Sacred Harp Singing

Oxford, Mississippi

The closing song, March 9, 2014. Photo by Yaeko Takada.

We invite you to the annual all-day Oxford Sacred Harp singing to be held on Sunday, March 9, 2025, beginning at 9:45 am, at the Lafayette County Arena, 70 Buddy East Parkway (CR 406). The singing, which takes place annually on the second Sunday in March, attracting singers from Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and other states, is sponsored by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. For further information, email Warren Steel at

From the east (Tupelo, Alabama), take US 278 (hwy 6). As you approach Oxford, turn left at the first stoplight onto Buddy East Parkway. Go 900 feet and take the second left (the driveway to the Arena). From north or south (hwy 7). Take exit for US 278 (hwy 6) East (Pontotoc), turn right at the first stoplight onto Buddy East Parkway. Go 900 feet and take the second left (the driveway to the Arena).
Coordinates: Lat 34.355113234691466, Long -89.48457281208715

[ Photographs of the 2010 singing (Martha Beverly) ]

Minutes of the 2024 Singing

Lafayette County Arena
Oxford, Mississippi
March 10, 2024

The annual Oxford Sacred Harp Singing was held in the Lafayette County Arena on the second Sunday in March. The class was called to order by Warren Steel leading 48t and 74b. Garrett Herndon offered the morning prayer. Mark Davis led 114 and 209. Lisa Geist was appointed secretary; Drew McGuire, arranging committee. Leaders: Mark Davis 103, 42; Anne Steel 318, 73t; Mark Tew 108t, 313t; Garrett Herndon 270, 36b; Lisa Geist 527, 269; Larry Ballinger 97 (for Earl Ballinger), 56t; Drew McGuire 421, 30b; Will McGuire 181, 121; Susan Dickey 81t, 59; Charlie McGuire 398, 292; Curtis Gregory 323b, 341.


Drew McGuire brought the class to order leading 373. Leaders: Henry McGuire 498, 56b; Will Gatewood 450, 460; Chuck Howell 440, 569b; Kim Funderburk 47b, 72b; Valerie Gatewood 49b, 143; Suzy Bishop 312t, 354b; Warren Steel 229, 228; Mark Davis 472, 283; Anne Steel 512, 348b.


Warren Steel called the afternoon session to order leading 396. A brief memorial lesson was held, commemorating those deceased since March 2023, including Ester Mann, Bobby Neyman, Dan Brittain, Cora Sweatt, Marlon Wootten and Joan Ward. The sick and shut-in were also remembered, Liz Van Horn and Earl Ballinger. Mark Davis led 65 for the deceased. Leaders: Mark Tew 203, 406; Garrett Herndon 120, 481; Lisa Geist 276, 528; Larry Ballinger 448t, 448b; Drew McGuire 134, 475; Susan Dickey 49t, 128; Connor Foley 127, 61; Curtis Gregory 40, 119; Henry McGuire 536, 60; Will Gatewood 361, 362; Chuck Howell 84, 63; Kim Funderburk 135, 312b; Valerie Gatewood 198, 159. Following announcements, the officers led the closing song on 288, and the class was dismissed with prayer by Mark Davis.

Chairman - Warren Steel,
Vice-Chairman - Mark Davis,
Secretary - Lisa Geist

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