All our regular singings use The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. In addition to The Sacred Harp, the University City singing uses The Shenandoah Harmony and the Havertown singing uses The Shenandoah Harmony; The Sacred Harp, Revised Cooper Edition; and The Norumbega Harmony. Although books are provided, especially for new singers, buying your own book means that you can make notes and study songs at home.
Most of these books can be ordered online — just follow the links. Copies of The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition and The Shenandoah Harmony may be available to purchase at a singing.
The Sacred Harp has been continually in print since 1844. It has been revised several times since then. There are several different versions in print today, each descended from the 1844 book, but containing different modification and unique additional songs.
- The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Also called the Denson book or the red book.
- The Sacred Harp, Revised Cooper Edition. Also called the Cooper book or the blue book.
The Shenandoah Harmony is a new shape-note book published in 2012. Several of its authors and contributors have ties to the Philadelphia area.
The Norumbega Harmony is a shape-note book featuring New England music published in 2003.
There are several other shape-note books in use throughout the country. The Christian Harmony, The Southern Harmony, and The Harmonia Sacra are among those with living singing traditions. See this page for more information on ordering other books.