Sacred Harp Iowa

Sacred Harp Iowa

15th Annual Iowa All-Day Singing - April 2, 2016, at Des Moines, Iowa.     

The 2016 singing will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, April 2, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4114 Allison Ave., DM 50310.  The church is on the corner of Allison and Beaver avenues.
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., with Dinner on the Grounds at noon.  All are welcome, regardless of experience, at any time during the day.  Loaner books will be available. If you need more information or assistance, please contact Eric Saylor, who is this year's Chair, or Annie Grieshop.

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Regular Singing in Iowa:

Cedar Rapids:   Third Saturdays - 1-3 p.m. - Kenwood Park United Methodist Church, 175 34th St. NE in Cedar Rapids.  The church is set well back from the street.  Both the entrance and a deep parking lot (accessible from 34th St.) are on the north side of the church. Books provided.  All are welcome; no experience is required.  Please bring a snack to share, if you can.  And bring a friend, too!  Info: Gaile or Bryan

Fairfield: Every Sunday - location varies. Info: Jennifer Hamilton, email or (641) 472-8422.   

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All-day Singings in the Midwest:

    (Click here for a complete, international listing of annual singings.  And if you need more contact info for any of the singings below, drop me a note.)

Updates coming soon -- for a full list, visit

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Regular Local Singings in other places:

Click here for information about regular monthly singings in other places, including...

Madison, WI: First and third Sundays - 3-5 p.m. - Grace Episcopal Church Guild Hall, 116 W. Washington Ave.

Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN: nearly every Tuesday and Sunday, one place or the other. Info:

St. Louis, MO: singing in the St. Louis area and throughout Missouri.

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Check out these Links for more information about Sacred Harp singing.

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What is Sacred Harp singing? 

Also known as "shapenote" or "fasola" singing, you can think of it as Do-It-Yourself Choral Singing for those who just love to sing, beginners and proficient alike. 

We sing because we love to sing, and the Sacred Harp is a fabulous collection of music to sing from.  It is not a religious service, although it is spiritually invigorating.  Certainly, it is a whole lot of fun.

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Who to contact in Iowa?

I'm always happy to chat about Sacred Harp and help folks get in touch with other singers.  Please feel free to contact me about that or to submit additional information (or corrections) for this page by email or snailmail.  Thanks!  Annie