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The Revision-Music Committee is pleased to share this status report on the revision of The Sacred Harp. We continue to v...
07/28/2020

The Revision-Music Committee is pleased to share this status report on the revision of The Sacred Harp. We continue to value your input and support.

Revision-Music Committee Status Report
July 2020

On October 13, 2018, the Sacred Harp Publishing Company Board of Directors unanimously approved a revision of the 1991 Edition and named David Ivey as chair of the Revision-Music Committee. This followed extensive discussions that first started five years earlier in 2013.

Going back to the first revisions of The Sacred Harp by B. F. White in the nineteenth century, it has been the practice to use a committee of singers to work the revision of our songbook. The additional members of the committee (Lauren Bock, Helen Brown, Richard Ivey, Jesse P. Karlsberg, Nathan Rees, Karen Rollins, Terry Wootten, and David Wright) were announced in April 2019.

A central feature of the revision process is the involvement of the singing community. We have held 16 town hall meetings from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Warsaw, Poland. Singers from the community have participated in two singing sessions for recording submitted songs. To date 127 singers have submitted 559 songs by 164 composers/arrangers. 124 of those composers are living or known to living singers. The remaining 40 are historic composers or sources from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The committee is evaluating songs blindly without dates or attributions to writers.

Your Revision-Music Committee has been working hard. The committee has met nine times since May 2019, and I am indebted to them for their dedication and care for the Sacred Harp community and songbook. The committee is considering every aspect of the book from cover to cover. The committee has no preset agenda other than to produce the best possible revision that will satisfy the singing public for the next 25–30 years. We hope the new book will strengthen and add energy to the community and will produce even more interest in our book.

An adjunct committee of experts was appointed in May 2019 to work on book design and production. This adjunct committee is comprised of Jesse P. Karlsberg (chair), Rachel Wells Hall, Fynn Titford-Mock, Michael Spencer, Lindy Groening, and Kate Coxon.

Our original plan was to complete the revision in late 2021. However, our progress is impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, so we are now extending that schedule by about two years. Song contributors are now requested to submit music by April 30, 2022. We hope to have an open singing session to record finalist songs for further evaluation, as was done for the 1991 revision, in the last half of 2022. We also plan to hold a celebration singing to introduce the new revision when it becomes available.

We continue to receive your inputs that are submitted by the following email or postal mail channels. Inputs provided in this way are viewed by all committee members. The email address is [email protected]. The postal address is PO Box 4243, Huntsville, AL 35815.

Finally, I thank everyone for your encouragement and the confidence that you have expressed in the committee. We value your continued support.

David Ivey

02/21/2020

Attend a town hall session this spring on the revision of The Sacred Harp! These sessions are opportunities to learn more about the revision process, ask questions of members of the revision-music committee, and offer input.

28th Annual Texas State Sacred Harp Convention
Saturday, February 22 (this weekend!), following the singing
With David Wright
Coker United Methodist Church, 231 East North Loop Rd., San Antonio, TX 78216

Tenth Ireland Sacred Harp Convention
Saturday, February 29, 4:15 pm, following the singing
With Helen Brown
St. Maries of the Isle, Bishop St., Cork, Ireland

2020 Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention
Saturday, March 7, following the singing
With Nathan Rees and Jesse P. Karlsberg
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St., Northampton, MA 01060

***CANCELLED***
Georgia State Sacred Harp Convention 2020
Saturday, March 21, following the singing
With David Ivey
Emmaus Primitive Baptist Church, Oak Grove Church Rd., Carrollton, Georgia 30117

***CANCELLED***
7th Germany Sacred Harp Convention
Saturday, May 23, following the singing
With Lauren Bock
Kirchengemeinde Rixdorf, Karl-Marx-Str. 197, 12055 Berlin, Germany

The committee will continue to hold town hall sessions throughout the revision process. We also invite you to share input on the revision or submit music for consideration via email to [email protected] or by mail to Music Committee, P.O. Box 4243, Huntsville, AL 35815.

02/18/2020

Come and help sing a batch of the songs submitted to the Revision-Music Committee!

Friday night before the Georgia State Sacred Harp Convention 2020, March 20, 6:00 pm to 8:00 or 9:00 pm ET, at Emmaus Primitive Baptist Church, Carrollton, Georgia. The singing will be recorded for use by the Committee.

