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Rotunda Singing

Alabama State Capitol, Montgomery, Alabama

Saturday, February 2, 2008

The 11th annual session of the Rotunda Singing was held on Saturday before the first Sunday in February at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama. Four song books were used: The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition; Christian Harmony; Colored Sacred Harp; and The B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition.

The class was called to order by Jim Carnes, who welcomed everyone and introduced Ed Bridges, Director of the Archives, who spoke briefly. Jim Carnes also recognized Joey Brackner, Steve Grauberger, and other members of the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Jim Carnes led 87, and Wayne Morgan offered the opening prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Jim Carnes; Vice Chairman—Joey Brackner; Secretary—Judy Caudle.

The first session of singing was from The Sacred Harp, 1991 edition, and Elene Stovall served as arranging committee. Leaders: Elene Stovall 171; Judy Caudle 48t; Linda Thomas 52t; Beth Branscome 565; Robert Walker 99; Josie Hyde 137; Judy Chambless 34t; Gavin Blakeley 196; Corene White and Jim Carnes 403; Gary Smith 66; Margaret Keeton 276; Doug Conn 186; Sarah Smith 290; Jonathan Blakeley and Audrie Blakeley 192.

The second session of singing was from the Christian Harmony, with Ruth Wyers serving as arranging committee. Leaders: Ruth Wyers 120; Tim Cook 61b; Billy Thompson 248; Robert Walker 49; John Etheridge 64; Bill Hogan 214; David Daniel 109; Robert DuPree 86t.

RECESS

The third session of singing was from The B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition. The class was called to order by Don Clark leading 497. Leaders: Marion Patrick 516; Ken Sundberg 507b; Karen Clark 55; Nancy Hogan 47b; Frank Hataway and Kristi Register 500, 45t; Voncil Nall 47t; Adrian Nall 358; Doug Conn 501; Ercyl Vidrine 146.

The fourth session of singing was from the Colored Sacred Harp. Leaders: John Etheridge 4; Jim Carnes 31; Ken Sundberg 95; Gavin Blakeley 87; Sarah Smith 19; Karen Clark 12. Wayne Morgan offered the blessing for the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order by Jim Carnes, who introduced Al Head, Director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, who spoke briefly. Singing for this session was from The Sacred Harp, 1991 edition. Leaders: Jim Carnes 436; Jeff Sheppard 556; Ann Webb 384; Robert Walker 35; Elene Stovall 440; Judy Caudle 182; Josie Hyde 507; Bufrey Dean 430; Beth Branscome 155; Robert Chambless 303.

The second afternoon session was held from the Christian Harmony. Leaders: Ruth Wyers 349; Nancy Hogan 321; Karen Clark 189; Steve Grauberger 143; Tim Cook 91; Jim Carnes 85b; Don Clark 149; Billy Thompson 303; Jonathan Blakeley 228; Ruth Wyers 298.

The third afternoon session was held from the Colored Sacred Harp. Leaders: Steve Grauberger 95; John Etheridge “Lord, Give Me Just A Little More Time” (for Bernice Harvey).

The final session of singing was held from the Cooper Book. Leaders: John Etheridge 464; Frank Hataway 465; Adrian Nall 393t; Judy Caudle 567, 511t (by request); Robert Walker 38t; Alice Sundberg 159; Tim Cook 488b (by request); Bill Hogan, Nancy Hogan, and Ruth Wyers 491.

Following announcements, Jim Carnes led 176t as the closing song. Elder Jonathan Blakeley offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Jim Carnes; Vice Chairman—Joey Brackner; Secretary—Judy Caudle