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The Swannanoa Gathering Shape Note Singing

Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The 3rd annual Swannanoa Gathering Shape Note Singing was held in the Morris Pavilion at Warren Wilson College. Jane Spencer called the singers to order leading 58b (CH). Shannon Primm offered the opening prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Jane Spencer; Vice Chairman—Ron Pen; Secretary—Chris Wilhelm.

The first session was from Walker’s The Christian Harmony. Leaders: Ron Pen 381-D (CH); Chris Wilhelm 198 (CH); Dot Lane 215t (CH); Robert Kelley 69t (CH); Shannon Primm 253 (CH); Claudia Dean 88 (CH); Tina Becker 136 (CH); Don Wiley 217 (CH); Julianne Wiley 36b (CH); Mary Baumeister 71t (CH); Virginia Douglas 59t (CH); Michael Spencer 322t (CH); Ann Strange 55b (CH); Dan Huger 248b (CH).

RECESS

The next session was from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Jane Spencer brought the class back to order leading 33b. Leaders: Ron Pen 146; Chris Wilhelm 316; Michael Spencer 113; Robert Kelley 402; Shannon Primm 129 (for John Plunkett); Tina Becker 209; Mary Baumeister 499; Julianne Wiley 38b; Mimi Wright 39t; Claudia Dean 312b; Don Wiley 35; Dan Huger 501; Virginia Douglas 84; Dot Lane and Barbara Denson 373; Ron Pen 455 (by request).

LUNCH

Ron Pen brought the class back to order leading 45t. He expressed appreciation to all who helped with the singing and to Warren Wilson College. Leaders: Jane Spencer and Rayna Gellert 176b; Chris Wilhelm 351; Michael Spencer 278t; Robert Kelley 353; Shannon Primm 350; Tina Becker 268; Mary Baumeister 106; Claudia Dean 42; Don Wiley 569b; Dan Huger 269; Virginia Douglas 40; Susan Stone 347; Diane Eskenasy 200.

RECESS

The next session was from The Southern Harmony. Jane Spencer brought the class back to order leading 62 (SoH) and 318 (SoH). Leaders: Ron Pen 159b (SoH); Chris Wilhelm 165t (SoH), 330b (SoH); Dot Lane and Grace Ellis 38 (SoH); Michael Spencer 41 (SoH), 102 (SoH); Robert Kelley 73 (SoH), 141 (SoH); Shannon Primm 72t (SoH), 106b (SoH); Tina Becker 71 (SoH), 332 (SoH); Mary Baumeister 76 (SoH), 109 (SoH); Don Wiley 143 (SoH), 198 (SoH); Claudia Dean 32 (SoH), 28 (SoH); Dan Huger 92t (SoH), 89t (SoH).

Jane Spencer, Ron Pen, and Chris Wilhelm led 267 as the closing song. Michael Spencer offered prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Jane Spencer; Vice Chairman—Ron Pen; Secretary—Chris Wilhelm