As a reminder, songs may be submitted to [email protected] or by mail to P.O. Box 4243, Huntsville, AL 35815. The Committee requests that songs be submitted by September 30, 2020.

We are proud to introduce the Sacred Harp Museum's 2019 Resident Intern, Sarah Ward. Sarah, who begins her month-long in...
12/11/2019

We are proud to introduce the Sacred Harp Museum's 2019 Resident Intern, Sarah Ward. Sarah, who begins her month-long internship next week, attends Indiana University where she is pursuing a Masters of Arts in Musicology from the Jacobs School of Music and a Master of Library Science from the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. Sarah has been a Sacred Harp singer since 2006, singing mostly in the Atlanta area before joining the Bloomington Sacred Harp singers after her 2017 move to attend graduate school. Her research has centered on American music, focusing on William Billings and other early New England tunesmiths.

During her internship, Sarah will focus on enhancing access to the Sacred Harp Museum's archival collections, which include the writing and music of prominent singers and composers such as Ruth Denson Edwards, Alfred Marcus Cagle, and Hugh McGraw. Sarah brings considerable experience: she served as assistant to the rare books cataloger at Emory University's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, library assistant at the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University, image and metadata specialist on a CLIR grant-funded “hidden collection” digitizing captured Russian military maps, and a special projects intern in cultural sustainability at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage where she worked on metadata development, user experience design, and digital curation. Additional relevant library positions include: Visiting Subject Liaison in Anthropology, Sociology, and Folklore at Indiana University, and the library coordinator for the Marian K. Heilbrun Music & Media Library at Emory. Sarah also brings a wide range of relevant technical skills to the Sacred Harp Museum internship, complementing her extensive experience.

Join us in welcoming Sarah to the Sacred Harp Museum and thanking her for taking on this responsibility!

11/14/2019
Charlene Wallace - April 17, 1929-October 18, 2019

Charlene Wallace was a superb alto, a stalwart supporter of singings in her community, and a continual promoter of Sacred Harp. She was also the moving force behind the Sacred Harp Museum, building the collection, maintaining the facility, and creating an unparalleled resource in the meticulous scrapbooks that she compiled over decades. Her deep love for Sacred Harp singing and her sincere desire to preserve its heritage will always inspire all of us who have been so lucky to learn from the collection that she founded.

Thanks to everyone who came to see "Composer Compilers" this past weekend! Especially delighted to share Sacred Harp's r...
09/11/2019

Thanks to everyone who came to see "Composer Compilers" this past weekend! Especially delighted to share Sacred Harp's rich heritage with singers from around the world. Special thanks to the generous support from @pittslibrary and @emoryrosemarbl and to curators @nathankrees and @jpkarlsberg @ Emory University Performing Arts Studio

Come see our exhibition, "Composer Compilers from the Sacred Harp" at the United Sacred Harp Musical Association this we...
09/05/2019

Come see our exhibition, "Composer Compilers from the Sacred Harp" at the United Sacred Harp Musical Association this weekend!

The Sacred Harp Museum is collaborating with Emory University's Pitts Theology Library and Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library to display more than twenty tunebooks—published between 1781 and 2012—that were compiled by familiar figures from The Sacred Harp.

Pitts Theology Library Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library 116th Convention of the United Sacred Harp Musical Association

08/22/2019

Upcoming Town Hall Sessions on the Revision of the Sacred Harp

Members of the committee revising The Sacred Harp will be holding town hall sessions at several singing conventions this fall. We invite you to attend to learn more about the progress the committee is making and the timeline for the revision. Each session is also an opportunity for singers to ask questions and offer input on the revision process.

Central Ontario Sacred Harp Convention
Friday, August 23 (Tomorrow!), 6 pm
With Lauren Bock
Friends House, 60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto ON M5R 1C7

United Sacred Harp Musical Association
Saturday, September 7, following the singing
With David Ivey
Performing Arts Studio, Emory University, 1804 N Decatur Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

United Kingdom Sacred Harp Convention
Saturday, September 14, following the singing
With Helen Brown and David Wright
Trinity Centre Trinity Road, Bristol, BS2 0NW

Poland Sacred Harp Convention
Saturday, September 21, following the singing
With Helen Brown
Centrum Konferencyjne Kopernika, Kopernika street 30, Warsaw

New England Sacred Harp Convention
Saturday, October 5, following the singing
With Lauren Bock and Jesse P. Karlsberg
1870 Town Hall, 12 Woodward Ave, Berlin, MA 01503

The committee will continue to hold town hall sessions throughout the duration of the revision process. We also invite you to share input on the revision or submit music for consideration via email to [email protected] or by mail to Music Committee, P.O. Box 4243, Huntsville, AL 35815.

