Practice, or regular singings are small groups that meet for a few hours and are fairly informal.  All-day singings in our region typically attract 60-100 people and last from around 10 am to 3 pm, with a break for potluck “dinner on the grounds.” The Keystone Sacred Harp Convention, hosted in Philadelphia in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2020 is a two-day event on the fourth Sunday in January and Saturday before that may be attended by 200+ people from all over the country and abroad.

All are welcome to sing with us. No experience is necessary and singing books are provided.

There are currently ten regular singings every month within two hours driving distance of Philadelphia.  In addition, our area hosts several all-day singings every year. See our calendar and  Pennsylvania Sacred Harp for details.  For events throughout the United States and abroad, see

Regular Local Singings

Fourth Thursdays at 7:30-9:30 each month at A-Space in West Philadelphia, 4722 Baltimore Ave.  Contact Joel Bassett at ‭(210) 296-7072 or

Second Sundays at 5:00-8:00 each month in the parish hall of St. Mary’s at Penn, 3916 Locust Walk on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. We will break for a potluck supper around 6:30 and resume singing around 7:30. Please bring a potluck dish if you are able. Enter through the cloister door and ring the buzzer on the Philly Shape Note sign (map below). Contact Rachel Hall at 215-605-1621 or


Second Fridays of each month from 7:30-9:30 PM at St. James United Church of Christ, 135 Myrtle Ave, Havertown, PA 19083Contact Marian McKenzie at 610 896-1565 or mmckenzi [at]  The Havertown singing is near the city and accessible by public transportation.

Regional and All-Day Singing Calendar
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Sacred Harp and Shape-Note Singing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania