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The Potomac River Sacred Harp Singers 
       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.
         Potomac River/DC Sacred Harp Singers meet in Capitol Hill, 3rd Tuesdays and 4th Sundays of most months (Sundays sponsored by Folklore Society of Greater Washington). Find all the details on upcoming singings at the DC Shape Note Singing Page.
Current Meeting Place: Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003. Street parking.

Present Joys/Blessings Past
Two-CD Recording of The Ninth Annual Potomac River Sacred Harp Singing Convention
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The Potomac River Sacred Harp Singers' Logo    1995 Miriam A. Kilmer

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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