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Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Fort Worth, Texas

Saturday, January 26, 2002

The eighteenth annual Sacred Harp singing was held in Cowden Hall at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. This is the eleventh year that “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Revision” has been used, and it was an excellent singing with 106 in attendance.

Dr. David Music called the morning session to order at 9:33 a.m. and led song on page 59. The morning prayer was led by Dr. William Reynolds. After a welcome to all singers and opening comments, Dr. Music recognized Dr. Timothy Studstill as chairman of the Arranging Committee and Theresa Cunningham as Secretary.

Leaders: Leon Ballinger 299; Gaylon Powell 300; Beverly Coates 432; Dr. Bill Reynolds 159; Reed Coates 48t; Father Ronald Baker 45b; Cheryl Foreman 475; John Morris 56t; H.P. O’Mary 61; Billy Huckaby 318; Avon Miller 538; Dan Brittain 296; Liz Owen 273; Bruce Coates 276; Jeb Owen 440; Syd Caldwell 556; Tim Reynolds 45t (dedicated to Frank Sills); Sarah Coates 503; Baron Powers 268; Esther Huckaby 460; Bill Caldwell 344; Myra Palmer 441; Michelle Rogan 178; Scott Curran 196; Terre Schill 301; Myrl Jones 142; Josie Rogan 198. Dr. David Music acknowledged the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary students in attendance.


Dr. Timothy Studstill opened the second session by leading song on page 354b. Dr. David Music introduced the reporters from Fort Worth Focus. Sacred Harp will air each evening next week at 6:30 p.m.

Leaders: Gaylon Powell 78; Beverly Coates 546; Leon Ballinger 137; Father Ronald Baker 117; Myrl Jones 189; Sarah Coates 421; H.P. O’Mary 278b; Reed Coates 182; Dan Brittain 472; Avon Miller 562; Liz Owen 455; Dr. Bill Reynolds 128; Myra Palmer 208; Bruce Coates 163b; Jeb Owen 34t. Dr. David Music dismissed the class for lunch.


After several impromptu songs were sung, Dr. David Music opened the afternoon session at 1:30 p.m. Leaders: Ryan Ross 120; Cheryl Foreman 328; Tommy Sandifer 145 (t? b?); Veronica Rodriguez 349; Syd Caldwell 40; Esther Huckaby 270; Baron Powers 85; Tim Reynolds 547; Bill Caldwell 350; Michelle Rogan 215; Scott Curran 203; Billy Huckaby 47b; Dr. Bill Reynolds 155; Ryan Ross 297; Syd Caldwell 516 (in honor of Hugh McGraw and Kelly Beard); Terre Schill 375; Gaylon Powell 311; Father Ronald Baker 148; Beverly Coates 352; Myrl Jones 302; Dan Brittain 481; Leon Ballinger 217; Dr. David Music 334.

Dr. Timothy Studstill then asked for requests from those not leading, and the following song leaders were called: Esther Huchaby 358; Dan Brittain 437; Syd Caldwell 143; Jeb Owens 282; Dan Brittain 313b; Beverly Coates 150; Myra Palmer 436; Bruce Coates 569b; Dan Brittain 49b (giving thanks to his first composition teacher, Jack Dean); Tim Studstill 127; Gaylon Powell 47t; Josh Rogan 454.

Dr. David Music gave the benediction, and Dr. Bill Reynolds was asked to close with 45t, “Amazing Grace.”

Chairman—Dr. David Music; Secretary—Theresa Cunningham.