All of the above events are held at the Cannon Valley Friends Meetinghouse (512 Washington St., Northfield, MN). Everyone is welcome to attend and participate (no musical or singing experience or religious affiliation is required). For more information on these events, please see the paragraphs below:
1) 2nd Thursday Shape Note Singing
Northfield Shape Note Singers sing once a month from "The Sacred Harp", Denson Revision (red book).
What Is Shape Note Singing? Shape Note Singing is a unique form of musical expression that originated in early America. Here are just a few things that make this musical tradition unique:
~ We are not a choir: we sing for ourselves and each other
~ All songs are sung a cappella (with no instruments)
~ Singers sit facing each other across a “hollow square” and take turns leading songs
~ The music is printed with notes of different shapes, each shape corresponds to a syllable:
fa, sol, la, or mi
~ Participants are free to (and do) sing loudly!
2) 3rd Friday Song Circle
Beginning Friday, August 19th, we are adding a third evning of singing together at the Quaker meetinghouse. Please bring any song you want to share. We will have the blue "Rise Up Singing" and the red "Rise Again!" songbooks available, as well as the Quaker hymnal. We will sing whatever songs people know, want to teach, or request. All are welcome anytime between 7 and 9 pm.
3) 4th Thursday Community Singing
Northfield area community members are invited to gather and sing together. "Rise Up Singing" songbooks will be available, and if you have one, please bring it to use or share.
People of all ages and singing abilities are welcome - please come and bring a friend!
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