Sharing from the Sacred Harp Museum's Instagram feed - Follow us @sacredharpmuseum Happy Father's Day! Sacred Harp compo...
06/16/2019

Sharing from the Sacred Harp Museum's Instagram feed - Follow us @sacredharpmuseum

Happy Father's Day! Sacred Harp composers E. Leon McGraw (left) and his father Lee A. McGraw (right). Other father and child composers include B. F. White + children D. P., J. L., and B. F. White Jr.; J. R. Turner + son W. S. Turner; R. E. Brown + son R. E. Brown Jr.; S. M. Brown + son J. C. Brown; S. M. Denson + children Robert (Bob) and S. Whitt Denson; T. J. Denson + children Paine, Annie, Maggie, Ruth, and Howard Denson; S. Whitt Denson + children Eula and Owel Denson; and H. N. McGraw + son Buford McGraw. Think of any others we missed?
#sacredharp #composers #hymnody #shapenote

Submit your music to the committee revising The Sacred Harp! Help spread the word by bringing this printable flier to yo...
05/28/2019

Submit your music to the committee revising The Sacred Harp! Help spread the word by bringing this printable flier to your local singings: http://bit.ly/submit-sacred-harp-music

Deadline Monday, May 20: Apply for the Sacred Harp Museum's resident internship! And help us spread the word about this ...
05/18/2019
Sacred Harp Museum Internship Program: Application for 2019 Intern | The Sacred Harp Publishing Company

Deadline Monday, May 20: Apply for the Sacred Harp Museum's resident internship! And help us spread the word about this opportunity!

The Sacred Harp Museum seeks an intern for month-long residency at the Sacred Harp Publishing Company Headquarters in Carrollton, Georgia, during the summer or fall of 2019. The intern will help improve the preservation and accessibility of the museum’s unparalleled … Continue reading →

Help spread the word about this opportunity to spend a month attending singings and furthering the preservation and shar...
04/28/2019
Sacred Harp Publishing Company

Help spread the word about this opportunity to spend a month attending singings and furthering the preservation and sharing of the Sacred Harp Museum's wonderful collection! Applications are due May 20.

The Sacred Harp Museum seeks an intern for month-long residency during the summer or fall of 2019. The intern will help improve the preservation and accessibility of the museum’s unparalleled collection through cataloging, archival organization and description, conservation, and the curation of an exhibition. Applications are due May 20. Spread the word, and consider applying!

The Sacred Harp Museum seeks an intern for month-long residency during the summer or fall of 2019. The intern will help ...
04/28/2019
Sacred Harp Museum Internship Program: Application for 2019 Intern | The Sacred Harp Publishing Company

The Sacred Harp Museum seeks an intern for month-long residency during the summer or fall of 2019. The intern will help improve the preservation and accessibility of the museum’s unparalleled collection through cataloging, archival organization and description, conservation, and the curation of an exhibition. Applications are due May 20. Spread the word, and consider applying!

The Sacred Harp Museum seeks an intern for month-long residency at the Sacred Harp Publishing Company Headquarters in Carrollton, Georgia, during the summer or fall of 2019. The intern will help improve the preservation and accessibility of the museum’s unparalleled … Continue reading →

04/07/2019

The Sacred Harp Publishing Company is pleased to announce the members of the Revision-Music Committee tasked with revising the Sacred Harp. David Ivey, who was appointed chair in October, has selected the following singers to serve on the committee:

Lauren Bock
Helen Brown
Richard Ivey
Jesse P. Karlsberg
Nathan Rees
Karen Rollins
Terry Wootten
David Wright

The board is grateful to these singers for agreeing to participate in the process of revising the Sacred Harp. The Revision-Music Committee continues to welcome input on the revision process via email (to [email protected]) or by letter to Revision-Music Committee, P.O. Box 4243, Huntsville, AL 35815.

