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NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa and David Ivey at the awards ceremony

NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa and 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellow David Ivey. At the awards ceremony, Shigekawa said, "A song leader in a unique a cappella shape note tradition associated with The Sacred Harp hymnal, David Ivey is a teacher of aspiring singers, many of whom travel to northern Alabama from great distances to learn the distinct shape note vocal techniques and repertoire. He is a co-founder of a summer camp, the first of its kind, dedicated to Sacred Harp singing, a model that now has been replicated in Europe."