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Saint Louis Native American Flute Circle
Last Sundays

On the last Sunday of every month at 1:30pm at the Divine Science Church of Crestwood, Eddie and Park roads
Native flute flutes "flute talk"... have fun! Drummers welcome....listeners to the public
Visit: or email
Acoustic Jam Session at the Historic Cahokia IL Courthouse
Second Saturdays

Acoustic Jam session at the Historic Cahokia Courthouse, Cahokia, Il held the second Saturday each month from 2 pm to 4 pm. This Jam used to be held at the Cahokia Public Library and has moved to the Old Courthouse. Acoustic instruments welcome, listeners welcome, dancers welcome.
Contact Robb Bledsoe at or visit or call 618-337-7251
Acoustic Music Jam at St. Peters Community and Arts Center
Every Wednesday

7-9 pm, Acoustic Music Jam at the St. Peters, MO Community and Arts Center, 1035 St. Peters-Howell Road. This newly forming ongoing group offers a comfortable environment for playing and singing. Any instruments, as long as you don't plug them in! Admission $3; adults.
For information email or call Sue at 636-939-0217.
Hammered Dulcimer Club
Third Sundays

Meets at Music Folk. For all enthusiasts - The Very Hammered Dulcimer Society is looking for new members, and is launching a new meeting format. Meetings are from 1:00-3:00 pm and include workshop time in the first hour and open jam in the second half. Teachers from Music Folk and guest instructors will present workshop topics for different levels of expertise. Other acoustic instruments are welcome, and who knows - there may be cookies!
Check the FolkLine ext 1-7 or Call Renee Poirier at 314-849-8184 or Carole Bryan at 961-4163.
Shape Note Singing
First, Third and Fifth Mondays

St. Louis Shape Note Singers sing an a capella style of religious music featuring strong harmonies and haunting poetry. All are welcome. No experience needed. On first Mondays we meet in University City. Call Barbara or John at 314-726-5838 for directions. On third Mondays we meet at Covenant Presbyterian Church (room 11 downstairs), 2143 New Ballas Rd., 7:00 - 9:30pm (or as soon as enough singers arrive). Call for the location of the singing on fifth Mondays.
Read a Review of one of their recordings.
For information go to, e-mail or call Dave Ressler at 314-776-7477.
Shape Note Singing in Columbia, MO
Second & Fourth Tuesdays
"To God and to the Lamb I will sing"

Experienced singers and beginners are welcome! Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 W. Rollins Rd. at Manor Dr. at 7:30 pm.
For information call Wendy Hofmann at (573) 446-1075.
St. Louis Harmony Chorus

Member of Sweet Adelines International organization, for women who like to sing and perform four-part harmony in the barbershop style. Programs include jazz, pop, patriotic, 50's, Christmas and inspirational music. Weekly rehersals, periodic workshops and retreats, and special coaching sessions. 7:30 pm at the SLCC Arts Center, 11631 Olive Street Road, Creve Coeur.
Call Sandi Wright 314-361-3189 or visit for information.
St. Louis African Chorus

Song, dance and drumming from authentic African traditions. For adults and children. Call to audition or to receive a newsletter.
Special Event - February 27: Ladysmith Black Mambazo with special guest appearance by the St. Louis African Chorus at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Concert time is 7:30 pm, and tickets are available through MetroTix, 534-1111.

For information call 314-652-6800 or visit
Folk U

Something new about a lot of things old and even some things not so old. A place to learn and share folk music, folklore, history, and folk arts. Specialized classes are to be held on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. at 3301 Cambridge Avenue, Maplewood, Mo., or can be held at your own location by special arrangement.
For information email Rick Ulman.
Focal Point Acoustic Jam

Join in for a very open, relaxed acoustic jam every Thursday from 7:15 - 9:15 pm at Focal Point, call for temporary location. This group is nurturing, spontaneous, very open to beginners, and offers a comfortable environment for tune making and singing for all types of acoustic music. Admission $3.00. Visit, Call Linda at 314-961-7427 or Dan at 314-968-7064 for information.
Music Folk Acoustic Jam
First and Third Saturdays, Wednesdays

Music Folk sponsors an acoustic jam on the first and third Saturdays of every month from 3-5:00 p.m. at their store located at 8015 Big Bend in Webster Groves. Musicians should bring their own acoustic (no electrics, please) instruments.
Music Folk is also the resource for individual lessons on the following instruments: autoharp, banjo, fiddle, guitar, hammered and mountain dulcimer, harmonica and mandolin.
Visit or call Andy or Marcia Ploof at 314-961-2838 for information.
St. Louis Spelmanslag
Irregular Saturdays

Musicians of all instruments and abilities with an interest in the folk music of the Scandinavian countries are invited to play with the Spelmanslag.
We generally meet at member's homes on Saturday afternoons. The Spelmanslag also plays for the Scandinavian Bygedans dancers, the Nordic Dancers, and at various ethnic festivals.
For information contact Paul Russell at or 314-721-0724.
Missouri Fiddlers & Country Music Association
Second Sunday

This group is the oldest chartered fiddle group in Missouri and is dedicated to carrying on the heritage of old time country music. Especially interested in young musicians and have several acoustic instruments for lending. MFCMA meets on the second Sunday of every month at the Kirkwood Community Center on Geyer Road from 1:00-5:00 pm. Musicians may bring any acoustic instrument.

Contact Vesta Johnson at 821-7181 for information.
Songwriters in the Round
4th Thursdays

Members of the St Louis chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International perform in the round on the 4 th Thursday of each month at
Off Broadway
3509 Lemp
St Louis MO 63118
For more info, visit or phone 314-773-3363
Missouri Society of Songwriters and Musicians

The MSSM is a professional organization dedicated to the business and craft of creating music, with members all over Missouri. Meetings at The Coffee Grind, 404 E. Hwy. 72 in Rolla. Join the MSSM for $27.00 and get the monthly newsletter packed with industry information. People of all ages, abilities and musical styles are invited to attend.
For more info, call Susan at 573-226-5620.
St. Louis Recorder Society
Third Sundays

Meets from 3:00-5:00 pm at regularly in the facilities of the UM-St. Louis Music Department, which is located on the UM-St. Louis South Campus on the South side of Natural Bridge Road, about halfway between the old Normandy Community Hospital and University Drive, the main entrance to the UM-St. Louis North Campus. There are no meetings during the summer.
Programs are chosen to appeal to a variety of interests and playing levels. Sometimes there is a brief educational program and there's always playing in large and small groups. Meetings are free, annual membership of $15 available. All level of recorder players are welcome. See our article in the January 1998 issue.
For information, call Kathy Sherrick at 314-822-2594 or email
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