May 15, 2:00pm in Memorial Hall
Norumbega Harmony is one of the
largest and most active groups of Sacred
Harp and shape note singers in New
England. The group includes more than 50
singers, the majority of whom live in
the greater Boston area.
Norumbega Harmony was founded in 1976
at Wellesley College as an undergraduate
student organization by singing master
Dr. Stephen Marini, who had learned to
sing Sacred Harp at traditional singings
held at Primitive Baptist churches in
Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia.
The student group soon attracted singers
from outside the College and in the
early 1980's moved to Cambridge and took
on the name "Norumbega Harmony".
Norumbega Harmony's repertoire
consists of music from the colonial and
Revolutionary era of New England as well
as music from the Sacred Harp and other
American folk-hymn traditions. They
conduct workshops (also called "singing
schools") and singings at regional folk
Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial
Hall Library. Admission is free.
No registration required.