Shape Note Sing

Saturday, October 26
4:00–5:00 p.m.
Regency North Ballroom

Attendees are encouraged to help close out this year’s conference by joining together in joyous song. Following an informative scholarly session that explores this unique musical tradition in depth (CMS Talks), you’ll have the chance to try it out for yourself. We’ll form a community of a cappella singers alongside members of the Kentuckiana Sacred Harp and led by James Eldridge.

Kentuckiana Sacred Harp
Kentuckiana Sacred Harp began as an official group around 1996 and was co-founded by Bob Meek and Michele Cull. Members are from a diverse community that comes together for the love of Sacred Harp and other shape note music. They have hosted the Harrods Creek/Bob Meek Memorial Convention since 1996. The convention draws singers internationally and averages 80 singers throughout the weekend. Members have also traveled internationally to sing at other conventions and have been both students and teachers at Camp FaSoLa.

James Eldridge
James Eldridge began singing shape note music at the age of seven. He and his family have traveled to the rural deep South many times singing this 200-year-old tradition. During his travels he met and was mentored by some of the leading tunesmiths of this tradition. He continues to lead conventions and group sessions today. Currently, James is a cattle farmer in southern Indiana and when he is not singing, he enjoys playing Bluegrass and old-time guitar.