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I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah!Community, Spirituality, and Tradition among Sacred Harp Singers$
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Laura Clawson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226109589

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226109633.001.0001

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(p.166) Conclusion
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I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah!
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226109633.003.0007

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study about Sacred Harp communities in the United States. The analysis indicates that most singers participate in Sacred Harp groups because of the music and the fellowship, and that many singers, especially new ones, clearly seek a sense of authenticity and connection to history from Sacred Harp. The chapter also argues that the ethic of silence that prevails at singings provides space for singers to be fully and deeply engaged with the music and the community before they confront possible controversy.

Keywords:   Sacred Harp communities, United States, music, fellowship, singers, authenticity, history, ethic of silence

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