with help from many singers
Updated September 5, 2022
- Tunebooks, Music Books, and Hymnals
- Books and Booklets about Shape-Note Music
- Singing Schedules, Newsletters, and Websites of Regional Groups
- Internet Resources (not listed elsewhere)
- Recent Recordings of Traditional Singings
- Recent Recordings by Performing Groups
- Older Recordings (Pre-1977) Reissued on CDs and Internet
- Recordings with a Few Shape-Note Tunes or Arrangements
- Video Resources
- Singing Schools and Camps
- Maps of Singing Locations
- Resources for Shape-Note Composers and Publishers
- Lined-Out Hymnody and Psalmody
- English West Gallery Music
- Museum and Foundations
- The Hymn Society
indicates resources (regardless of their date of creation) added to this guide since February 20, 2021.
Compiler's Note: This guide is intended to promote interest in and knowledge about the singing of early American religious choral music published in oblong tunebooks printed (in most cases) in shaped notes. This guide focuses on music stylistically related to that in The Sacred Harp tunebooks but not on shape-note gospel music. For more information on Sacred Harp singing, consult the Sacred Harp Singing website and the Fasola.org website. Because this activity attracts many highly motivated amateur musicians, this guide strives to be a compilation of all available serious resources by amateurs as well as professionals, excluding dissertations and most journal articles. It has little or no critical review of amateur productions but does have occasional critical comments on commercial recordings by professional ensembles. This guide may be freely photocopied and distributed as long as the source is acknowledged.
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