Lowcountry Sacred Harp

Here in Charleston, SC, we sing shapenote music from The Sacred Harp (1991 edition).

We usually meet on the 3rd or 4th Saturday of the month at Circular Congregational Church (see directions below). 

Beginners are always welcome!  We have extra songbooks for newcomers to sing from.

Our scheduled meetings for the first part of 2015 are the following Saturdays, at 2-4pm:
                    Jan. 3, Jan. 31, Feb. 28, March 28, April 25

You can also find our meetings on the calendar at circularchurch.org.

If you have any questions, please contact me (Tom Ivey) at 843-853-3976 or email

Click here for information about our annual all-day singing in May.
The minutes from our 2014 singing in Gage Hall are available here.

Other shapenote happenings in our area include monthly singings in Savannah.

Directions to our regular monthly singing:
We sing in lower Lance Hall (the Sharpe Room), at the historic Circular Congregational Church, located at 150 Meeting St. in Charleston.  Lance Hall is the two-storey building with columns in the southeast corner of the churchyard.
The room we use is at the back of the ground floor, entered from the south side off the courtyard.
On Saturdays, some parking is available in the walled lot to the south of the cemetery, entered off of Queen Street
(The entrance is about 100 feet in from Meeting, on the north side of Queen; look for the large convex
mirror on the gatepost.)  Please park only in the spaces marked
"Harbor National Bank Customers"
(Our friend Kathy Thom has checked that this is okay with the tenants; thanks, Kathy!)
Note that the access gate between this parking lot and the church campus has now been permanently locked.

If the Harbor National Bank spots are not available, please park in the City garage on Cumberland Street,

or in the bank parking lot adjacent to the churchyard.

Other Resources:
Click here to download a 1-page beginner's guide to Sacred Harp.
You can find much more information about shapenote singing in the southeast
and across the US at the following sites:

You can find a recording of the 2011 Piccolo Spoleto singing here
and audio from our 2010 singing at BostonSing.org.

On January 14, 2012 we held a special "demonstration" singing at the Grand Army Hall
at 706 Newcastle St. in Beaufort.  Pictures from the singing can be found here.