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The Potomac River Sacred Harp Singers

The Potomac River Sacred Harp Singers' Logo    1995 Miriam A. Kilmer
       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 Harmony (Deason-Parris revision). Other shape-note tune books and contemporary shape-note compositions are occasionally used.

26th Annual Potomac River Sacred Harp Convention!

      Lift your 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 Facebook page!

        Ordinarily, the Potomac River Sacred Harp Singers adhere to the following routine:

       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., Alexandria, Virginia.
       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 Metrobus 28A
(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
toward Washington.
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.
My Early Experience With Sacred Harp
By Dottie Hurley
Tim Slattery leads a tune Tim Slattery leads a tune
Frank Evans passes the hat
Present Joys/Blessings Past
Two-CD Recording of The Ninth Annual Potomac River Sacred Harp Singing Convention
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Singing Sacred Harp

       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 the Spirit.
       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
~ Anne Pratt

Potomac River Sacred Harp Singings and Schools of the Past

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