This term (and last term, and the term before that) I’ve taken a course called Sacred Harp Singing School. It is undoubtedly the most joyful 2 hours of my week and my favorite 2 credits on my resume — who said holy music wasn’t fun for those of us not religiously inclined?!!? Sacred Harp singing is a form of traditional American shape-note singing that harkens back to church singing from 18th century England. Historical, powerful, and a great way to improve your sight-reading and harmonizing skills. My favorite part about it is that it is participatory, never performed. You have to sing it to see it happen! We host singings open to the greater community a few times each term. This is a recording a friend of mine made of our class singing one of my favorite songs, “Restoration” in last week’s class.