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Free Monthly Shaped Note Sing
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Local contact: Prof Neely Bruce, Wesleyan. [email protected]   Wesleyan event information line: 860-685-2578



Participatory community sing, traditional shaped note music from the Southern Appalachian tradition


Date & time: First Sunday of each month, 4 pm - 6 pm


Location: Wesleyan University, Downey House

294 High Street, corner of Court and High (Free parking)

Middletown, CT 06457

Cost: Free


Community singing to experience the traditional 4-part music of the New England Singing Masters, carried to the South in the Sacred Harp hymnal (Copies available on loan to singers). The group meets the first Sunday of each month.

This music was featured in the Academy award nominated "Cold Mountain," in "O, Brother, Where art thou" and in "Songcatcher" This session is led by Prof Neely Bruce of Wesleyan’s Music Department or other experienced song-leaders. Come to hear and to sing !

Shaped Note music uses a notation handed down from the 16th century and perpetuated through the itinerant singing teachers of our new nation in the 18th century. The music, however, is easily read and sung on a regular music staff. This singing meeting is one of many held in various parts of the USA. For further information about Shaped Note traditions and publications, go to



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