Yale-New Haven Regular Singing
UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE REGION

Sat-Sun 25-26 Jan 2014
Keystone Convention
Christiana, PA

Sat 8 Feb 2014
Plymouth All-Day Singing
East Sandwich, MA

Sat-Sun 8-9 Mar 2014
Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention
Northampton, MA

Sat 22 Mar 2014
Vermont State Singing
Location TBA

Sat 19 Apr 2014
Rhode Island All-Day Singing
Providence, RI

Sun 20 Apr 2014
New Haven All-Day Singing
Connecticut Hall, Yale University

Sat 10 May 2014
Boston All-Day Singing
Boston, MA

Fri-Sat 16-17 May 2014
Garden State Convention
Montclair, NJ

Sat 31 May 2014
Shaker Meetinghouse and Francis Bliss Birthday Singing
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, ME

Sat 5 Jul 2014
Pioneer Valley All-Day Singing
Sunderland, MA

Welcome WSHU listeners!

Cuchulain Kelly's great four-minute piece on YNHRS aired during Morning Edition on January 14, 2014! Hear it at the WSHU website.

Sacred Harp singing is alive and well in New Haven!

Fifty weeks a year, we sing on Tuesday night from the Denson revision of The Sacred Harp, the shape-note tunebook most widely used today. All are welcome to join us, regardless of experience, skill, affiliation, or... well, anything.

Where and when do you sing?

We sing in Room B01 of Stoeckel Hall on the campus of Yale University. This room is subject to change, but if we aren't in Room B01, a sign will tell you where to go! Stoeckel Hall is located at 469 College Street (corner of Wall) in New Haven. Driving directions can be found at the bottom of the page. The entrance to Stoeckel is on the College Street side, set back on the right side of the building.

We're singing Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, with a break somewhere around 8:00.

We only ever take a break when the Yale campus shuts down at Christmastime.

How do I join?

Just come to one of our singings! Sacred Harp is an amateur and participatory tradition with a historical connection to congregational hymn singing. We sing for each other, and not for an audience. We wouldn’t dream of holding auditions, and don’t ask for any commitment. If you’d like to be placed on the YNHRS email list, visit our Google Groups page (click on the “Join this group” link at the right of the page) or contact Ian Quinn.

Do I need a book?

No. Loaner books are available. You can also purchase your very own book for $20. There are many editions and versions of the Sacred Harp; if yours isn't the Denson edition (with red covers) from 1991 you'll probably want to borrow or buy one from us.

What does "Regular Singing" mean?

In 18th-century New England, church music had fallen into such decline that congregations in some churches knew just five or six tunes, and they sang them, in ragged unison, to whatever texts needed to be sung. There were no church choirs, members of the congregations couldn't sing very well, and almost nobody knew how to read music. Some clergymen and lay leaders felt that the situation could be improved if more people had access to printed music in four-part harmony and knew how to read from it. They encouraged the establishment of “singing schools,” where members of the community learned to read music and to sing in harmony. The music-reading method taught in these singing schools was called singing by rule, singing by note, or Regular Singing. By creating a population of musically literate churchgoers, the Regular Singing movement prepared the way for the first flowering of indigenous American music: psalms, hymns, and anthems by composers like William Billings, Timothy Swan, and New Haven's own Daniel Read. These tunes formed the foundation of the repertory embodied in shape-note tunebooks, and are still sung today by Sacred Harp singers around the world.

How can I learn more?

To learn more about YNHRS, contact Ian Quinn.

To find out more about Sacred Harp singing, visit fasola.org, Warren Steel's comprehensive Sacred Harp Singing website, or the Wikipedia entries on Sacred Harp and shape-note music.

For other Sacred Harp singing opportunities in and around southern New England, visit the websites of the thriving Sacred Harp communities located in Western Massachusetts, New York City, and Rhode Island.

How do I get to the singing by car?

From the North via Interstate 91: Take exit 3 (Trumbull Street), stay in the middle lane, and continue on Trumbull. For best parking, turn left on Temple, go past Grove, and enter the parking lot on the right, just past Wall St. Exit the parking lot by one of the pedestrian pathways at the far end of the lot, turn right, and Stoeckel will be on your right. To drive directly to Stoeckel, go to the end of Trumbull. Turn left onto Prospect and proceed to the next light. (Prospect here becomes College Street, at the Woolsey Hall Rotunda.) Just past Woolsey, at the intersection of College and Wall, on your left you will see Stoeckel Hall, a yellow and red brick building in the Venetian Gothic style. The entrance is set back on the right side of the building.

From the North via Route 15: Take exit 61. Drive south on Whitney Avenue for about 5 miles. For best parking continue on Whitney, which becomes Temple St (one way) just before Trumbull. Go past Trumbull and Grove, and enter the parking lot on the right, just past Wall Street. Exit the parking lot by one of the pedestrian pathways at the far end of the lot, turn right, and Stoeckel will be on your right. To drive directly to WLH, turn right on Trumbull (the next light after the one at Sachem and the Peabody Museum, on your right). At the second light, turn left onto Prospect and proceed to the next light. (Prospect here becomes College Street, at the Woolsey Hall Rotunda.) Just past Woolsey, at the intersection of College and Wall, on your left you will see Stoeckel Hall, a yellow and red brick building in the Venetian Gothic style. The entrance is set back on the right side of the building.

From the South via Route 15: Take exit 57. Drive east on Route 34 (Derby Avenue) for 5 miles to the fork of Derby Ave. and George St. (~2/10 mile past the major intersection at Derby and Ella T. Grasso/rte 34/rte 10). Bear right onto George (one way). Continue for nearly 1 mile and turn left onto York St. Drive to the third traffic light (at Elm). Turn right onto Elm St. and proceed to the second light (at College). Turn left onto College Street. At the end of the first block, on the right-hand side, Stoeckel Hall is a yellow and red brick building in the Venetian Gothic style. The entrance is set back on the right side of the building. For best parking, turn right on Wall St., go one block, then right on Temple, and the parking lot is immediately on the right. Exit the parking lot by one of the pedestrian pathways at the far end of the lot, turn right, and Stoeckel will be on your right.

From the South and West via Interstate 95: Take I-91 (the Hartford/Springfield exit) and continue for a short distance on 91 to exit 3 (Trumbull Street), get in the middle lane, and continue on Trumbull. For best parking, turn left on Temple, go past Grove, and enter the parking lot on the right, just past Wall St. Exit the parking lot by one of the pedestrian pathways at the far end of the lot, turn right, and Stoeckel will be on your right. To drive directly to Stoeckel, go to the end of Trumbull. Turn left onto Prospect and proceed to the next light. (Prospect here becomes College Street, at the Woolsey Hall Rotunda.) Just past Woolsey, at the intersection of College and Wall, on your left you will see Stoeckel Hall, a yellow and red brick building in the Venetian Gothic style. The entrance is set back on the right side of the building.

From the North and East via Interstate 95: Take Downtown New Haven, exit 47 (Route 34/Oak Street Connector). Drive to the end of the connector and turn right onto York Street. Drive to the third traffic light (at Elm). Turn right onto Elm Street. Proceed to the second light (at College). Turn left onto College Street. At the end of the first block, on the right-hand side, Stoeckel Hall is a yellow and red brick building in the Venetian Gothic style. The entrance is set back on the right side of the building. For best parking, turn right on Wall St., go one block, then right on Temple, and the parking lot is immediately on the right. Exit the parking lot by one of the pedestrian pathways at the far end of the lot, turn right, and Stoeckel will be on your right.

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