Useful Websites

The Christian Harmony website, now for both editions, maintained by Mary Baumeister and others. Information, schedules, and minutes of singings from both the 1873 Walker edition of Christian Harmony in western North Carolina and the Deason-Parris Christian Harmony in Alabama and Mississippi (information on Al-MS singings supplied by Tim Cook). There are also sections presenting recipes, ordering information for tunebooks and CDs, and verses that are not in the tunebooks.

The Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association (SHMHA) sponsors this web site. SHMHA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is the preservation and perpetuation of Sacred Harp singing and its traditions. SHMHA’s interests include Sacred Harp music, history, traditional singing practices, singing schools, singings, and singing conventions.

A complete list of other hymn books, recordings, books of history, hymn poetry, etc., and how to locate and purchase most items, can be found in the Sacred Harp and Related Resource Guide maintained by Professor Warren Steel at the University of Mississippi.

Voices Across America, is a project of June Melton, who travels around the U.S. in search of musicians performing Christian music such as traditional hymns, gospel, spirituals, bluegrass, and Sacred Harp. There are now many interesting shape-note singing field recordings in the Sacred Harp category.

Shape-Note Pages of Ishmael the Fiddler, aka F. Ishmael J. M. Stefanov-Wagner. Ishmael the Fiddler has several informative pages on his Web site at MIT. One is entitled Shape-Note Historical Background, and explains the history of the shapes in shape-note singing. It has informative photos of pages from the Bay Psalme Book, John Tufts'sIntroduction to the Singing of Psalm-Tunes, and Andrew Law's Musical Primer.

A Check-List of Shape-Note Hymnals in the Rare Book Collection of the Alderman Library, University of Virginia, compiled by Mary Bhame Pope, 1980. This list provides interesting information about a large number of shape-note tunebooks and hymnals (including shape-note gospel hymnals).


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