Sat-Sun 9-10 Mar 2013
Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention
Sat 23 Mar 2013
Vermont State Singing
Sat 20 Apr 2013
Rhode Island All-Day Singing
Sun 21 Apr 2013
New Haven All-Day Singing
Connecticut Hall, Yale University
Sat 11 May 2013
Boston All-Day Singing
Fri-Sat 17-18 May 2013
Garden State Convention
Sat 1 Jun 2013
Shaker Meetinghouse and Francis Bliss Birthday Singing
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, ME
Sat 6 Jul 2013
Pioneer Valley All-Day Singing
Sat-Sun 27-28 Jul 2013
Maine All-Day Singing (Saturday)
D.H. Mansfield American Vocalist Singing (Sunday)
Sat 14 Sep 2013
New York City All-Day Singing
New York, NY
Sat-Sun 5-6 Oct 2013
New England Convention
Hosted by Maine
Sat-Sun 19-20 Oct 2013
New York State Sacred Harp Convention
Sat 9 Nov 2013
Berkshire Foothills All-Day Singing
Wed-Th 27-28 Nov 2013
Cornucopia All-Night Singing
Sat-Sun 25-26 Jan 2014
Sat 8 Feb 2014
Plymouth All-Day Singing
East Sandwich, MA
During the school year we sing weekly 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.
[SUMMER BREAK LOCATION] We sing in Room 103 of Linsly-Chittenden Hall on the campus of Yale University. This room is subject to change, but if we aren't in Room 103, a sign will tell you where to go! Linsly-Chittenden Hall (also known as LC) is located at 63 High Street (between Chapel and Elm) in New Haven. LC is a brownstone building with entrances on High Street and on Yale's Old Campus. Driving directions can be found at the bottom of the page.
We're singing Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, with a break somewhere around 8:00.
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.
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.
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.
To learn more about YNHRS, contact Ian Quinn.
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.
Route 15 (Wilbur Cross/Merrit Parkways):
From North: Take Exit 61. Drive south on Whitney Avenue for approximately five miles. Turn right on Sachem Street at the Peabody Museum traffic light. Continue to next traffic light (at Prospect Street) and turn left. Proceed for two blocks until Prospect Street becomes College Street at the Woolsey Hall Rotunda. Continue for three blocks to Chapel Street and turn right. Take the next right onto High Street. Linsley-Chittenden Hall will be the first building on your right at 63 High Street
From South: Take Exit 57. Drive east on Route 34 (Derby Avenue) for approximately five miles past the Yale Athletic Fields). Take a left onto Route 10 North, Ella T. Grasso Boulevard. Proceed to fifth traffic light, and turn right onto Whalley Avenue. Continue straight for 1.3 miles. Whalley becomes Broadway, and Broadway becomes Elm Street. Turn right onto College Street and then take another right onto Chapel Street. High Street will be the first street on your right and Linsley-Chittenden Hall(LC) will be on the right side of the street at 63 High Street.
From North: Turn off the turnpike at I-91 North (Hartford, Springfield Exit) and continue for a short distance on I-91 to Trumbull Street, Exit 3. Take Exit 3 (Trumbull Street Exit). Continue to end of Trumbull Street to the fourth traffic light. Turn left onto Prospect Street and continue for one block. Prospect Street becomes College Street at this point. Continue for three blocks to Chapel Street and turn right. Take the next right onto High Street. Linsley-Chittenden Hall will be the first building on your right at 63 High Street.
From South: Take Downtown New Haven Exit 47. Proceed to the 3rd exit and the city streets. Turn right onto York Street and then take another right onto George Street. Take a left onto High Street and Linsley-Chittenden Hall (LC) will be the first building on your right at 63 High Street.
From North: Take Exit 3 (Trumbull Street Exit). Keep on Trumbull Street past the third traffic light. Turn left onto Temple Street and then take another right onto Chapel Street after 0.5 mile. Turn right onto High Street and Linsley-Chittenden Hall (LC) will be the first building on your right at 63 High Street.