4th Annual Quay Smathers Memorial Singing School

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Shook-Smathers House

178 Morgan Street

Clyde, NC 28721

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The Quay Smathers Memorial Singing School celebrates the Blue Ridge style of shaped-note singing as preserved by the late, legendary singing school master Quay Smathers of Dutch Cove, NC. Instructors include his two daughters and sons-in-law along with others who learned from him - all cherish the unique sound heard in the Blue Ridge Mountains and taught by Quay, 1990 North Carolina Heritage Award winner. The day includes shaped-note singing history; archival recordings and videos; an exhibit of rare books, tuning forks and photographs; the rudiments of shaped-note singing; section rehearsals; a workshop in singing in the traditional ornamental style and a final group sing at the end of the day. Participants - many who come from across the nation- come away with enough mentoring and information to comfortably participate in the historical shaped-note singings held throughout the region. The book of choice used at the School is Folk Heritage Books' 2015 facsimile edition of William Walkers' Christian Harmony published in 1867. Books are offered for sale or loan at the School. The School is free of charge, but pre-registration is required due to limited space.

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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

It is NOT necessary to print out the Eventbrite ticket to present at registration. Children as young as 12 have enjoyed the event, but they should have a genuine interest in music and especially singing.

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What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Shook-Smathers House is located on Morgan St. in Clyde, NC and is easily accessible from nearby Interstate 40. There is plenty of parking on site.

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What can I bring into the event?

Because of time constraints and few options for nearby fast food, participants are asked to bring a brownbag lunch. There will be plenty of refreshents and beverages provided by the school throughout the day. It is helpful to own your own copy of the Chrisitan Harmony to review beforehand, but not necessary as they will be avaialbe for sale or loan at the School. To order visit http://christianharmony1873.org

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How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For questions please don't hesitate to contact us at info@qssingingschool.org

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Shook-Smathers House

178 Morgan Street

Clyde, NC 28721

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