Baylor's Sacred Harp Sing To Be Held Feb. 7

Jan. 16, 2004

by Richard Veit

Baylor University will host the third annual Sacred Harp sing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Piper Great Hall of George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

Sacred Harp singing is a 160-year-old southern folk hymn tradition that uses shape-note notation and "fa-sol-la" syllables. Named after the Sacred Harp, a tune book compiled in 1844 by B. F. White and E. J. King, Sacred Harp singing is among the musical styles featured in the movie "Cold Mountain." The Feb. 7 Baylor sing will use the 1991 edition of the Sacred Harp.

The event will be preceded by a brief singing school at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided for the participants.

The event is free and open to the public, as both singers and audience members. For more information, contact Dr. David W. Music at (254) 710-2360 or

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