Monthly Singings in the Greater Washington DC area
are sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater
Washington. Admission is always free. Listeners are
welcome, but we encourage active participation. We sing
primarily from The
Sacred Harp (1991
Edition) and Christian
revision). Other shape-note tune books and contemporary shape-note
compositions are occasionally used.
voice in song in the beautiful Potomac River valley at
the 2015 Potomac River Sacred Harp Convention! Mark your
calendars for APRIL 11
& 12, 2015 at the Great Falls Grange, 9818
Georgetown Pike (route 193), Great Falls Virginia, this
year featuring a full day of Shenandoah Harmony on
Sunday! For more information, please see the PRSHC
My Early Experience With
Potomac River Sacred Harp Singers adhere to the
We meet on
the Fourth Sunday of each month except December. Details
Singing, 4:00-8:00 PM, with a potluck
supper break at 6:00.
There is also a special big
singing on New Year's Day 12 Noon to 5:00 PM,
with a potluck dinner at 2:00 PM, at our usual
venue, First Christian Church, 2723 King St.,
Current Meeting Place: First
Christian Church, 2723 King St., Alexandria, Virginia,
is about a mile
north of the King Street Metro Station.
From the King Street Metro Station on the Yellow Line,
take Dash Bus 5 (once
an hour at 35 minutes after, e.g. 3:35) toward Van Dorn or
(twice an hour at 15 and 45 minutes after, e.g. 3:45) toward Leesburg
Pike/Tysons, alighting just beyond Janney's Lane at King
& Melrose Streets.
From downtown Alexandria, go away from the river on King
Street along the
right side of the George Washington Masonic Memorial
& just beyond Janneys
Lane the church is on the right, with parking in back.
Turn into the lot
before the church (on the east side). The west side lot
is for a nursing
From points west: I-66 E to I-495 S toward Richmond;
exit 57B to I-395 N
From Baltimore: I-295 (B-W Pkwy/Anacostia Fwy) S to
I-695 W, which becomes
I-395 S after passing the Capitol.
From points south: I-95 N to I-395 N
From I-395 (either direction), take exit 5 to King St.
and follow it east
(toward Alexandria). You will go through several traffic
lights and past
T.C. Williams High School (on your right). The church
will be on your left
(just past the Woodbine Nursing Home).
Before coming to a singing, please check the FSGW web
site, or email Miriam.
By Dottie Hurley
Two-CD Recording of The Ninth Annual
Potomac River Sacred Harp Singing Convention
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I love to sing Sacred Harp.
Something moves me; when the sound swells and
the harmony is awe-inspiring and the poetry
speaks with great power, I know I am moved by
I know many of us
define the Spirit differently, as Al Frank
[remarked]. There is mystery here, and grace,
and love. Whether we define the Spirit within
one of the many Christian traditions, or
simply feel it as the music speaks through us,
we are joined at those moments in the Sacred
Harp tradition, and the Spirit moves through
us, by the meaning of the poetry, or the grace
of God, the unfathomable mystery of the music,
or the sharing of tradition in community. We
each bring a unique experience of Sacred Harp
music to the hollow square, and together our
individual experiences join to build a
community of enormous power and joy.
And when from death I'm free,
I'll sing and joyful be;
Throughout eternity, I'll sing on.
~ "Wondrous Love"
lyrics from Dupuy's
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1811