Camp Fasola is a summer camp that provides an immersive experience for learning of Sacred Harp shaped note singing, history, and traditions. Multiple daily sessions are devoted to teaching Sacred Harp singing as well as times for singing, fellowship, and recreation. This experience provides a casual environment for learning and singing this unique American a cappella music form, which has its roots in early America.
Camp Fasola is open to youth and adults with instruction provided for both beginning and experienced singers. Multiple tracks of classes suited to different experience levels are taught each of the three full days of camp. Traditional summer camp activities focused on building and extending friendships of singers are provided. The final camp night features a community singing event in which non-campers from the broader Sacred Harp community gather to sing with the campers.
The five day/four night camp has been held annually since 2003 with more than 2,500 campers participating. Two sessions per summer have been held since 2008. Camp Fasola in Europe was held in Poland in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Camp Fasola has received national recognition as a highly effective traditional singing school project for the purpose of preserving and extending Sacred Harp singing for the next generation of singers. It is also great fun!
The Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association (SHMHA), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is the preservation and perpetuation of Sacred Harp singing, sponsors and conducts Camp Fasola.
Join us for Camp DoReMi 2018, a four day old-fashioned singing school experience located at Wildacres Retreat in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. During the day you can attend classes and learn how to read music and sing in the seven shape note traditions using The Christian Harmony, 2010 Edition, and The New Harp of Columbia, and in the evenings you can put your new skills to practice during a regular singing. You do not have to attend classes to sing at the regular evening singings, but if you would like to join us for the evening meal before the singing, or have other general questions about camp, please contact Jane Cannon.