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Welcome to our
 
First Annual Rivanna River Shape Note Convention
 
at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, Unitarian Universalist, 717 Rugby Road

 
Charlottesville, Virginia.
 
Saturday, September 13, 2003
 
9: 30 a.m.- 3:45 p.m. with
 
Dinner on the grounds (potluck lunch)
 
Sacred Harp 1991 Edition
CONTACTS - For information about the convention, call or email:
 
Diane Ober [contact information deleted]
 
John Alexander [contact information deleted]
 
HOUSING - For information on home hospitality or where to stay:
 
Lynn Heath [contact information deleted]
 
Sacred Harp hymns, a form of shape note music, are religious or spiritual songs with music that is written with notes of varying shapes, according to their place on the scale. It is always sung a capella, and has a distinctive, modal sound - very rich in feeling and often very exuberant.
 
A singing is very much a participatory instead of a performance event, although visitors are welcome to just listen.
 
All singers are welcome, no experience is necessary.
 
We invite you to be a part of a singing tradition that goes back to the 18th century in New England, but that is particularly thriving in communities in the South.
 
DIRECTIONS
 
From Washington D.C., Northern Virginia area: Take US-29 South into Charlottesville. US-29 S becomes US 29 South/N. Emmet Street. Turn left on Barracks Road; (stoplight) go mile and turn right onto Rugby Rd. Go mile and church is on your right. Turn right on Edgewood Lane for parking lot on right.
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