Keystone 2016


St. Mary’s at Penn (3916 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104) has opened its’ doors to us again tomorrow, in lieu of cancelling their worship service, so we’ll be singing there on Sunday. This will help the organizers greatly, as we could leave things set up tonight and not have to move everything and clean in two buildings. It’s also a great space for singing, as was evidenced today. So Sunday we will be at St. Mary’s at Penn, not at the Rotunda.

For anyone who may consider driving on Sunday, I don’t know what the weather will do between now and tomorrow. Be careful and use caution, and I would encourage you to err on the side of safety. If it looks bad, don’t risk it.

 Joel Bassett, Chair


Information from the 2016 Convention: Please join us in singing from The Sacred Harp at the seventeenth annual session of the Keystone Sacred Harp Convention, Saturday and Sunday, January 23-24, 2016 at St. Mary’s at Penn (3916 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104) in West Philadelphia. There will be additional singings on Friday and Sunday evenings.

All events are free and open to the public. The convention singing starts at 10:00 AM on Saturday and on Sunday.  It runs until mid-afternoon with a break for dinner around noon. Please bring a dish to share. Note that there are no kitchen facilities.

Printable Flyer, Directions, and Map HERE.

Restaurant List for Saturday Evening HERE.

Full Schedule (Friday–Sunday). See also Google MAP.

  • Friday, Jan 22, 7:30-9:30 PM: Special singing from The Shenandoah Harmony, St. Mary’s at Penn, 3916 Locust Walk in West Philadelphia.
  • Saturday, Jan 23, 10:00 AM-3:30 PM, Keystone Sacred Harp Convention, St. Mary’s at Penn.
  • Saturday, Jan 23, There will be a social at a home in West Philadelphia.
  • Sunday, Jan 24, 10:00 AM-3:30 PM, Keystone Sacred Harp Convention, St. Mary’s at Penn.
  • Sunday Jan 24, 6:30-9:00 PM, regular singing at Exeter Friends Meetinghouse, 191 Meeting House Rd, Douglassville PA, 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

rotunda_finallogo_outlineLocation. The Rotunda,  4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, is in West Philadelphia near the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.  It is a short subway ride or a 25 minute walk from 30th Street Station, Philadelphia’s main train station.  Paid parking is available directly across Walnut street. The Rotunda is an accessible facility.


Hospitality. Please fill out this form to request hospitality. See also this list of local hotels. Contact Kirsten Jensen, Hospitality, for questions in advance of the convention: (321) 514-2725,

Public Transportation. Amtrak trains, SEPTA regional rail (including the airport train), and several bus lines stop at 30th Street Station. Exit the station and cross 30th St to enter the subway station at the corner of 30th and Market.  Take the Market-Frankford line west two stops to 40th St.  Walk south two blocks to Walnut St and turn right. The Rotunda will be on your left, just past the Rave cinema complex.  Enter the Rotunda from the left side door, in the alley between it and the cinema. See MAP.

Driving Directions and Food Drop-Off. From I-76 East or West, take Exit 346A – South Street, which is a LEFT exit.  Turn away from Center City and continue on Spruce Street.  Turn right on 38th St and left on Walnut.  The Rotunda will be on your left, just past the Rave cinema complex at the intersection of 40th and Walnut. The food drop-off point is at the wheelchair access, immediately past the building on Walnut Street. See MAP.

Parking. The closest parking garage is across Walnut Street from the Rotunda. Discounted parking ($12/day) is available at the lot at the southwest corner of 38th and Sansom, a five- minute walk away. Street parking is free on Sunday and metered on Saturday. There is some free parking available on Friday after 7pm off Irving Street (see map).

Accessibility. The Rotunda is an ADA accessible facility. An entrance ramp is to the right of the building as you face it from Walnut Street.  If you have any concerns, please contactRuth Wampler,

Joel Bassett, chair, (210) 296-7072,
Ruth Wampler, vice-chair, (717) 471-6055,
Kirsten Jensen, hospitality, (321) 514-2725,

Here is a playlist of videos from 2015, and here are recordings of past conventions, including 2015.