Local Singings

Copyright Laura Densmore 2009

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)       Berks County Singing has resumed.

This singing meets the third and fourth Sundays of each month from 5:30-8 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 is currently CANCELLED due to Covid.

Birmingham Monthly Meeting requires all persons using its meetinghouse to comply with the then current PA Dept. of Health’s Covid-19 guidelines and CDC’s Covid-19 recommendations. To ensure that all of those guidelines and recommendations be followed by all singers at all times, Sacred Harp Singers who sing in its meetinghouse must be vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19.
July 11   CANCELLED due to Covid
August 1, 15 and 29   CANCELLED due to Covid

This singing meets bimonthly on Monday nights (please call before attending if the weather is bad) from 7-9pm at:

Birmingham Friends Meeting,
1245 Birmingham Rd
West Chester, PA 19382.

Contact: Laura Densmore 610 405-2485 or PASacredHarp[at]gmail.com.


ERIE AREA SINGING:      This singing is suspended.

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: Katie Eichenlaub White at 449-5311 or RevKatie52 [at] gmail.com


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 mmckenzi [at] haverford.edu


 LANCASTER AREA SACRED HARP SINGING      This singing will resume July 2021

This singing meets first and second Sundays from 3:00 PM-5:30 PM.
1855 Stony Battery Road, Mountville, PA.
Contact: Elizabeth Patton at 717 397-4762 or epatton256 [at] verizon.net or Ruth Wampler 717 471-6055  or beautifulfriend05@gmail.com



This singing meets sporadically through the year.  For information, contact Dan Hunter.
Contact: Daniel Hunter at 484 788-4634 or hunterhillfarm901 [at] gmail.com



Philadelphia singings cancelled until further notice.

Visit the Philadelphia Sacred arp and Shape-Note Singing web site.
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 phillysacredharp@gmail.com

SOUTH PHILADELPHIA CHRISTIAN HARMONY SINGING     This singing is for vaxxed singers only.

This singing meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 365 Tree Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148 from 7pm to 9 pm.  Parking can be a problem, call Ben for the best place to look for spaces.  Singing is from the 2010 Christian Harmony.  Loaners are available.  Contact Ben Fink at 612 840-0141 or ben.fink [at] gmail.com

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



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 pgh_sacred_harp@fastmail.net or 412-371-5898 or 412 310-9167



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  (Vaxx, or wear a mask.)

This singing will resume beginning April 11, 2022.

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: Rock Hill School, 1518 Brush Valley Rd, Centre Hall, PA 16828.

For GPS:  go to intersection of Rock Hill Rd and Brush Valley Rd, turn right, schoolhouse is on right

For more information, please contact Barb Vander Jagt at 814-932-8273 or
yeeaahaa [at] yahoo.com.