Sacred Harp is a uniquely American tradition that brings communities together to sing four-part hymns and anthems. The style of singing is called “shape note singing” because the musical notes are in the shapes of ovals, squares, triangles, and diamonds—a method used in the 18th century to help those who could not read music. Sacred Harp music is sung by common folks with common voices who love to sing. The music is shared by people from all walks of life: professionals, students, tradesmen, farmers, opera singers, rocket scientists, guitar pickers, drivers of old trucks, doctors, lawyers and the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker. The voice is the sacred harp; the sound is loud, powerful, a capella, and must be experienced to fully understand it. The gatherings on the 4th Sunday of each month are not a rehearsal or a performance, but rather a chance for people to enjoy community singing and fellowship. Dayton, Ohio and Hoboken, Georgia are homes to the largest Sacred Harp groups in the country!”