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New York State Sacred Harp Convention

Jacksonville, New York

October 18-19, 2002

Friday, October 18

The fourteenth annual New York State Sacred Harp Convention was held at Close Hall, Jacksonville, New York on Friday and Saturday before the third Sunday in October. Chair Ginny Huszagh opened the convention on Friday at 7:00 p.m. with song on page 48t. George Seiler offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Laura Densmore 137; the class sang 49t; Eric Bean 285t; Juanita Heyerman 128; Ron Bornick 87; Kat Kinkade 290; Allen Fannin 448b; Jean Seiler 270; Dennis Leipold 107; Eileen Metzger 106; John Redman 143; George Seiler 183; Jayel Tober 200; Thom Metzger 274t; Pat Geritz 68b; Bill Holt 148; Laura Timmerman 228; Bob Parr 71; Margaret Bornick 268.


Ginny Huszagh called the class back to order leading song on page 377. Leaders: Howard Katz 313 (t? b?); Walter Hartley 178; Richard Schmeidler 66; Dan Hertzler 67; Anne Kazlauskas 280; Barbara Swetman 168; Scott Luscombe 481; Ginny Huszagh 56b; Laura Densmore 542; Juanita Heyerman 38t; Ron Bornick 84; Kat Kinkade 163t; Allen Fannin 236; Jean Seiler 191; Dennis Leipold 192; Eileen Metzger 376; John Redman 284; George Seiler 497; Jayel Tober 181; Thom Metzger 89; Pat Geritz 503; Bill Holt 203; Laura Timmerman 111b; Bob Parr 142.

Ginny Huszagh led song on page 102. George Seiler offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Saturday, October 19

The Saturday morning session was called to order by Ginny Huszagh leading song on page 46. Barbara Swetman then went over the rudiments, and led songs on pages 34b, 73b, and 146.


The class reconvened as Ginny Huszagh led song on page 63. Bob Wheeler conducted a singing school on the history of singing in New England, and led the following songs: “Yorke Tune” (Scottish Psalter), 479, 107, and 155.


The class was reconvened by Ginny Huszagh leading song on page 28b. Leaders: Dennis Leipold 474; Margaret Bornick 504; Guy Bankes 486; Cuba Ray 45 (t? b?); Walter Hartley 40; Gary Herrmann 299; Dan Hertzler 430; Deanna Anderson 31t; Sue Hengelsberg 127; Anne Kazlauskas 118; Paul Gauthier 218; Barbara Swetman 297; Regina Daly 49t; Scott Luscombe 32b; Hugh Anderson 551; Ginny Huszagh 112; Diane Holmlund 59; Juanita Heyerman 52t; Joy Wheeler 147t; Ron Bornick 454; Kat Kinkade 528.


The class was reconvened by Ginny Huszagh leading song on page 273. Leaders: Allen Fannin 70 (t? b?); Jean Seiler 217; Dennis Leipold 208; Eileen Metzger 201; John Redman 513; Howard Katz 408; George Seiler 347; Jayel Tober 38 (t? b?); Thom Metzger 99; Laura Densmore 76 (t? b?); Patricia Geritz 47 (t? b?); Eric Bean 70 (t? b?); Bill Holt 550; Laura Timmerman 81 (t? b?); Bob Parr 419; Richard Schmeidler 254; Margaret Bornick 472; Guy Bankes 147 (t? b?); Cuba Ray 569b; Walter Hartley 150; Gary Herrmann 47 (t? b?); Gerry Hoffman 162; Dan Hertzler 162; Ginny Huszagh 106; Deanna Anderson 117; Paul Gauthier 565; Susan Hengelsberg 344; Lucy Roberts 312b; Anne Kazlauskas 327; Barbara Swetman 417; Scott Luscombe 195; Hugh Anderson 209.

Dennis Leipold conducted the memorial lesson for the deceased, and led song on page 339. The deceased remembered were: Jean Johnson—California; Frances Beasley Lee—Florida; Kenneth DeLong and Virginia Redman—Georgia; Caroline Henderson Frost—New Hampshire; Andreas Albrecht, Frank Harlan Bean, Harry Bingham, John Bishop (10/13/02), Bryce Butler, Jack Carman, Harry DuBrin, Harriet Henry, Juan Pablo Infante, Timmy Mills (10 years old), Jim Nichols, Paul Vasko, Jr., Vaughn Ward, and Mr. Westmiller—New York; Alice Gauthier—Massachusetts; Martha Eike—Missouri; Dean Cowles—Oregon; Vincent Fago and Rose O’Ryan—Vermont.

Jean Seiler spoke for the sick and shut-ins and led song on page 68b. Those who were remembered were: Marilyn Darch—California; Neeley Bruce—Connecticut; Dot Garber—Georgia; Gray Osterud—Massachusetts; Gina Balestracci—New Jersey; David Luscombe—New York; Bettle Massett—Ontario, Canada; Hal Kunkel—Pennsylvania. The memorial was closed.

Leaders: Ginny Huszagh 87; Juanita Heyerman 58; Diane Holmlund 108 (t? b?); Joy Wheeler 370; Ron Bornick 178; Ginny Huszagh 189; Jean Seiler 236; Dennis Leipold 245; Eileen Metzger 30 (t? b?); John Redman 475; Anne Kazlauskas 71; George Seiler 473; Howard Katz 30b; Thom Metzger 270; Laura Densmore 83 (t? b?); Patricia Geritz 523; Bill Holt 448 (t? b?); Laura Timmerman 319; Bob Parr 480; Bob Wheeler 84; Eric Huther 457; the class 410 (t? b?), 452.


The class was called back for the afternoon session by Ginny Huszagh leading song on page 298. Th class then sang new music with the following leaders called: Diane Holmlund “Samantra” (EH); Gerry Hoffman “Denton”; Laura Densmore “Ten Thousand Charms”; Barbara Swetman “Wingate” (EH); Dan Hertzler “O Turn Ye”; Laura Timmerman “I Am A Stranger Here Below.”

Ginny Huszagh then did the state count of those attending the Convention, and Juanita Heyerman gave the Resolutions Committee report.

Leaders: Richard Schmeidler 490; Denise Morris 524; Guy Bankes 549; Deanna Anderson 277; Sue Hengelsberg 276; Lucy Roberts 186; Hugh Anderson 86.


The class was called to order by Ginny Huszagh leading song on page 198. Leaders: Juanita Heyerman 133; Eileen Metzger 100; Anne Kazlauskas 61; Howard Katz 415; Thom Metzger 29b; Bill Holt 534; Bob Parr 391; Walter Hartley 535; Dan Hertzler 122; Laura Densmore 157; Laura Timmerman 499; Ginny Huszagh 163b; Barbara Swetman 155; Gerry Hoffman 477.

Announcements were made. Ginny Huszagh led song on page 62 as the closing song, Dan Hertzler offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Secretary—Juanita Heyerman.