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from Folks

Who Have Attended


I have heard some great vocal performances over recent years, but the small town "camp meeting" atmosphere of the Old Fashioned Singing was especially touching for me. I was able to sing along to so many of the songs that I remember from my childhood. - Jacqueline


We had a great time. The singing was awesome! - Peggy


The quality of presentation and the energy put forth made for the most memorable and inspirational performance that I've witnessed in quite some time. - John


Thank you for an incredible evening and for reminding me of good times from my childhood. - Carol


Thank you for the countless hours you must have invested to produce Waxahachie’s Old-Fashioned Singing.  We had a wonderful time.  The selections were presented well, and your ensemble & set looked authentic. I have emailed and called several friends to encourage them to attend.  - Julie


It was wonderful, very inspiring! Everything went so very well.  I know you have worked so very hard for perfection....just wanted you to know....you got there....it was PERFECT!!!! We enjoyed it immensely and will be back again.  - Nelda


I really enjoyed the program last evening. I was familiar with almost every song and was glad we were invited to sing along now and then. I look forward to the next time. - Pat



The Place 

Built in Getzendaner Park in 1902, the earliest events in the historic octagonal Chautauqua Auditorium included the singing of sacred music. 

Once again, those sounds are being heard on five weekends in 2011 with the first season of  Waxahachie’s “ Old Fashioned Singing.” 

Performances by Will Rogers (1927) and lectures  by William Jennings Bryan (1909) were among the events hosted in the 2,500-seat Chautauqua Auditorium. In 1906 there was an exhibition of ‘moving pictures.’ Laced among the cultural events in this great performance hall were times of preaching, bible teaching… and sacred music.  

From its construction in 1902 until 1930, hundreds of tents were pitched around the park for the annual “Chautauqua Summer Encampment and Assembly” - a tradition which has been re-instated as an annual one-day celebration. 

For more information from the Chautauqua Preservation Society,

visit www.discoverculture.org. 

The Shows

The hour-and-forty-five minute staged show features the southern congregational songs* from the first half of the twentieth century performed by a 12-member vocal ensemble with live instruments, very much in keeping with what might have been heard here in this building’s first years. At times, you will be invited to join the singing of familiar favorites. 

You’ll hear quality arrangements of several well-known hymns and gospel songs as well as some less-familiar tunes which enjoyed great popularity at another time in our rich history of congregational singing – especially in the southern United States.

This is not exactly a concert… it’s not a sing-along… it’s not just a show with a plot or story-line. Waxahachie’s Old Fashioned Singing is unique in its format and its setting. Our goal is to be musical, historical, spiritual – and great fun! 

The onstage cast is made up of auditioned singers and musicians from Ellis County and contiguous counties in North Texas.

The Experience

You’re seated on a slatted bench in a wood-covered room; the side-panels have been raised, and a cool breeze blows in from the west. A ceiling fan hums overhead, and you may find yourself using a ‘funeral fan’ for the first time in a long time.

 The lights are dimmed, a church bell rings, and the cast takes over the stage. Suddenly you are surrounded by the sound of some of the best-prepared, best-presented arrangements of the great hymns and gospel songs of the last century.  The singing and the stories carry you back to the first half of the 20th Century. The music is fun to listen to – but you realize it has a meaningful message. It speaks to you… down deep.

You laugh. You cry. You pat your foot. You sing along now and then.  But mostly, you watch and listen!

You remember the way you used to attend  similar events in the past.  Or maybe this is the first time you’ve ever been to a singin’ like this.

It’s then that you realize this is so much more than a show… or a concert. On this afternoon in this place, your faith is renewed, and you leave this place a happier person than when you arrived. 

That’s how it is here at Waxahachie’s Old Fashioned Singing. We hope you’ll join us.


So You'll Know What to Expect:


A majority of the program is presented by the on-stage cast of auditioned singers, presenting well-prepared arrangements of the songs. At times you will be invited to sing along, but for the most part, the cast carries the show. While it is truly a "show," you will find it worshipful and meaningful... no matter what your musical tastes. There's something about these songs that draws us in and refreshes our spirits.


Bring a cushion or quilt --  the wooden pews are hard,

but they do have backs!


Note: The Auditorium is wheel-chair accessible, and handicapped parking is available near that entrance.


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For information on restaurants and motels,

see page 2 of the Group Leader Information Page.




The Old Fashioned Singing Project - 108 Pleiade Circle - Waxahachie, TX 75165 - 972/923-2709