SINGING SCHOOL RETURNS TO ACU
TEXAS NORMAL SINGING SCHOOL
Dates: July 22-27, Abilene Christian University
Early Bird Promotion: Register before June 11 and get a $25 discount on the standard tuition/room/board rates.
Scholarship Assistance: Contact Levi Sisemore, treasurer/registrar) at 806-777-8417 for scholarship availability
More Information: http://www.singingschool.org
WORSHIP LEADERS CONFERENCE
Dates: July 20-21, Abilene Christian University
Special Guest: Dr. Darryl Tippens, recently retired ACU University Distinguished Scholar of Faith, Learning, and Literature, will speak on “What the Incarnation Teaches Us About Worship” and “Lost in Wonder, Love, and Praise.”
More Information: http://www.singingschool.org/programs/worship-leader-conference
The 72nd Texas Normal Singing School will be held at Abilene Christian University July 22-27, with registration available online at http://www.singingschool.org.
The Worship Leaders Conference will be held immediately prior to the school on July 20-21. Special guest will be Dr. Darryl Tippens, recently retired ACU University Distinguished Scholar of Faith, Learning, and Literature, speaking on “What the Incarnation Teaches Us About Worship” and “Lost in Wonder, Love, and Praise.”
The Texas Normal Singing School started in 1946, with training offered in song leading, song writing, and singing with excellence.
Promotional material says, “At The Singing School, our goal is to train men and women to excel in the public worship and assemblies of the church. We believe that everyone has a part to sing! We specialize in a cappella, congregational singing.”
Accounts of “singing schools” date to 1730 in Charleston, S.C., according to the Texas Normal Singing School’s website, with the Texas school forming in June 1946. The word “normal” means the school didn’t offer scholastic credit, a common terminology at the time. The school moved to ACU in 1989.
Singing schools teach people how to read shape note music, which is favored by congregations that sing a cappella music, just as the Churches of Christ. Learning to identify the geometrical shapes, and their corresponding sound, doesn’t take formal music training.
The Texas Normal Singing School was formed in June 1946 by Edgar Furr and Austin Taylor. The first school was held in Mathis, in South Texas, and later moved to Sabinal, near Uvalde. The school moved to the campus of Trinity University in San Antonio in 1985. It moved to Abilene in 1989 when the Biblical Studies Building opened at ACU.