On Saturday, Oc. 19, First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe is hosting the Southeast Sacred Harp Singing Convention beginning at 10 a.m. ET in the Fellowship Hall. After the sing, please stay and enjoy dinner on the grounds.
Sacred Harp is a uniquely American tradition that brings communities together to sing four-part hymns and anthems without any musical accompaniment. It is a proudly inclusive and democratic part of our shared cultural heritage.
All events welcome beginners and newcomers, with no musical experience or religious affiliation required — in fact, the tradition was born from colonial “singing schools” whose purpose was to teach beginners to sing and 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.
The singers sit in a hollow square formation with one voice part on each side, all facing inwards so they can see and hear each other. No musical instruments, other than voices, are used. Visitors are always welcome even if they participate just as listeners. Come and be a part of this great American tradition.