Community + Joy

Shape note singing is one of America’s oldest musical and social gathering activities. All are welcome to sing, regardless of experience or ability. Portland Sacred Harp events do not have any membership requirements or religious or political affiliations. Come as you are and sing for yourself!

Learn More About Sacred Harp

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"It was a strange sound, raw and wild and hoary, yet at the same time, familiar somehow – a great, aching lamentation that stopped people walking by in the hallway outside cold.It was as if voices from a previous century had started speaking again. " --The Oregonian

"…penetrating sound that gets under your skin…that primal scream of music that is Sacred Harp singing at its best." --The Willamette Week


Regular Singing

First and Third Sundays: First Sunday Christian Harmony, Third Sunday Blue Book, 4-6 PM at Waverly UCC, 3300 SE Woodward St, Portland

Second and Fourth Sundays: From the Denson book, 4-6 PM at McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR. Singing is in the Community Room at the SE corner of the main building.

Third Thursdays: From the Shenandoah Harmony, 7-9 PM at There Be Monsters, 1308 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR. Singing is in the back room, past the shuffleboard table.