Bay Area Sacred Harp

Bay Area Sacred Harp (BASH) exists to promote and preserve Sacred Harp and shape note singing in the San Francisco Bay Area region. All events and opportunities are open to the public, free of charge, and require no prior experience or skill. Song books are always available to borrow. (BASH) is a nonprofit under IRS tax code 501(c)3. Our EIN is 45-1174818.

Statement of Purpose:
The specific purpose of BASH is to conduct local, regional and statewide singings of community-based shape note music, particularly the Denson Sacred Harp, and associated activities; and to preserve and further the traditional practices of Sacred Harp and shape note singing and promote their transmission to future generations of singers. All who wish to participate in BASH activities are welcome, without regard to race, ethnicity, age, disability, religious or spiritual persuasion, sexual orientation, or gender expression.

Contact Information

The BASH Board of Directors can be reached at board@bayareasacredharp.org.

For contact information for a particular singing, please visit our local singings page.

To stay in touch, you might want to join an announcements list:

Membership Information

Members provide valuable input and service to the organization. Member privileges include receipt of membership emails, participation in business meetings, and the right to vote on the election of board members, and the approval and amendment of bylaws. Each member shall have one vote. Anyone willing to fulfill the responsibilities of membership shall be given the opportunity to become a member. All memberships shall have the same rights, privileges, restrictions and conditions.

A member shall be any person who:

  • supports the accepted statement of purpose;
  • has attended two small or large singings sponsored by BASH within the previous year;
  • has asked to be added to the Membership Roster and email list; and
  • considers the San Francisco Bay Area their primary residence.

To join BASH, please fill out the form here.

Board of Directors

The next Annual Meeting with be in spring 2020, at 2431 Ridge Road, Berkeley.

BASH is governed by a 3-member Board of Directors, each serving two-year terms, with a two term limit. Directors are elected by members at the Annual Meeting. The following singers currently serve on the Board of Directors:

Leigh Cooper, President (term expiring 2020)
Aisha Morgan, Treasurer (term expiring 2021)
Lena Strayhorn, Clerk (term expiring 2021)
Contact the board by emailing board@bayareasacredharp.org.

The board meets approximately quarterly. A summary of recent meetings can be viewed here.