Huntsville singer to receive national recognition | Arts & Culture
The National Endowment for the Arts awards a National Heritage Fellowship every year to performers of folk and traditional arts and invites them to Washington, DC to share their works with the public.
This year, Sacred Harp singer David Ivey from Huntsville is one of those recipients. According to his biography on the NEA website, Ivey created the first summer camp devoted to Sacred Harp, or sharp note singing. Singers sit in a hollow square, with voice parts on each side, and sing towards the center where individuals take turns leading a "class."
Ivey's efforts to teach Sacred Harp singing have led to numerous apprenticeship grants through the Alabama Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program. He also participated in the recording of the soundtrack to the major motion picture Cold Mountain.
Ivey and eight other talented artists will be honored during the NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert, to be held Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Central time. The concert will be streamed live at arts.gov. An archive of the webcast will be available following the event.
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