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Rotunda Singing

Alabama State Department of Archives and History,
Montgomery, Alabama

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The 15th annual session of the Rotunda Singing was held on Saturday before the first Sunday in February at the Alabama State Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama. The following four song books were used: The B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition; The Christian Harmony; The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition; Colored Sacred Harp.

The first session of the day included selections from the B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition. The class came to order singing 101t. Bill Hogan and Joey Brackner welcomed the class. Mr. Ed Bridges, Director of the Archives, spoke words of encouragement and support for the singing. Bill Hogan led 36b, and Danny Creel offered the opening prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Bill Hogan; Vice Chairmen—Jim Carnes and Joey Brackner; Secretary—Nancy Hogan; Arranging Committee—Tommie Spurlock, Tim Cook, and Jim Carnes.

Leaders: Joey Brackner 63; Nancy Hogan 133; Tommie Spurlock 140; Stanley Smith 497; Frank Strickland 367; Ken Sundberg 340; Adrian Nall 505; Audrey Blakeley and J.T. Blakeley 85; Steve Grauberger 448.

The second session of singing was from the Christian Harmony. Leaders: Tim Cook 111b; Billy Thompson 178; Danny Creel 354; Mako Cook 70b; Waylon Blakeley 167t; Jonathan Blakeley 55b; Sarah Beasley 143; Henry Guthery 59b; Seth Holloway 157.

RECESS

The third session of singing was from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Leaders: Jim Carnes 436; Jim Aaron 503; Robert Chambless 225t; Charlene Wallace 97; Chita Blakeley 216; Jack Nelson 560; Frank Strickland 384; Cathy Maddox 358; Ann Webb 282; Hubert Nall 40; Tim Taylor 228; Mary Amelia Taylor 480; Darlu Nall 497.

The fourth session of singing was from the Colored Sacred Harp. Leaders: Janice Jackson 19, 4, 3; Bill Hogan 9; Steve Grauberger 18; Ken Sundberg 24; Michael Rodgers 59; Stanley Smith 95; Janice Jackson and Stanley Smith 87; Stanley Smith “Give Me Just a Little More Time” (for Mrs. Bernice Harvey). Jim Carnes offered the blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The fifth session of singing included selections from the B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition. Leaders: Bill Hogan 380t; Alice Sundberg 276; Michael Rodgers 463; Bea Carnathan 559; Gavin Blakeley 189; Judy Chambless 563; Lacey Blakeley 77t; Janice Jackson 288; Haley Odom 277; Tommie Spurlock 99; Cooper Smith 348t; Carol Duvall, Liz, and Bill Hogan 355; Ladora Morris 571; Cooper Smith 388.

The sixth session of singing was from the Christian Harmony. Leaders: Bill Hogan 149; Henry Guthery 547 (in memory of John Merritt); Stanley Smith 325t; Jim Carnes 133; Nancy Hogan 81t; Robert Dupree 63t; Sarah Beasley 23b.

The seventh session of singing was from the Colored Sacred Harp. Leaders: Janice Jackson 24, 25, 74; Bill Hogan 12; Jim Carnes 65t; Janice Jackson and Stanley Smith 65b.

The eighth session of singing included selections from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Leaders: Tom Ingram 127; Ercyl Vidrine 490; Michael Rodgers 178.

Announcements were made. Tommie Spurlock led 574 (CB) as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Bill Hogan.

Chairman—Bill Hogan; Vice Chairmen—Jim Carnes and Joey Brackner; Secretary—Nancy Hogan