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ORAL HISTORY

David Ivey


Camp Fasola

David Ivey, born in 1955, grew up on Sand Mountain in Northeast Alabama. He often says he started singing Sacred Harp before he was born. Ivey attended his first all day singing before the age of one. His love for the singing tradition grew from there. He and his wife Karen attend singings in Alabama most weekends.

Ivey studied Computer Science at Auburn University and is the Program Director for General Dynamics Information Technology. He and his wife live in Huntsville, Alabama. The Iveys helped establish a Sacred Harp singing school, Camp Fasola in 2002, held each summer in Double Springs, Alabama. Ivey is the president of the Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association and serves on the committee working to revise the Sacred Harp songbook.

Date of interview:
2019-09-12

Interviewer:
Michelle Little

Photographer:
Cary Norton

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