Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association

The Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association (SHMHA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN 63-1216235) whose purpose is the preservation and perpetuation of Sacred Harp singing and its traditions. SHMHA’s interests include Sacred Harp music, history, traditional singing practices, singing schools, singings, and conventions. SHMHA holds its annual meeting with singers on Saturday before the fourth Sunday of November at 2:00 p.m. at the site of the Alabama State Sacred Harp Convention.

Minutes Book

The Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association is delegated the responsibility for the publication, printing, and distribution of the Directory and Minutes of Sacred Harp Singings by the Alabama Sacred Harp Musical Association. This publication has an annual circulation of 2,000 to singers worldwide. Judy Caudle is the Minutes Secretary and Editor. To order copies of this book, send $10 to Judy Caudle at the address below.

Camp Fasola

Camp Fasola Photo

Camp Fasola is a summer camp that provides an immersive experience for learning Sacred Harp shaped note singing, history, and traditions. Multiple daily sessions are devoted to teaching Sacred Harp singing as well as times for singing, fellowship, and recreation. This experience provides a casual environment for learning and singing this unique American a cappella music form, which has its roots in early America.

Camp Fasola is open to youth and adults with instruction provided for both beginning and experienced singers. Multiple tracks of classes suited to different experience levels are taught each of the three full days of camp. Traditional summer camp activities focused on building and extending friendships of singers are provided. The final camp night features a community singing event in which non-campers from the broader Sacred Harp community gather to sing with the campers.

The five day/four night camp has been held annually since 2003 with more than 2,500 campers participating. Two sessions per summer have been held since 2008. Camp Fasola Europe was held in Poland in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Camp Fasola has received national recognition as a highly effective traditional singing school project for the purpose of preserving and extending Sacred Harp singing for the next generation of singers.

Tax Deductible Gifts

SHMHA gratefully accepts tax deductible contributions of cash, stock, or other property to support Camp Fasola and other projects to promote Sacred Harp singing. Memorial or in honor tributes can be acknowledged at your request. Cash contributions (make checks to SHMHA or Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association) may be sent to the Treasurer at the address below.

In Sweetest Union Join CD Recording

In Sweetest Union Join is a 2-CD recording of the 96th session of the United Sacred Harp Musical Association at Liberty Church, Henagar, Alabama. It features over 60 songs and spoken word excerpts from this well-attended, memorable event and includes a full color booklet with historic photographs, including rare images of the 1959 convention. To order the CD set by mail, please send check payable to SHMHA for $25 (postage included) to David Ivey at the address below.

Board of Directors and Officers

President

David Ivey
8021 Randall Road
Huntsville, AL 35802
256.258.8660

Vice President

Henry Johnson
615 McSpadden Circle
Centre, AL 35960

Secretary

Jeannette DePoy
1239 Newbridge Trace
Atlanta, GA 30319

Minutes Secretary

Judy Caudle
1821 Gum Pond Road
Eva, AL 35621

Treasurer

Pam Nunn
617 Ayers Drive
Anniston, AL 36207