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Monthly Harp Singing

You are invited to be a part of Middle Creek UMC's monthly harp singing! "Old harp singing" is a communal style of singing that dates back well over a century to a time when sheet music was not widely read or understood and singing groups used shape notes as a way of teaching tunes.

An old harp singing is not a performance. It is a gathering of people who enjoy singing these traditional songs and all in attendance are welcome to participate.

At a typical harp singing, you can expect to see the singers arranged in a “hollow square” with four sections (treble, alto, tenor or “lead”, and bass) each facing one another. Participants will take turns standing in the middle of the square to lead a song of their choice from The New Harp of Columbia songbook. The singers will first sing the “shapes” (do, re, me, etc.) and then follow with the words.

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We hope you'll join us on Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. to be a part of this living tradition!

Earlier Event: September 18
Women's Group Meeting
Later Event: September 23
Sunday School