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Mark your calendars for these upcoming events
Sunday Afternoon Singing in Elsah IL, October 26, 1:30 to 4 PM at Farley's Music Hall, at 44 Mill St, in Elsah IL, (GPS: 38.955459, -90.359914). The singing will be followed by a potluck dinner at Les and Patti Sontag's house, 23 LaSalle St, in Elsah. Here's another map. For more information, contact Les or Patti Sontag at 618-374-2165.

The annual meeting of the board of directors of Wings of Song (our not-for-profit corporaton) will be on Monday, October 27, 7PM at the St. Louis Bread Company, 21 Allen Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119, on Lockwood between Gore and Rock Hill. All St. Louis singers are invited to attend.

Congratulations to Ann Leckie, long time St. Louis singer, author of Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword, and winner of the 2014 Hugo Award, Nebula Award, Arthur C Clarke Award and British Science Fiction Writers Award (Wow!). Here is an interview with Ann at Wired magazine's "Geek's Guide to the Galaxy", or visit

The St. Louis Shape Note Singers are a loose affiliation of singers in the old colonial and southern tradition of Sacred Harp singing. We usually sing from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Denson edition, as well as from The Missouri Harmony, 2005 edition, tunebooks whose origins date from the early 1800s. The St. Louis Shape Note Singers are one of several dozen active shape note singing groups across the country and around the world, some continuously active for over 100 years and some only recently organized.

Following this tradition, we do not have auditions, rehearsals or performances as such. We simply gather to sing the music we love. Musical talent or training is not required. We are entirely non-denominational as well, welcoming all regardless of creed or lack thereof.

We normally meet to sing on the first, third, and fifth Monday evenings each month, from 7 PM until 9:30 PM, at various locations in the St. Louis area. Please check the current schedule page for dates and locations. Call Dave at 314-776-7477 or e-mail Paul at for details and for any updates on times and locations.

Every year, shape note singing groups host their annual "convention", an all-day or two-day singing at which all singers are welcome. The St. Louis Shape Note Singers host the annual two-day Missouri Convention each year on the 2nd Sunday in March and the Saturday before, at St John UCC in Pinckney Township MO. Our next convention will be March 7 and 8, 2015. Singers come from all over the United States and Canada, and some from overseas. A complete schedule of singing conventions (and many other resources) is available at

For more general information about shape note and Sacred Harp singing, visit You can listen here, here or here.

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