See videos and comments from this event on the
Asbury Park Sacred Harp Sing facebook page
and the article,
"A DEEP ROOTED TRADTION RETURNS
SHAPE NOTE MUSIC & SACRED HARP SINGING
IN NEW JERSEY, 1801 TO 2011 "
Then there's nothing left to do but the t-shirt
Asbury Park Sacred Harp Singing demonstration and lesson
Smithsonian Institution's New Harmonies Roots Music Project
Convention Hall - Grand Arcade
2:00 - 5:00
Free Lesson for those new to Sacred Harp at 2:00
The Singing School Master will be Dr. Thomas B. Malone,
Assistant Professor of Music, Molloy College.
Asbury Park Press Article
pdf of the Asbury Sing flyer
Information for Singers
Schedule for Singers:
1:00 - 2:00 Singers meet and warm up
in the empty LaPlaca storefront on the boardwalk near Convention Hall in the 5th Avenue Pavilion which is between 4th and 5th Avenues. The actual address is 1200 OceanAvenue. It's next door to Hot Sand glass blowing.
2:00 - 2:30ish Convention Hall - introductory singing lesson for beginners led by Tom Malone.
2:30 - 5:00 Sing
We need singers and although we have some loaner books coming we may need more. They'll provide chairs. Please bring flyers about your local sings.
For host housing and all other questions contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 917 496-7058
I'm very excited to share this music with this town and they seem equally excited to present it. I'm hoping it will lead to a local sing.
From NYC - New Jersey Transit roundtrip costs $30 and takes about an hour and fifteen minutes from Penn Station. The Asbury station is in walking distance to the sing. Bicycles are allowed on the train on Saturdays which are off peak hours.
Municipal parking is available near the sing. Street parking is available further from the boardwalk
I know an hour and a half to two hours is a long trip for a sing but it's a worthwhile to make a day of it. There's always something restorative about a walk on beach. There are good restaurants at all price levels, cute shops, a punk rock bowling alley and a pinball museum where you can play all the machines by the hour.
Ocean Grove, a charming, historical town and Methodist camp meeting site, is in easy walking distance.
If you are in the area and could use a little more singing, and who couldn't, check out
The 7th NJ Clearwater Circle of Song Sing-Along
Thursday, March 17, 2011, at 6:30pm, at the First United Methodist Church of Asbury Park
906 Grand Avenue. Asbury Park, NJ 07712 [two blocks from the Stone Pony]
The show will star Jay Wilensky and Ingrid Heldt. More details