On Feburary 27, 3 p.m., Mars Hill College’s Ramsey Center for Regional Studies will present “Pathways in Congregational Song, 1860-1960” as the 2013 “Unveiling Our Treasures” program celebrating the college’s Southern Appalachian Archives.
“Pathways” is focused on shape-note singing, a distinct musical notation that utilizes four or seven sounds noted by uniquely shaped notes for ease of learning. Shape-notes have a rich history in folk and religious singing. More information on shape-note singing and its history can be found at FaSoLa.org.
MHC Music professor Dr. Joel F. Reed and Music student Andrew Hebert will present their research and observations regarding shape-notes gathered from the Southern Appalachian Archives at 3 p.m. in Broyhill Chapel. They will be accompanied by the College Chamber Singers and the Music Department Quartet. Solos will be performed by Andrew Hebert and Carter Benge. See the Ramsey Center webpage for more information and a link to the event flyer.
Read more about local shape-note singing in an article on The Read.