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Welcome to the Shape Note Singing community in Minneapolis and Saint Paul!

Shape Note Singing is a unique form of  musical expression that originated in early America. Here are just a few things that make this musical tradition unique:


  • We are not a choir: we sing for ourselves and each other 
  • All songs are sung a cappella (with no instruments)
  • Singers sit facing each other across a “hollow square” and take turns leading songs
  • The music is printed with notes of different shapes, each shape corresponds to a syllable:
    fa, sol, la, or mi
  • Participants are free to (and do) sing loudly!
  • No musical experience or religious affiliation is required to sing with us

If you are interested, feel free to join us Tuesday and Sunday evenings. Come and go as you please. There are no official membership or attendance requirements. The “group” is made up of the singers who attend on any given day. Copies of the Sacred Harp tunebook are available to borrow during the singings. We usually have between 20-40 singers at any given singing.

TWO IMPORTANT SCHEDULING NOTES:

  • Our annual two-day convention is this weekend (September 26-27), and thus there will be no singing on Sunday night this weekend at University Baptist Church.
  • Our Sunday night singings will move to a new time starting Sunday, October 11; all Sunday night singings will be 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (except first Sundays in Duluth).
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