Tri-Cities Gospel Music Camp performs shaped-note show July 30

Revisit a fascinating piece of the South’s musical history when the Tri-Cities Gospel Music Camp performs a shaped-note singing concert at Northeast State to round out the College’s Hot Nights, Cool Music summer concert series.

Fans of the shaped-note style, as well as newcomers to the method, will be treated to a concert and workshop by singers from the camp July 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Northeast State’s Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater at the Blountville campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The Tri-Cities Gospel Music Camp brings the shaped-note music concert to life at the WRCPA Theater July 30.
The Tri-Cities Gospel Music Camp brings the shaped-note music concert to life at the WRCPA Theater July 30.

Shaped-note singing is an American tradition of hymn-singing that endures today in churches and annual singing schools and conventions. The style began in New England during the 18th century and made its way to the Southern states where it enjoyed popularity through the mid-19th century.

Shaped-notes allow for a simplified way to read music. Based on geometric shapes like squares, ovals, diamonds, and triangles – the distinctive shapes of the notes instantly tell what pitch to sing. The style gained a great following in colonial times when many singers were musically untrained.

The performing arts center is located at 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

For more information, contact Jim Kelly at jpkelly@NortheastState.edu or 423.279.7669.

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