Camp Fasola 2017 Dates

SHMHA will hold two sessions of Camp Fasola in 2017 in Alabama, geared toward adult and youth singers, respectively.

  • Adult Camp: June 11–15, 2017, Camp McDowell, Double Springs, Alabama.
  • Youth Camp: July 3–7, 2017, Camp Lee, Anniston, Alabama.

Registration for Camp Fasola 2017 will open on January 1, 2017.

About Camp Fasola

Camp Fasola is a summer camp for immersive learning of Sacred Harp shaped note singing 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.

Young campers learn the rudiments of Sacred Harp singing at Youth Camp, 2013.

Young campers learn the rudiments of Sacred Harp singing at Youth Camp, 2013.

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 2,000 campers participating. Two sessions per summer have been held since 2008. The first Camp Fasola in Europe was held in Poland in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Camp Fasola is widely credited as a very 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 Camp Fasola.