Thursday, June 9, 7:30 pm—Location: Fifth Floor Performance Space

Sacred Harp Singing Demonstration and Workshop

Sacred Harp singing is participatory, a cappella singing that takes its name from The Sacred Harp, a book of sacred choral music that has been continuously in print since 1844. This living tradition is unlike any other form of American music both in its vibrant sound and in its distinctive singing practice. Although it was once widespread, shape-note music was sung continuously only in the South until the practice experienced a revival in the 1960s, when it expanded across the US and to several other countries. This presentation combines a demonstration of traditional practice, in which singers sit in a "hollow square" formation and take turns leading (conducting) songs from The Sacred Harp, with a participatory workshop. All are welcome and books will be provided.


Five AAWM conference presenters are experienced Sacred Harp singers: Jesse P. Karlsberg (Emory University) is the vice president of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company and edits the Sacred Harp Publishing Company Newsletter. Ian Quinn (Yale University) organizes the New Haven Sacred Harp group. Rachel Hall (Saint Joseph's University) is a co-author of The Shenandoah Harmony, a new shape-note book. Nikos Pappas (University of Alabama) is a singer and award-winning fiddler in the American old time tradition. Mark T. Godfrey (Shred Video, Inc.) has programmed the FaSoLa Minutes app designed for the Sacred Harp community.


They are joined by The New York City Sacred Harp Singers, who write, "Come sing Sacred Harp in New York City! Sacred Harp is a vibrant, living tradition of American sacred choral music, sung a cappella. With roots that stretch back over 200 years, Sacred Harp is inclusive, participatory, and open to all comers—regardless of musical ability—and people of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome. Now in its third decade in NYC, we sing every Wednesday night from 7-9:30 PM at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 81 Christopher Street in Manhattan, as well as at several other locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Details about our local events are available at: You can also visit the NYC Sacred Harp Facebook group, or write to us for more info. Come sing with us!"

Friday, June 10, 8:00 pm—Location: Fifth Floor Performance Space

Richard Boukas Quarteto Moderno

Richard Boukas, composer-guitarist-vocalist and internationally recognized purveyor of Brazilian music presents his Brazilian jazz ensemble Quarteto Moderno in a performance of ten original compositions (eight premieres). Genres represented include samba, choro, baião, frêvo, marcha, and valsa. Boukas is joined by: Lucas Pino (woodwinds), Gustavo Amarante (bass) and Maurício Zottarelli (drums). Friday, June 10, 7:30pm, Jazz Performance Space.


For official conference page and to download program notes,


Reception Music

Wednesday, June 8th, 6:00 pm

Zan Tetickovic Trio

Ismail Lumanovski (clarinet), Martin Doykin (bass), Zan Tetickovic (drums)


(open to conference participants as part of the reception)