in I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah!

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780226109589
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226109633 | DOI:

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study about Sacred Harp communities in the United States. The analysis indicates that most singers participate in Sacred Harp groups because of the music and the fellowship, and that many singers, especially new ones, clearly seek a sense of authenticity and connection to history from Sacred Harp. The chapter also argues that the ethic of silence that prevails at singings provides space for singers to be fully and deeply engaged with the music and the community before they confront possible controversy.

Keywords: Sacred Harp communities; United States; music; fellowship; singers; authenticity; history; ethic of silence

Chapter.  1204 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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