Ninth Annual 'Sacred Harp Sing' to be Held Feb. 6

Feb. 2, 2010

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Baylor University will host the ninth annual Sacred Harp Sing at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Piper Great Hall of George W. Truett Theological Seminary on the Baylor campus.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is a 160-year-old Southern folk hymn tradition. Sacred Harp Sing uses shape-note notation used in the Sacred Harp, a tune book compiled in 1844 by B.F. White and E.J. King. Participants will use the 1991 edition of the Sacred Harp.

"The songs in [the Sacred Harp] are in shape notes, with a different shape and syllable assigned to each pitch of the musical scale," explained Dr. David Music, professor of church music at Baylor. "Most of the songs have religious texts, and many of them are familiar hymns, such as Amazing Grace and What Wondrous Love is This."

In 2000, the Sacred Harp Sing began at Baylor when several veteran Sacred Harp singers decided to bring a sing event to the campus. The following year, the Baylor Center for Christian Music Studies took over sponsorship.

"This is a bit of American musical heritage that is becoming more widespread all the time," Music said. "Once restricted to the Southern states, Sacred Harp sings are now found in California, Chicago, New England and even Great Britain. Though originating among Protestants, it has become popular with all sorts of people, including Roman Catholics, Jews and atheists."

George W. Truett Theological Seminary is located at 1100 S. Third St.

For more information on the tradition of Sacred Harp, visit

For more information regarding the event, contact Music at (254) 710-2360 or

by Colton Wright, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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