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North Carolina Sacred Harp Convention

Chapel Hill and Cary, North Carolina

March 1-2, 2003

Saturday, March 1

The fifteenth annual North Carolina Sacred Harp Convention was held on the first Sunday and Saturday before in March. 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.

Chairman Rich Hammer opened the convention by leading 49t. Henry Bizzell offered the morning prayer. Rich Hammer welcomed the class and led 63.

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

Leaders: Matt Cartmill 201, 352; Peggy Loddengaard 61, 81t; Kat Kincade 421, 163t; Guy Bankes 77b, 510; John Feddersen 217, 378b; Charlene Wallace 171, 441; Nancy Newell 155, 163b; Brad Hunnicutt 209, 207; Robert Stoddard 107, 497; Mary McKinney 268, 479; Dan Huger 99, 474.

RECESS

Rich Hammer called the class to order by leading 192. Leaders: Susanne Newton 350, 150; Jamie Dalton 383, 183; Rachel Speer 29t, 318; Lynda Hambourger 351, 327; Matt Cartmill 313b, 528; Peggy Loddengaard 274t, 378t; Kat Kincade 78, 142; Guy Bankes 481, 486; John Feddersen 59.

LUNCH

The singing resumed with Rich Hammer leading 49b.

A New Traditions session was held with Matt Cartmill leading “Wedding Hymn” by Jeremiah Ingalls and “Anthem for the Animals” by Matt Cartmill.

Leaders: Lynda Hambourger 236; Brad Hunnicutt 106, 77t; Erin Newton 126, 232; Robert Stoddard 280, 480; Mary McKinney 128, 40; Dan Huger 336, 32t; Suzanne Newton 569b, 532; Jamie Dalton 377, 538; Rachel Speer 100, 146.

RECESS

Rich Hammer reconvened the class by leading 162. Leaders: Lynda Hambourger 442, 453; Maria Schumann 410t, 86; Leslie Alperin 504, 39t; Matt Cartmill 547, 276; Peggy Loddengaard 215, 34b; Brad Hunnicutt 156; Robert Stoddard 52b, 114; Kat Kincade 284, 368; Guy Bankes 189, 254; John Feddersen 347, 82t; Charlene Wallace 225t, 503; Robert Stoddard 229, 38b; Leslie Alperin 196, 346; Erin Newton 26, 573; Rich Hammer 210.

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

Sunday, March 2

The Sunday session was called to order by Rich Hammer leading song on page 63. Nancy Newell offered the opening prayer. Leaders: Nancy Newell 40; Pat Ward 454; Lynda Hambourger 317; Matt Cartmill 39t, 36b; Leslie Alperin 142, 178; Tom Tucker 332, 510; Cathy Tucker 480, 144; Patricia Temple 168, 203; Mary Wright 61, 180; Gail Doss 400, 288; Rachel Speer 89, 328; Dan Huger 82t, 83b; Guy Bankes 391, 193; Charlene Wallace 192, 314.

RECESS

Rich Hammer brought the class to order leading 49b. Leaders: Peggy Loddengaard 68b, 87; Suzanne Newton 299, 472.

Lynda Hambourger conducted the memorial lesson and led song 209 for the deceased. Those remembered were: Christine Conder—Virginia; Jill McAllister—Illinois; Harold Houser, Gertrude Houser, Louise Streets, Mary Kniseley, Tommy Thompson, and Closs Wardlair.

John Feddersen led 340 for the sick and shut-ins. Those remembered were: Bill Arndt, Don Hamilton, Sharon Kellam, Kat Kincade, and Donnie McGraw. The memorial was closed.

Leaders: Erin Newton 114, 28t; Dan Huger 569b, 47b. Henry Bizzell offered the noon prayer.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was brought to order by John Feddersen leading 412. Leaders: Leslie Alperin 228, 268; Cathy Tucker 34b, 385b; Tom Tucker 448t, 501; Patricia Temple 474, 183; Gail Doss 446, 196; Mary Wright 405, 421; Guy Bankes 28b, 198; John Feddersen 153; Erin Newton 56 (t? b?), 546; Henry Bizzell 452.

RECESS

The singing resumed with Rich Hammer leading 163b. Leaders: John Feddersen 553; Suzanne Newton 369, 344; Peggy Loddengaard 335, 324; Leslie Alperin 186, 236; Patricia Temple 566; Matt Cartmill 91; Guy Bankes 276; Dan Huger 347; Tom Tucker 200; Erin Newton 71; Pat Ward 48b; Suzanne Newton 270. Announcements were made.

Lynda Hambourger gave the Treasurer’s Report and reported that monies collected were enough to meet expenses.

The chairman thanked all who participated in the planning of the singing.

The song on page 62 was sung as a closing song, and the class was dismissed with prayer led by Henry Bizzell.

Chairman—Rich Hammer; Vice Chairman—Nancy Newell; Secretary—Pat Boyd Ward.