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Come and Sit a Spell at


Preserving Southern Congregational Singing


The Critically-Acclaimed Production of

Heaven's Front Porch


Friday, March 24 - 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 25 - 2:00 pm

Friday, November 3 - 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 4 - 2:00 pm


Tickets for all shows are $15 and may purchased online at the link below

or at the door as long as seats are available

No extra fees added... all tickets are $15.

Groups of 15 or more who purchase tickets at least a week ahead

will have a block of seats reserved.

For Group Information: 945/542-8186

Masks will not be required but will be welcomed.

See "What to Expect" Below.

To find Chautauqua, set GPS for 300 S. Grand Ave.

For information about your visit to Waxahachie and directions to the Chautauqua Auditorium,

click on the ABOUT WAXAHACHIE TAB above.

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The hour-and-forty-five-minute staged show features the southern congregational songs from the first half of the twentieth century performed by a 15-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 primarily of auditioned singers and musicians from Ellis County and contiguous counties in North Texas... with a few from further away, two even Louisiana!


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.



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 1,500-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,



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!

The historic auditorium has limited
restroom facilities!

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


Waxahachie, TX 75165

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