All Day Singing on Saturday, Oct 21st 2017

Are you ready for the 2017 All Day Singing in Bloomington, Indiana? The event takes place again this year at Fairview United Methodist Church on Saturday, Oct 21st. We will sing from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with a traditional dinner on the grounds at noon. Local singers are encouraged to bring a potluck dish to share. We will be singing from the 1991 revision the Sacred Harp. Loaner books will be available. A voluntary donation will be taken to help cover expenses.

Please join the event via the Facebook link and invite some friends.

Following the event, (6:00 p.m.) there will be a spaghetti social at Barb’s house across the street.

By the way, the dinner on the grounds last year was terrific and diverse—everything from curry to casseroles!

This is a great opportunity if you are new to Sacred Harp singing or are just curious about the sound of it. As an added bonus, the acoustics are fantastic! *Head over and let us know you are coming by making a comment in our Facebook event.

Fairview United Methodist Church
600 West 6th St
Bloomington, IN 47404
Google map link

Saturday, October 21nd, 2017
10AM – 3PM

An interview with one of the founding members of our group, William Shetter. Special thanks to Aaron Marshall for putting this together.

Regular Singing Location and Time – 2nd and 4th Tuesdays

We meet twice a month. Our local singings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 7-9 PM in the lower level of the Fairview Methodist Church.  (600 W 6th St.) Park in the lot on the north side of the building and enter through the lower level doors on the southeast side of the building.

Be sure to mark your calendar for the 2017 (14th Annual) Bloomington All Day Singing event which takes place on Saturday, Oct 21st, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Details here.

Facebook event link.

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A Message from Moira Smiley

1936166_105800615853_3060082_nOne of the reasons I became interested in Shape Note music was from hearing Moira Smiley sing in Bloomington, IN. One particular concert took place as part of the Bloomington Early Music Festival. I was hooked.

I decided to reach out to Moira to see if she would do a personal video talking about the influence of Shape Note music on her music and also to help us spread the word about our upcoming All Day Singing. Here is her response. Down below, I’ll post some of Moira’s music. Update: This post is from 2016. This year’s All Day Singing takes place on October 21st. Details here.

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