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Dalton State Hosts Shape Note Singing Event

Though it’s a uniquely American tradition, Dalton State has never before hosted a Sacred Harp singing event.

But it will on Monday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. The event will be in the Lorberbaum Liberal Arts Building, room 312. It is free and open to the public.

Sacred Harp singing, which uses shape notes, brings communities together to sing four-part hymns and anthems.

“This is the first singing at Dalton State,” said Dr. Ellie Jenkins, assistant professor of music. “No prior experience is necessary. Nearly everyone there will be a beginner and no one will be a professional.”

The singing will be led by Judy Mincey, of Calhoun, who has more than 20 years’ experience with shape note singing.

“It is my passion and a major component of my spiritual life,” Mincey said.

Sacred Harp singing is a religious and spiritual experience, but it is not affiliated with any denomination, Jenkins said. People are welcome to listen without participating.