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I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah! – Community, Spirituality, and Tradition among Sacred Harp Singers - Chicago Scholarship Online
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I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah!: Community, Spirituality, and Tradition among Sacred Harp Singers

Laura Clawson


The Sacred Harp choral singing tradition originated in the American South in the mid-nineteenth century, spread widely across the country, and continues to thrive today. Sacred Harp is not performed but participated in, ideally in large gatherings where, as the a cappella singers face each other around a hollow square, the massed voices take on a moving and almost physical power. This book portrays several Sacred Harp groups and looks at how they manage to maintain a sense of community despite their members' often profound differences. The author's research took her to Alabama and Georgia, to ... More

Keywords: choral singing, a cappella, Alabama, Georgia, Chicago, Minneapolis, Hollywood, Academy Awards, cultural beliefs, religious beliefs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226109589
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226109633.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Clawson, author