Thank you,

Mike Hinton
President, Sacred Harp Publishing Company

Sharing from the Sacred Harp Museum Instagram feed - follow us @sacredharpmuseum Hugh McGraw was born on this day in 193...
02/21/2019

Sharing from the Sacred Harp Museum Instagram feed - follow us @sacredharpmuseum

Hugh McGraw was born on this day in 1931. An unparalleled singer, composer, and promoter of Sacred Harp singing, he was honored as one of the inaugural NEA National Heritage Fellows in 1982. He's pictured here at a 1960s session of the Harpeth Valley singing in Nashville, between William J. Reynolds (left) and Priestley Miller (right).
#sacredharp #nea #music #americanmusic #churchmusic

The Board of Directors has voted to increase the price of the Sacred Harp songbook by $5.00. This change will go into ef...
12/05/2018
Ordering the Sacred Harp | The Sacred Harp Publishing Company

The Board of Directors has voted to increase the price of the Sacred Harp songbook by $5.00. This change will go into effect in January 2019.

The new prices will be:

Single book: $25.00
Case of six books: $150.00

If ordering via the web page:
Single book: $25.00 + $5.00 shipping = $30.00
Single book with free soft cover “Makers of the Sacred Harp”: $26.00 + $5.00 = $31.00
Case of six books: $150.00 + $15.00 = $165.00

For the time being the current pricing of $190/case (including shipping) will continue for international orders. We’ll wait and see what changes occur with Brexit (and USPS international shipping rates) before evaluating any need to adjust the international price.

Thanks!

John Plunkett ([email protected])
SHPC Ordering Team

Buy yourself a copy of The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition: the best collection of sacred songs, hymns, odes, and anthems ever offered the singing public for general use. 1 to 5 books (domestic): $20/book + $5 for shipping via USPS … Continue reading →

We're excited to release the digital-only version of Buell Cobb's acclaimed audiobook, "Like Cords Around My Heart." For...
11/26/2018
Like Cords Around My Heart Audiobook | The Sacred Harp Publishing Company

We're excited to release the digital-only version of Buell Cobb's acclaimed audiobook, "Like Cords Around My Heart." For only $14.95, you'll be able to download mp3s of the entire audiobook—nearly fourteen hours—narrated by the author himself in his inimitable voice.

Or, if you'd prefer to have the hard-copy version, take advantage of our special holiday sale. Until the end the year, for just $27.95, you'll get the full six-disc collection, featuring two mp3 cds of the entire audiobook (playable in most computers and many car audio systems) plus four standard audio cds of the abridged version (playable in any audio system), along with a handsomely illustrated booklet, preface, and author's notes. Shipping anywhere in the United States is free!

http://originalsacredharp.com/like-cords-around-my-heart-audiobook/

By Buell Cobb Now available: Digital download only version of Like Cords. $14.95. Digital download includes: Complete downloadable audio recording of Like Cords Around My Heart in MP3 format (playable on most computers, tablets, and phones). Payment is via PayPal. … Continue reading →

"Give me a calm and thankful heart"
11/23/2018

"Give me a calm and thankful heart"

Erin Fulton, our 2018 resident intern, with the Musem's newly cataloged collection of minutes. Thanks to Erin's work, we...
11/12/2018

Erin Fulton, our 2018 resident intern, with the Musem's newly cataloged collection of minutes. Thanks to Erin's work, we're making great strides toward our collections management goals. During her last week here, Erin will be taking over our Instagram feed - stay tuned! Follow the Sacred Harp Museum on Instagram @sacredharpmuseum

10/22/2018

Inputs to the Music-Revision Committee that is revising The Sacred Harp, including recommendations of music to consider, may be sent to:

Music Committee
P.O. Box 4243
Huntsville, AL 35815

or

[email protected]

The Board of Directors of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company unanimously approved a revision of The Sacred Harp, 1991 Ed...
10/13/2018

The Board of Directors of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company unanimously approved a revision of The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. David Ivey has agreed to serve as the chair of the Music Committee. This decision builds on discussions with members of the singing community and among the board over the last several years. We anticipate that the revision process will take 4–5 years. The board is grateful to David for agreeing to take on this role and looks forward to sharing information with the community throughout the revision process.

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