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Charlotte Sacred Harp Singing

Archdale Church of Christ, Charlotte, North Carolina

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The 1st annual Charlotte Sacred Harp Singing was held at the Archdale Church of Christ, Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday before the second Sunday in February.

Elder Russ McCollough began the day by offering prayer. Katherine Sullivan and Walter Hartley called the class to order, and introduced Hugh McGraw, singing school master. Mr. McGraw instructed the class in the rudiments of Sacred Harp music, then led 49t, 49b, 64, and 155. He called others to stand in the square to lead songs, and concluded the singing school with singing.


The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Katherine Sullivan; Vice Chairman—Walter Hartley; Secretary/Arranging Committee—Danny Arms; Treasurer—Nick Bowen.

Walter Hartley brought the class to order by leading 299. Leaders: Danny Arms 177; Rachel Rudi 162, 335; Michael Johnston 198, 208; Eddie Mash 178, 66; Laura Krueger 183, 277; Jonathan Smith 276, 46; Nathan Rees 517, 73t; Tina Becker 186, 40; Mary Baumeister 30b, 56b; Dan Huger 386, 99; Linda Schissler 59, 145t; Diane Eskewasy 200, 222; Betsy Graham sang “Fifty Miles of Elbow Room” solo. Brother Jack Furr offered the blessing for the noon meal.


Walter Hartley brought the afternoon session to order by leading 236.

Katherine Sullivan conducted the memorial lesson. She spoke and read the following names of the deceased: Charles Young, Michael Pollack, and Jack Thompson. She then read the following names of the sick and shut-ins: Faith Haynes, Charles Haynes, Lolita Cotaco, Diana Nelson, Ruby Graham, Lillian Graham, Lillian B. Graham, Charles Haymaker, Venson Arms, Carol (NLN), and Vera (NLN). Walter Hartley led 347, and the memorial lesson was closed.

Leaders: Danny Arms 218, 547; Nathan House 159; Hugh McGraw and his great-granddaughter, Mia Biehler 45t; Chris Wilhem 30t (for Mary Thompson’s father), 480; Mary Cicotello 72b, 81t; Tina Becker 535, 273; Nathan Rees 75, 217; Jonathan Smith 224, 215; Laura Krueger 547, 504; Mary Baumeister 499, 484; Dan Huger 268, 137; Micheal Johnston 479; John Apple 151, 39b; David Witherspoon 566, 448b.


The class was brought back together by Walter Hartley leading 146 and 147t. Leaders: Eddie Mash and Anne Strange 481, 500; Chris Wilhem 77t, 86; Nathan Rees and Meridith Edgerton 384; Jonathan Smith 383, 182; Mary Baumeister 565, 51; Dan Huger 501, 497; David Witherspoon 128; John Apple 254; Laura Krueger 160b, 338; Danny Arms 282, 304; Nathan Rees 171.

Following announcements, Eddie Mash led 62 as the closing song, and the class took the parting hand. Elder Russ McCollough offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Katherine Sullivan; Vice Chairman—Walter Hartley; Secretary/Arranging Committee—Danny Arms