Rocky Mountain Shapenote Singers
FASOLA : The National Shapenote Web site
–Fa (a flag shaped note)
-SO (a round note)
-La (a box shaped note) web page is the shapenoter's communication and information site.
All sources known to shapenote lovers have links from here and you may subscribe
to an active "chat" line that will answer all your questions and much more.
High Desert Harmony - 4 original songs by
Daniel Davis - University of New Mexico
Sorroco (2002), Ojo Caliente (1999), La Bajada (1999), Sleeping Ute Mountain (2004)
Steven Smith's pages contain examples of music
Shapenote music index CD's and
Editor: Pete Mathewson
417 Carson Avenue
La Junta, CO 81050
Cell: 719-469-5241 end_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting
(articles and inclusions gratefully accepted)
email Pete with your email address and receive it online
Contact: Hill Grimmett
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3119 9th Street, Boulder
usually on the 2nd. Friday from 7 - 9:00pm
Please confirm before you come OR Send MaryLou an email to be added to her notification list
1405 So. Vine St., at East Arkansas Avenue
For a map and driving directions, see
Easy, quick access from I-25 University Blvd. exit.
Enter the building through the North-facing Arkansas-Avenue entrance.
Effective September 2009 the Denver Group will cease the regular monthly singings it has
traditionally held on the 4th Sunday of the month. It will continue singing in Denver every
Monday evenings (except the first Monday of the month) from 6:40 – 8:40.
The Denver singing
group is delighted to arrange special singings, in addition to the regular Monday evening
singings, for out of town visitors to the Denver/Boulder area whenever possible.
Out of town singers please call
Sharon Kermiet at 303-704-8323 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting or email her at
email@example.com to arrange a special singing.
Singing books include red (The Sacred Harp), blue (Sacred Harp by B.F.White) and black (Norumbega Harmony)
All books will be at the singings as loaners
Everyone is welcome! If you are interested in Sacred Harp and other traditional American singing styles,
we hope you
will join us.
And if you like to sing in any style, or if you're just curious, you're welcome too -- come and try something different.
Dates, times, and place subject to change.
Please call before coming, especially if you haven’t been for a while.
Contact: Pat Dolan firstname.lastname@example.org 303-778-6297 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting
You'al come now or you will never know how much fun
singing can be.
Experience the old hymns sung in the old way. We use both the Cooper and the
Denson Revised Sacred Harp. Books will be available for loan at the singings.
Directions, it is one block south of Central Ave, when travelling east (towards the mountains) from I-25. From I-40, take the Carlisle Bvd exit and continue until after crossing Central. The church has a tower visible for a while before you get there.
For general info: Nancy Nortz (505)281-0267 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting
First Tuesdays at 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.,
Please call for exact location
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Provo (Denson Book)
Second Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 pm,
St.Mary's Episcopal Church,
50 West - 200 North.
Salt Lake City (Cooper Book)
Fourth Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm.
1480 East Edison (1480 South- 145 East)
Contact: Jenny Jensen begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 801-766- 4482 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
of shaped notes does not have a very long history as singing goes. One of the
very early American occupations was the singing schoolmaster. The original
books came out of Scotland with immigrants and soon new books were written
created from memory and contained favorite hymns plus the addition of pop tunes
of the day edited into the shapenote format. For example the Sacred Harp book
contains Lest Olde Acquaintance Be Forgot (Plenary #162) and Du Du liegst mir
im Herzen (Soft Music #323b) plus many waltz and jig tunes. The schoolmaster
(mistress) went from place to place teaching groups of people to sing with the
aid of these shaped notes. Originally most of the tunes were in three parts
(treble,tenor and bass) with the tenor singing the melody line, but today most
of the songs have an alto line added to provide the four part harmony we seem
to be most comfortable with. The treble is the highest staff, the alto is on
the second staff, the tenor is on the third staff down and still contains the
melody, and bottom staff was and is the bass. Both men and women sing in all
the parts. It depends purely upon the range of your voice and how you feel
...the parts are very closely harmonized and often cross over each other. The
sound has been described as open, tonal, filled with energy and joy. New songs
are being written today by young and old composers. The older books can still
be found in attics,bookshops, and church basements, but we sing from newly
published songbooks. Shapenoters with great joy upon finding old books will
sing some of the old tunes out in their local shapenote groups. Both favorite
selections and new songs are found in the recently published books. To obtain
books it is best to attend a singing as one of the group will have the
particular book they are currently using and usually extras for sale/loan.
All conventions will have books for sale as well as the book, tapes and CD's.
Different Shapenote books are used by different singing groups. Books contain differing shapes, i.e. four shapes (ours), seven shapes (some southern singing groups) and other systems (nine shapes) that are either seldom or never sung. The Rocky Mountain Shapenote Singers use The Sacred Harp (no - harp is not the instrument. Harp refers to the voice as a harp. Singing is without the use of any instruments). The best way to obtain singing books is to go to a singing where they will be available for sale.
The B.F.White SACRED HARP (Revised Cooper Edition, 2006)
Sacred Harp Book Co. Mr. Bill Aplin, Secretary/Treasurer, 200 S. Johnson St.
Samson, AL 36477
HARP SINGINGS, directory . Shelbie Sheppard, P.O. Box 5246, Glencoe, Al
This minutes paperback contains lists of: 1) name, address and date of each convention held during each year, listed by month; 2) names and addresses of singers, and 3) every song called and who called it during each convention. (do you want to know the popular songs? this is your resource)
AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS HARP, 1994. K.E.Willard. ed, 15215 Tubbs Road, Buckley, WA 98321
The B.F.White SACRED HARP - Revised Cooper Edition, 1992 Sacred Harp Book Co., Inc. Samson, Al
THE SACRED HARP CONCORDANCE - Chris Thorman 1991 edTHE SACRED HARP, 1991 Revision
Sacred Harp Publishing Co. c/o Richard DeLong , Executive Secretary, PO Box 385 Whitesburg, GA 30185
Click on FASOLA for more info and a lot more singing books