GSCC Member Event

American Shaker and Shapenote Christmas Carols

Hosting Ensemble: Radiance
Event Type: Concert
Ticket Prices: General: $30 Senior: $25 Student: $20
Event Dates:
Saturday, December 17, 2022Dec 17, 2022, 7:00pm at Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA


Ring in the holidays with a spirited performance of early American music from Appalachia and New England. Powerful, rousing shapenote tunes and lively Shaker songs bring the cheer of Christmas to life. These uniquely American music traditions are part of a vibrant cultural heritage, passed down through oral traditions, singing schools, and community practice. Shaker and shapenote music beautifully showcase the simple power of communal singing – in fact, the most common shapenote book, the Sacred Harp, is named after that sacred musical instrument given to us at birth: the human voice. Join Radiance for this festive, joyful celebration!


Jeremiah Ingalls: Redemption

Joseph Stephenson: Anthem from Luke

Frederick William Evans - Sweetest Music Softly Stealing

William Walker - The Babe of Bethlehem

Sister Patsy Roberts Williamson - Pretty Home

Eldress Paulina Bryant - This is Jesus' Birthday

John McCurry - Raymond

Himes' - Joys Seven

Timothy Swan - Rainbow

Mt. Lebanon - Give Good Gifts

arr. Kevin Siegfried - Rolling On

arr. Jordan Sramek - Morning Dawn

arr. Jordan Sramek - Bozrah

William Billings - Bethlehem

WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED. Christmas Morn (ca. 1880) by W. C. Bauer.
WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED. Christmas Morn (ca. 1880) by W. C. Bauer.