Shaped-note singing is an American tradition of hymn-singing that endures today in churches and annual singing schools and conventions. Music lovers of all stripes can enjoy this unique style when Northeast State hosts the Shaped-Note Singing Convention Concert on July 27 at 7:00 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.
The shaped-note singing style began in New England in the 18th century and made its way to the Southern states where it enjoyed popularity through the mid-19th century. Basically, shaped-notes allow for a simplified way to read music. Based on 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.
This concert is part of the College’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series continuing through July. The show takes place in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theatre at the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact jpkelly@NortheastState.edu or 423.279.7669.