Saint Louis Shape Note Singers
The St. Louis Shape Note Singers are a loose affiliation
of singers in the old colonial and southern tradition of
Sacred Harp singing using
shape note notation.
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
each year on the 2nd Sunday in March and the Saturday before, at
St John UCC
in Pinckney Township MO (11.5 miles west of Marthasville on Highway 94).
Our next convention will be Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, 2015.
Singers come from all over the United States and Canada, and sometimes from overseas.
A complete schedule of singing conventions (and many other resources)
is available at fasola.org.
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