Savannah Sacred Harp Singers

Old-time songs sung powerfully

What are these people doing?

 

Despite the name, we don't play harps! Sacred Harp is a uniquely American musical tradition that brings people together to sing four-part hymns and anthems.

We are not re-creating or re-enacting historical events. This is a living, breathing, ongoing tradition passed directly to us by generations of singers, many gone on before and many still living.

We welcome beginners and newcomers, with no musical experience or religious affiliation required — in fact, this tradition was born from colonial “singing schools” whose purpose was to teach beginners to sing and our methods continue to reflect this goal. Though Sacred Harp is not affiliated with any denomination, it is a deeply spiritual experience for all involved, and functions as a religious observance for many singers.

Sacred Harp “singings” are not performances. There are no rehearsals and no separate seats for an audience. Every singing is a unique and self-sufficient event with a different group of assembled participants. We sit in a hollow square with one voice part on each side, all facing inwards so we can see and hear each other. However, visitors are always welcome to sit anywhere in the room and participate as listeners. Or better yet, grab a book and sing along!

 

Here's an excellent video that describes what this all about!