Professional Development for Teachers

Sacred Harp Singing School and Community Singing/Potluck Luncheon

Singers and history buffs alike will thoroughly enjoy this annual event!  Sacred Harp Singing, sometimes also called ‘"fa-so-la" or shape-note singing, involves singing parts without instrumental accompaniment.  The repertoire includes psalms, fugues, odes, and anthems by the first American composers (1770-1810) as well as folk songs and revival hymns (1810-1860).   It is a non-denominational community music event that emphasizes participation, not expertise.

Sacred Harp Singing School: Friday, July 19, 10AM – 4PM

Community Singing and Potluck Luncheon: Saturday, July 20, 10AM - 4PM

At Friday’s “singing school,” a clinician will instruct beginners and experienced practitioners in the history, tradition, and performance practices of this authentic piece of Americana.  Participants will also view the documentary Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp. Participation in the singing school is free but advanced registration is required. Download a registration form by clicking here. Registration can also be taken over the phone by calling 678-466-4491.   

On Saturday, July 20,  Sacred Harp singers young and old will travel from throughout the Southeast for the annual singing and potluck luncheon at Spivey Hall. Bring a covered dish to share and prepare to enjoy a soul-stirring musical experience and wonderful fellowship. Please bring your own Sacred Harp book and if you have any extras, please bring those to share! All are welcome, from beginning singers to life-long experts!   

Both Friday and Saturday’s events are free and open to the public, but advanced registration for Friday’s singing school is required. Teachers who wish to earn one PLU by participating in both days’ activities should download the PLU and mail or fax the PLU form found by clicking here. Please secure your principal’s approval and submit the form and $35 fee to Spivey Hall no later than the first day of the class.

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Admissions Policy

No one under the age of 12 is admitted to Spivey Hall concerts, unless the concert is specifically designated as being appropriate for younger children. Click here to learn more about Spivey Hall's Young People's Concerts for children in grades Pre-K through 12.