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153rd Union Sacred Harp Musical Convention

June 13, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Please join us for the 153rd session of the Union Sacred Harp Musical Convention, also known as the Annual June Singing

This event has its Georgia roots dating back to the 1800s when the mostly farm families would journey to communities or campgrounds and spend several days engaged in what is known as Sacred Harp or “shape note” singing, a singing system that uses four-part harmonies. The music is written in shape notes, so each pitch is represented by a shape and a name. Instead of “do-re-mi,” Sacred Harp uses “fa-sol-la.” For example, “fa” is represented by a triangle, “la” by a square. Singers take turns leading the group with a simplified form of conducting. The system was designed for common folk who did not know how to read sheet music.

Singing will begin promptly at 10:00 AM and will feature selections from the 1991 Denson Revision Song Book. Participants will break for lunch at 12:00 PM and will resume singing at 1:00 PM, ending at 3:00 PM. Singing will be in the City Hall Rotunda to take advantage of the incredible acoustic qualities the space provides.

Please note that the traditional “dinner on the ground,” a covered dish event, will not be held this year. Instead, participants are encouraged to either bring their own sack lunch or visit one of the many restaurants within walking distance of City Hall. No water or beverages will be provided during the event, so please bring your own.

COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted at Alpharetta City Hall; however, participants are welcome to wear masks at their discretion. Sanitizing stations are available.


June 13, 2021
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Alpharetta City Hall
2 Park Plaza
Alpharetta, GA 30005 United States
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