overtone singing after a shape-note singing school

Chelsea and I were at a shape-note singing school hosted by the Summit School in Montpelier today.

Joan White had a question for the teacher, Tim Eriksen, for pointers on singing as amazingly as he does.

In response, Tim had us try out singing overtone singing.


I think the idea was that with our trying overtone singing we would take some more time to listen to how we sing, giving us more information to work with as we create the sounds we want to sing with as we enjoy singing from The Sacred Harp.

I’ve had a long and exhausting week, and when Chelsea and I were enjoying our efforts in overtone singing on our ride home we started to laugh. It is so good to laugh.

Thank you Chelsea, and thank you Tim Eriksen.

Thank you also to Mary Collins who made these events with Tim Eriksen happen this weekend.

shape-note singing school by Tim Eriksen

Montpelier, VT based Summit School for traditional music and culture will host Tim Eriksen to give a shape-note singing school on Saturday April 27th, 2013, at the Bethany Church on Main St in Montpelier.

The workshop will begin at 3pm and will be followed by a concert given by Tim Eriksen and Trio de Pumpkintown.

Tim will first offer an introduction to singing from The Sacred Harp for folks who haven’t yet tried it and then turn to details of shape-note singing methods for people who may have been singing for a while and want to clear up some persistent questions.

Donations are how we pay for our events usually. If you are inclined to help pay for the cost of hosting this event, and to support further shape-note singing schools in VT please consider making a donation. You can make a check out to Shape note singing communities and mail it to Shape note singing communities of VT Incorporated, 202 Howard Ave Apt 2, Waterbury Center, VT 05677 . Your money will go into the bank account the non profit has with the Northfield Savings Bank. You can also use the Paypal options below, and moneys will go into the same bank account.

Tim is a gifted musical performer, an experienced teacher, and a knowledgeable scholar. You may have heard of the movie Cold Mountain, which featured singing from The Sacred Harp, and Tim Eriksen taught the performers in that movie how to do it. Tim featured in bands like Northampton Harmony, and Cordelia’s Dad. His solo and collaborative efforts are too numerous to mention. He is one of the founders of the singings represented in the Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Communities, which host the largest singing from The Sacred Harp in the world.

For a peak at the Trio de Pumpkintown you can view the video below. To learn more about Tim Eriksen you can visit his website.