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Rotunda Singing

Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The 14th annual session of the Rotunda Singing was held on Saturday before the first Sunday in February in the foyer of the Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama. Four song books were used: The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition; the Christian Harmony, 2010; The B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition; and the Colored Sacred Harp.

The class was called to order by Bill Hogan leading 36b (CB). He welcomed the class and introduced Joey Brackner of the Alabama State Council on the Arts. The opening prayer was offered by Henry Guthery.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Bill Hogan, Vice Chairman—Joey Brackner, Secretary—Nancy Hogan; Arranging Committee—Cassie Allen, Judy Chambless, and Nancy Hogan.

The first session of singing was from The B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition. Leaders: Bill Hogan 82; Nancy Hogan 148; Adrian Nall and Voncile Nall 146; Cassie Allen 355; Nathan Rees 286b; Ken Sundberg 340; Karen Clark 573; Alice Sundberg 474; Robert Walker 393t; Jonathan Smith 98.

The second session of singing was from the Christian Harmony, 2010. Leaders: Billy Thompson 91; Mike Spencer 166; Henry Guthery 1, David Daniel 180; Ann Jett 149; Luke Daniel 287; Kugar Crump 248; Jonathan Blakeley 187b; Steve Grauberger 117. Mr. Ed Bridges, Director of the Archives, offered welcome comments to the class.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Jim Carnes leading 436. The third session of singing was from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Leaders: Hubert Nall 313t; Robert Chambless 225t; Jack Nelson 318; Bea Carnathan 568; Ann Webb 142; Fred Hoerr 285t; Audrey Blakeley and J.T. Blakeley 35; Doug Conn 460; Darlu Nall 178; Waylon Blakeley and Chita Blakeley 430; Jim Aaron 503; Graham Pritchett 276; Wayne Morgan 282; Judy Chambless 501; Ercyl Vidrine 68b.

The fourth session of singing was from the Colored Sacred Harp. Leaders: Bill Hogan 4, Kennon Smith 18; Karen Clark 12; Judy Chambless 62; Ken Sundberg 24; Steve Grauberger 63; Bill Hogan 87. Karen Clark, Bill Hogan, and Nancy Hogan led “Lord, Give Me Just A Little More Time”. Hubert Nall offered the blessing for the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order by Bill Hogan leading 497 (CB). Leaders and selections from the B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition: Joey Brackner 361; Frank Strickland 100; Kennon Smith 239; Ermon Richmond 406; Tim Taylor 77t; Michael Rogers 30b; Jim McIntyre and Geri McIntyre 484; Gavin Blakeley 67; Fred Hoerr 31t; Adrian Nall 358; Robert Walker 501.

The second afternoon session was held from the Christian Harmony, 2010. Leaders: Mike Spencer 120; Martha Thompson 70b; Robert Dupree 121t; Jonathan Smith 339; Ann Jett 170; David Daniel 184; Nathan Rees 64; Billy Thompson 178; Nancy Hogan 214; Haley Odom 213; Bill Hogan 133; Karen Clark 189; Cassie Allen 364.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Henry Guthery leading 269. The third afternoon session was held from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Leaders: Cassie Allen 39b (for Christine Keeble and for Bud Oliver); Jack Nelson 480; Robert Walker 99; Bea Carnathan 472; Hubert Nall 176b; Fred Hoerr and Marty Hoerr 421; Ann Webb 384; Jim Carnes 47t; Jonathan Smith 189; Tim Taylor 290; Nathan Rees 56t (for Sandy Ivey and for Judy Caudle); Karen Clark 467 (in memory of Bob Meek).

Following announcements, Bill Hogan and Joey Brackner led 146 as the closing song. Kennon Smith offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Bill Hogan; Vice Chairman—Joey Brackner; Secretary—Nancy Hogan