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African American Shape Note Singing


On March 19, the Center for Public History will host an afternoon workshop on African American note singing and an evening public program that will feature the United Shape Note Singers of west Georgia. Below, you will find some useful resources on African American note singing:

Some background information on African American shape note singing in the west Georgia region.

Example of a scale in both shape notes and traditional notation.

"I'll Fly Away" Shape Note Sheet Music
The popular hymn, "I'll Fly Away," written in shape notes.

"I'll Fly Away" MP3
Listen to "I'll Fly Away" sung by the United Shape Note Singers.

United Shape Note Singers Interview
Hear members of the United Shape Note singers discuss their memories of shape note singing in their families and communities and talk about the importance of shape note singing in their own lives.

"What A Happy Time"
Watch a clip of the United Shape Note Singers and the Associated Note Singers of Atlanta singing "What A Happy Time."
(Recorded 12-4-2010)

Flyer for our March program.

A map of the campus of the University of West Georgia that directs you to the location of the workshop and note singing.

This program is sponsored in part by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.