First Fridays@Five: Sacred Harp Demonstration Singing, Nov.1

Josten Library continues the popular First Fridays @ Five series with a Sacred Harp Demonstration Singing. Emma Swartz ’16 and Sasha Hsuczyk ‘13HC will open with Irish fiddling tunes. Come to listen, stay to sing!
Friday, November 1, 2013
5:00 pm Sacred Harp Demonstration Singing
  Josten Library Mezzanine

Free of charge and open to all.

Regulars from the beloved Tuesday night Sacred Harp singing at Helen Hills Hills Chapel will demonstrate shapenote singing in Josten’s soaring Mezzanine November 1 at 5 pm.  Emma Swartz ’16 and Sasha Hsuczyk ‘13HC open with Irish fiddle tunes.

Singing in the Sacred Harp (shape-note) style is participatory and open to all: all are invited to stay to sing after the demonstration. Allison Blake (Schofield) Steel ’99, a Josten alumna, and Jess Cook ’99 founded the Tuesday night singing during their student years at Smith and created an enduring cultural legacy: an opportunity for singers to step into this living folk tradition.

First Fridays @ Five at Josten Library

A patron-driven performance series in Josten Library's acoustically brilliant mezzanine. Students, faculty, and staff in the performing arts offer informal live music, dance, and theatre performances on first Fridays during the semester at 5:00 pm – a great way to welcome the weekend. On Green Street, between Sage and Ford Halls. Josten First Fridays @ Five are open to the public and free of charge.


And We'll All Sing Hallelujah: Tuesday Night Sacred Harp Singing in Northampton

Western Mass Sacred Harp Community

Sacred Harp Singing

Libraries Resources

Note: Libraries' resources require a Smith Network login to access from off-campus.

Five College Library Catalog
Search by subject for "shape-note singing" or "sacred harp" to find, book, DVDs, and CDs in the Five Colleges.

American Song [Alexander Street] 1700s - 1960
Includes Sacred Harp and shape note singing.



Janet Spongberg
Josten Performing Arts Library