Terry Moore has sung Sacred Harp music since the turn of the century, having been enticed by a notice in the San Francisco Folk Music Club’s newsletter. He has co-led workshops for several years in Ben Lomond and San Francisco, and regularly participates in the Palo Alto area singings. He also enjoys singing barbershop, gospel, madrigal, folk, and jazz a cappella harmonies.
Sacred Harp Singing
with Peter Ross
Shape note singing (also known as sacred harp singing) dates back to the early days of our nation. Words were taken from biblical sources and 18th century English hymn writers; the melodies and arrangements were created by itinerant singing masters in the northeast who taught them to the enthusiastic but musically illiterate congregations. The music is sung a cappella in 4 voices seated around a “hollow square” with each voice contributing to the overall sound. Singers and non-singers alike are welcome to join in and be carried in the wave of this primitive and powerful music.