If you’re interested in learning more about Shape Note music (and the best way to learn is to start singing yourself!) there are numerous singing groups that meet in Pennsylvania. Some groups meet weekly or monthly, and there are also a number of larger singings during the year; new singers are always welcome, no auditions and no singing experience necessary.
If you would like us to provide information about a singing, drop us a line at pasacredharp[at]gmail.com. Contact information for groups is provided when available.
BERKS COUNTY SINGING (near Reading)
This singing meets the third and fourth Sundays of each month from 6:30-9 PM at Exeter Friends Meeting at:
191 Meetinghouse Road
Douglassville, PA 19518
For more information contact Ted Stokes at 610-689-4083 or EdwardBStokes [at] gmail.com.
BRANDYWINE VALLEY SACRED HARP SINGING (south of West Chester)
This singing meets bimonthly on Monday nights (please call before attending) from 7-9pm at:
Birmingham Friends Meeting,
1245 Birmingham Rd
West Chester, PA 19382.
Contact: Laura Densmore 610 793-5102 or PASacredHarp[at]gmail.com.
February 8, 22
March 7, 21
April 4, 18
May 9, 23
June 6, 27
ALL JULY SINGING FOR BIRMINGHAM CANCELLED DUE TO RENOVATION OF MEETINGHOUSE.
August 1, 15, 29
October 10, 31
November 14, 28
ENDLESS MOUNTAIN SHAPE NOTE SINGERS, Wilkes-Barre, PA
This singing meets one Sunday a month at St. Stephen’s Church, 33
South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
Contact: David Martin, 570 333-4007 or martin2411 [at] yahoo.com
Website: Endless Mountains Shape Note Singers
ERIE AREA SINGING
This singing usually meets the fourth Sunday of each month at a local singer’s home
from 2-5 PM. In November, the meeting date is the third Sunday to avoid Thanksgiving,
and in December the date is the second Sunday to avoid the Christmas holidays.
Call to confirm the dates.
Contact: Gerry Hoffman at 814-734-5950 or cabanaman77 [at] gmail.com
5170 Crane Rd.
Edinboro, PA 16412
HAVERTOWN SINGING (near Philadelphia)
This singing meets second Fridays of each month from 7:30-9:30 PM at St. James United
Church of Christ, 135 Myrtle Ave, Havertown, PA 19083.
Contact: Marian McKenzie at 610 896-1565 or mmckenzie [at] friendshaverford.org
LANCASTER AREA SACRED HARP SINGING
This singing meets first Sundays from 2:30-5 PM.
1855 Stony Battery Road, Mountville, PA.
Contact: Elizabeth Patton at 717 397-4762 or epatton256 [at] verizon.net
LEHIGH VALLEY SINGING
This singing meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 7-9 PM. Singing from the Denson and Shenandoah Harmony books.
9 North Second Street, Easton, PA.
Contact: Daniel Hunter at 494 788-4634 or hunterhillfarm901 [at] gmail.com
Visit the Philadelphia Sacred Harp and Shape-Note Singing web site.web page.
UNIVERSITY CITY SINGERS
This GROUP meets for singing and a potluck supper on second Sundays from 5:00-8:30 PM at the parish hall of St. Mary’s, at Penn, 3916 Locust Walk on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Please bring a potluck dish to share if you are able. Go to the cloister door and ring the buzzer on the Philly Shape Note sign. See map at phillysacredharp.org/events/ Contact Rachel Hall at 215 605-1621 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WEST PHILADELPHIA SINGING
This sing meets fourth Thursdays at 7:30 each month at A-Space in West Philadelpia,
located at 4722 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143. Contact Elizabeth Stokes at
610-639-1326 or at elizabethastokes [at] gmail.com
PITTSBURGH SACRED HARP SINGERS
This singing meets the second Saturday of every month from 1:30-4:30 PM at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Centre and Morewood Avenues in Pittsburgh.
Contact: Penny Anderson email@example.com or 412-371-5898 or 412 310-9167
SOMERSET COUNTY SINGING
This singing meets second Thursdays of each month at Mount Union Church
at the corner of Turkey Foot Trail Road and Mount Union Road, near Rockwood
in Somerset County, PA. In January, February and March they meet at
Kingwood Church of God, Rte 281, south of Somersett (because it’s heated!)
For more information, contact Linda Marker at 814-352-8029, or:
mt_union_sacred_harp_singers [at] yahoo.com
Website: Mount Union Church
STATE COLLEGE SINGING
Visit the Central Pennsylvania Sacred Harp web page
This singing meets from 7:00-8:30 pm on second and fourth Mondays
of the month at: University Mennonite Church, 1606 Norma St., State College, PA 16801.
For more information, please contact Hal Kunkel at 814-360-2162 or
hal.kunkel [at] gmail.com.