2018 Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention

War Memorial Building, 310 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA 01040

March 10 and 11, 2018
10:00am to 3:30pm


The Sacred Harp, continuously in print since 1844, is the backbone of one of this country's oldest, most vital, and soul-stirring musical traditions. You have to sing it to believe it! The convention is free, and beginners are welcome! We'll have books available to borrow. Come and go as you please!

We'll have dinner on the grounds at 12:30pm both days, and a social on Saturday evening at the home of a local singer.

There will be a pre-convention singing on Friday evening, 7-9pm, at First Churches (129 Main Street, Northampton, MA).

Convention Officers


Housing is available with local singers! Questions? Email wmshc.housing@gmail.com

Other lodging options:

Homewood Suites by Hilton Holyoke
357 Whitney Ave, Holyoke, MA

Quality Inn and Suites
117 Conz St, Northampton, MA

Autumn Inn
259 Elm St, Northampton, MA

Hampton Inn Hadley-Amherst Area
24 Bay Road, Hadley, Massachusetts, USA 01035


Driving: Get directions to the War Memorial building. There is ample parking in the 2 lots diagonally across the street from the building (but not the McDonald's lot directly across the way). Street parking is also available and free on weekends. 

Public Transit: From Northampton, take the B48 bus that leaves from the Academy of Music on Main Street and drops you off at Holyoke Transportation Center on Maple Street, across from Veteran's Park. Facing the park, turn left onto Maple Street and walk about 3 blocks. The War Memorial Building will be on your right, just after the intersection with Appleton Street. It's about a 6 minute walk. The first busses of the morning on Saturday and Sunday arrive in Holyoke at 9:30am, just in time.

See more public transportation options to and within Western Massachusetts. Contact the Convention Chair for advice on who to contact in your home singing community to arrange carpools.