Shape-note singing is community music that takes its name from the four shaped notes patented in Philadelphia in 1798: FaSolLa, and Mi. This living singing tradition is unlike any other form of American sacred music both in its vibrant sound and in its distinctive singing practice. See this article for more about singing in Philly.

UPDATE: All regular in-person Philadelphia-area singings are canceled until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, we are able to sing together weekly online using Zoom and Jamulus. All are welcome to join via Zoom. Jamulus requires some technical setup. See http://phillyfasola.bot.nu for Zoom and Jamulus details.

All are welcome to sing with us. No experience is necessary and singing books are provided.  We meet each month on

  • Fourth Thursdays 7:30-9:30 at A-Space in West Philadelphia, 4722 Baltimore Ave.
  • Second Sundays 5:00-8:00 including potluck supper at St. Mary’s at Penn, 3916 Locust Walk. See the map to find the entrance to the hall.
  • Second Fridays 7:30-9:30 at St. James United Church of Christ, 135 Myrtle Ave, Havertown, PA. 

Contact and other information is HERE. There are many additional singings in the surrounding region of southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.

For more information or to be added to our mailing list, contact Rachel Hall at phillysacredharp@gmail.com or 215-605-1621.  This site was designed and maintained by Rachel Hall.

Sacred Harp and Shape-Note Singing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania