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Local Music Camps

PNWSHS is in the early stages of planning for two Music Camps, held locally (one in Washington and one in Oregon): a 4-shape camp to be held in odd-numbered years and a 7-shape camp to be held in even-numbered years. It is anticipated that the 4-shape camp will concentrate on the Denson Sacred Harp and the Cooper Sacred Harp (with a session or two devoted to the JL White Sacred Harp), as the typical sorts of teaching sessions on Rudiments, Leading, Keying, All-Day Singing topics, and so forth are provided. The 7-shape camp will focus on the same sessions, from The Christian Harmony and The New Harp of Columbia.

Travel Grants

Purpose:  to grow our local singings by having one or more of our singers experience the growth-spurt in understanding and skill that comes from Sacred Harp travel. It is expected that the grantee will return from their travel willing to share all that they have learned with those in their local singing.

PNWSHS, Inc. has set a maximum amount of $400 per grant (and there is a limited budget so either not all applicants who are approved will receive the maximum or not all applicants will be accepted in a given year).

To apply for the travel grant submit a statement explaining what singing event the applicant wishes to attend and when, calculate the cost of the trip and state what specific grant amount would make it possible, and how this travel will benefit the applicant and the local singing upon their return. This Statement should be sent either by email to or to The Pacific NW Sacred Harp Singers, 15215 Tubbs Rd, Buckley WA 98321.

1. Applicant must be a regular local singer in Washington state who wishes to travel outside of Washington state to sing.
2. Singing events must be at least one full day long: generally conventions, all day singings and Camp Fasola.
3. Financial Need. Grants are intended for singers who would otherwise find it difficult to travel. We do not investigate your financial situation.
4. When possible we will give preference to singers who have not traveled extensively, and those who have not received a grant in the last year.
5. Grants may be as low as $50 or up to $400.
6. Grants are awarded prior to the event. Grants will not be given if the application is made after the singing event.
7. Application Statements should be submitted at least two months prior to the event you wish to attend.
8. Individuals will be granted no more than one travel grant per year.
9. Current PNWSHS, Inc. board members and their families are ineligible to receive grants.
10. The grants are given as reimbursements. Receipts or copies of the receipts are required for tuition or travel expenses at least up to the amount of the grant.

Here are two examples of trips that would meet the travel grant guidelines:
Example One: attend Camp Fasola (adult) which runs June 8-12 and all-day singings on June 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15.
Airfare round-trip from SEA to BHM travelling on the cheap days of June 5 & 16 = ~$500
Camp Fasola tuition for under 30 yr old = $250
Lodging before & after Camp and transportation in Alabama = will arrange to stay with locals and travel with locals
Amount of travel grant requested: $250
Personal benefits will be instruction gained at Camp plus experience of 4+ different All-Day Singings.
Benefit to PNWSHS will be a better-trained singer plus the chance that one or more travelling singers will come to our all-day singing(s) because this Washingtonian attended theirs.

Example Two: attend Chattahoochee Sacred Harp Convention Aug 2 & 3.
Airfare round-trip from SEA to ATL travelling on cheap days of July 31 & Aug 4 = ~$377
Lodging before & after and transportation in Atlanta = will arrange to stay with locals and travel with locals
Amount of travel grant requested: $188
Personal benefits will be singing with and absorbing from life-long prominent Sacred Harp singers while experiencing a historically important and still strong convention.
Benefit to PNWSHS will be a more experienced singer and strengthened ties between our singing community here and the singing community in Georgia, that could potentially result in reciprocal visits from those singers to our convention.

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