Summer Singing in Alabama

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Posted by jesse on August 22, 2005 at 7:03 pm

Thanks to grants from two organizations, I’ve been able to travel twice to Alabama this summer to deepen my understanding of Sacred Harp and shape note music, the community singing style that has played into recent projects of mine, such as Lawrence and Shade and Rapture/Rupture, and that continues to inform my practice as an artist.

The Joe Beasley Memorial Foundation, named for a deceased Sacred Harp singer from a long-time singing family, awarded me a grant “for the preservation and promotion of Sacred Harp and shape note music” that enabled me to attend Camp Fasola, a five-day-long camp in Anniston, Alabama featuring lots of singing, and lessons on Sacred Harp history and technique.

I also received a travel grant from The Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Community, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting community-based singing from The Sacred Harp, that enabled me to travel to Alabama to attend the Camp, as well as All Day Singings in Muscadine, Henagar, Ider, and Dutton, Alabama.

I am thankful for the support of these organizations, as well as the Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association, which organizes and runs Camp Fasola.

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