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North Carolina Sacred Harp Convention

Chapel Hill and Cary, North Carolina

March 2-3, 2002

Saturday, March 2

The fourteenth annual North Carolina Sacred Harp Convention was held on the first Sunday in March and the Saturday before. The Saturday session was held at the Amity United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Sunday session was held at the Page Walker Hotel, Cary, North Carolina.

Outgoing Chair Lynda Hambourger opened the convention by leading song on page 49t. Henry Bizzell led the morning prayer. Lynda Hambourger welcomed the class and led song on page 63.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed: Chairman—Rich Hammer; Vice Chairman—Henry Bizzell; Secretary—Pat Boyd Ward; Treasurer—Erin Newton; Arranging Committee—Lynda Hambourger and Susan Kelley.

Leaders: Rich Hammer 163b; John Feddersen 189; Guy Bankes 77b; Mary Wright 480; Patricia Temple 481; Suzanne Newton 350; Nancy Newell 155; Henry Bizzell 34b; Blake Morris 370; Peggy Loddengaard 378t; Dan Huger 32t; Matt Cartmill 192; Leslie Alperin 178; Brad Hunnicutt 35; Lynda Hambourger 150; John Feddersen 89; Guy Bankes 142, 143; Mary Wright 71, 180.


Rich Hammer called the class to order leading song on page 354t. Leaders: Patricia Temple 168, 135; Suzanne Newton 299, 141; Tom Dillon 535; Nancy Newell 46, 47b; Henry Bizzell 354b, 127; Mary McKinney 40; Blake Morris 57, 501; Peggy Loddengaard 61, 133; Dan Huger 137, 474; Matt Cartmill 547, 242; Brad Hunnicutt 113, 31 (t? b?).


The singing resumed with Rich Hammer leading song on page 47t. Leaders: Leslie Alperin 209, 186; Lynda Hambourger 478, 317b; John Feddersen 285t, 415; Guy Bankes 236, 120; Mary Wright 108t, 270; Patricia Temple 64, 312t; Suzanne Newton 532, 284; Blake Morris 254.


Henry Bizzell reconvened the class by leading song on page 452. Leaders: Tom Dillon 446; Nancy Newell 159, 156; Henry Bizzell 569 (t? b?); Blake Morris 442, 297; Mary McKinney 479, 193; Peggy Loddengaard 68b, 82t; Dan Huger 207, 347; Matt Cartmill 391, 109.

Announcements were made. Henry Bizzell dismissed the class with prayer.

A late afternoon session featured new music and songs from the “Christian Harmony”. Composers of new music led their own songs: Guy Bankes “Willow Green;” Blake Morris “Submission”, “Anticipation.”

Sunday, March 3

The Sunday session was called to order by Henry Bizzell leading song on page 59. Henry Bizzell gave the opening prayer. Leaders: Art Broadus 480, 523; Leslie Alperin 228, 504; Guy Bankes 556, 441; Erin Newton 31t, 192; Matt Cartmill 313b, 352; Mary Wright 510, 290; John Feddersen 550, 524; Dan Huger 300, 417; Peggy Loddengaard 274t.


Henry Bizzell brought the class to order leading song on page 163b. Leaders: Peggy Loddengaard 378b; Nancy Newell 497; Lynda Hambourger 384, 448t; Suzanne Newton 493, 277; Patricia Temple 198, 72b; Don Ward 86, 229; Pat Ward 324, 454; Art Broadus 77b. Henry Bizzell offered the blessing for lunch.


The afternoon session was brought to order by Henry Bizzell leading song on page 40. Leaders: John Feddersen 242; Brad Hunnicutt 149, 122; Art Broadus 143.

Brad Hunnicutt gave the memorial lesson and led song 70t for the deceased. Those remembered were: Mary K. Friday—Washington, D.C.; J.B. Parker—Georgia; Mary Hobbs and Ron Baker—North Carolina; Maurine Mitchell—Arkansas; Ed Mitchell—Delaware; Judi Rivkin—Minnesota.

Suzanne Newton led song on page 48t for the sick and shut-ins and their caregivers: Tommy Thompson, Jessie Eustice, Carolyn Tate, Donnie McGraw, and Hugh McGraw. The memorial lesson was closed.

Leaders: Leslie Alperin 148, 268; Guy Bankes 269, 171; Erin Newton 200, 344; Mary Wright 121, 314; John Feddersen 390, 332.


The singing resumed with Rich Hammer leading song on page 47t.

Erin Newton gave the Treasurer’s Report stating that monies collected were enough to meet expenses.

Leaders: Dan Huger 73t, 101t; Peggy Loddengaard 154, 551; Nancy Newell 38t, 38b; Lynda Hambourger 260, 327; Suzanne Newton 306, 334; Patricia Temple 27, 475; Pat Ward 82b; Don Ward 117; Rich Hammer 45 (t? b?).

Announcements were made. The chairman thanked all those who participated in the planning of the singing, and led song on page 62 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Henry Bizzell.

Chairman—Rich Hammer; Vice Chairman—Henry Bizzell; Secretary—Pat Boyd Ward.