2020 Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention

Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA 01060

March 7 and 8, 2020
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 both days, and a social on Saturday evening. There will be childcare offered during the singing on Saturday and Sunday.

The Center for the Arts is fully wheelchair accessible, with a ramp to the front door, an elevator in the building, and ADA-compliant all-gender restrooms. 

Convention Officers


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

Other nearby lodging options:

Hotel Northampton (0.3 miles from venue)
36 King St, Northampton, MA

Fairfield Inn and Suites (0.6 miles from venue)
115A Conz St, Northampton, MA

Quality Inn and Suites (0.7 miles from venue)
117 Conz St, Northampton, MA

The Ellery (1.2 miles from venue)
259 Elm St, Northampton, MA

Hampton Inn Hadley-Amherst Area (2.1 miles from venue)
24 Bay Road, Hadley, MA


Driving: Get directions to the Center for the Arts. There is ample parking in the lot next to the building, and unrestricted street parking is available on most streets around the venue.

Local Public Transit: PVTA busses serve the cities and towns surrounding Northampton, including Easthampton (no service on Sunday), Hadley, Amherst, and Holyoke. Some routes stop at the Northampton post office, a 4-minute walk from the venue. For other routes, the closest stop is the Academy of Music, an 8-minute walk from the venue. If the return schedules don't match up with your needs, please ask for help with rides at the convention welcoming table. 

Long-Distance Transit: Northampton is accessible via Peter Pan intercity bus and Amtrak train service. The nearest airport is Bradley International Airport (about 40 miles away) — there are several options for transport from Bradley to Northampton, including car rental and Valley Transporter shared van service. 

Contact the Convention Chair for advice on who to contact in your home singing community to arrange carpools.