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Special Inaugural Singing
from the Georgian Harmony

Hollingsworth Home, Ila, Georgia

Saturday, February 16, 2008

John and Elsie Hollingsworth hosted a special singing at their home in Ila, Georgia, to debut The Georgian Harmony, a songbook of shape note compositions by Raymond C. Hamrick of Macon, Georgia. John Hollingsworth called the class to order by leading 29. The opening prayer was offered by John Plunkett.

The following officers were elected: Chairman—John Plunkett; Vice Chairman—John Hollingsworth; Secretary—Jane Spencer.

John Plunkett spoke on the history of The Georgian Harmony, and emphasized that the book is currently an ongoing project to publish Raymond Hamrick’s compositions, with support from the South Georgia Sacred Harp Singing Convention. Raymond Hamrick expressed his appreciation for the hard work that John Hollingsworth and John Plunkett have continued to pour into this project. John Hollingsworth thanked Mr. Hamrick for his considerable contributions.

Mr. Hamrick reminded the class that because this music was new to most of us, we would be experiencing lessons in their truest forms, as did the singers who sang shape note music before there were recordings to rely upon.

Leaders: John Plunkett 82; Jane Spencer 13; Billy Hollingsworth 25; Helen Bryson 15; Michael Spencer 9; Nathan Rees 68; Lee Rogers 51; Richard DeLong 18; Lela Crowder 19; Frances Carnell 34; Mary Baumeister 14.


John Plunkett called the class back to order leading 26. Leaders: Judy Mincey 72; Robert Kelley 95; Hugh McGraw 94; Sarah Ward 84b; Deborah Jones 24; Harry Eskew 1; Chris Wilhelm 79; Susan Posey 89; Cat Lyons 36; Leon Carnell 22; Liz Bryant 11; Jackie Elsner 10; Barbara Newell 56; Raymond Hamrick 65, 54. Loyd Landrum offered thanks for the noon meal.


John Plunkett called the class back to order leading 81. Leaders: Bob Goodman 45; John Hollingsworth 20; Jane Spencer 3; Billy Hollingsworth 43; Helen Bryson 42; Michael Spencer 44, 33; Nathan Rees 66; Lee Rogers 86; Richard DeLong 62; Lela Crowder 63; Frances Carnell 4; Mary Baumeister 80; Judy Mincey 78.


Robert Kelly called the class back to order leading 83. Leaders: Hugh McGraw 32; Sarah Ward 8; Deborah Jones 88; Harry Eskew 38; Chris Wilhelm 87; Susan Posey 57; Cat Lyons 47; Liz Bryant 67; Jackie Elsner 27; Raymond Hamrick 16.

John Plunkett led 21 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Harry Eskew, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—John Plunkett; Vice Chairman—John Hollingsworth; Secretary—Jane Spencer