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University of Georgia “Old Harp Singing”

State Botanical Gardens, Athens, Georgia

February 25, 1996

The twenty-third session of the Old Harp Singing of songs from the Social Harp and the Sacred Harp was held in the Visitor Center of the State Botanical Gardens on the fourth Sunday in February. The Social Harp was used in the morning, except where noted, and the afternoon singing was from the Sacred Harp.

The class was called together by John Garst leading song on page 544 in the Sacred Harp. Hugh McGraw gave the opening prayer. The class organized by electing last year’s slate to serve again as officers: Chairman—John Garst; Vice Chairman—John Hollingsworth; Secretary—Charlene Wallace. Judy Mincey was appointed as Arranging Committee and Lee Rogers as Assistant Secretary. John Garst led song on page 51 from the Social Harp. Leaders: John Hollingsworth 76b, 76t; Lee Rogers 53, 133; Judy Mincey 133, 135; Dan Bailey 171, 173; Joyce Harrison 208b, 190b; Henry Zittrouer 68t, 143 (Sacred Harp); Helen Bryson 42, 89; David Grant 33t, 198.

RECESS

John Hollingsworth called the class together leading song on page 250 of the Social Harp. Leaders: Bruce King 156, 118t; Richard DeLong 31, 37; Angela Benton 86, 90; Don Bowen 87, 194; Jeff Sheppard 176, 78; Billy Hollingsworth 79b, 160; Ash Raymond 52t, 20; Annette Raymond 83, 115; Kelly Morris 55b; Laura Akerman 191; Richard DeLong 154, 228; John Garst 155.

LUNCH

Lee Rogers opened the afternoon session of singing from the Sacred Harp leading songs on pages 352 and 327. Leaders: Kevin Kelly 52b; Janet Shepherd 155; Joyce Harrison 236; David Grant 287, 154; Helen Bryson 179, 182; Richard Johnson 273, 454; Raymond Hamrick 81, 231. Richard DeLong led song on page 230 and gave a short introduction to Sacred Harp singing for visitors and new singers, illustrating with songs on 72b and 110.

RECESS

John Hollingsworth called the class together leading song on page 186. Leaders: Judy Mincey 475; Ash Raymond 479, 56t; Bruce King 268, 457; Kevin Kelly 49b; Charlene Wallace 49t, 425b; Kelly Morris 147t, 34t; Karen Morris 178t, 299; Laura Akerman 434, 341; Judy Mincey 133 (for Michael Lindsey). John Garst led the closing song on page 62. The class was dismissed with prayer by John Hollingsworth.

Respectfully submitted, Lee Rogers.

Chairman—John Garst; Vice Chairman—John Hollingsworth; Secretary—Charlene Wallace.