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Young People’s Sacred Harp Singing

Calvary Lutheran Church and University Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota

July 28-29, 2012

Saturday, July 28

The 32nd annual Young People’s Sacred Harp Association met on Saturday before the first fifth Sunday after the fourth of July at Calvary Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The class was called to order by Anna Pfau and Nathan Berry leading 36b. Noelle Copeland offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Noelle Copeland 33b; Melissa Kelley 276; Ben Copenhaver 147b; Elise delMas 270; Kelsey Nelson 335; Claudia Egelhoff 77b; David Moore 312b; Hans Guttmann 480; John Seaton 47t; Donna Gunderson-Rogers 434; Jackson Fleder 294; Cassie Lang 39t; Jeff Bell 166; Donnie Simmet 81t; J.R. Hardman 473; Stacey Berkheimer 189.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Co-Chairpersons—Anna Pfau and Nathan Berry; Secretary—Elise delMas; Arranging Committee—Ben Copenhaver and Hannah Lutz; Treasurer—Kevin Bullock; Chaplain—Noelle Copeland; Locating Committee—Melissa Kelley, J.R. Hardman, and Stephanie Fida.

Leaders: Cathy Lutz 106; Kim Bahmer 142; Paul Figura 334; Valerie Stoehr 532; Michael L. Moore 349; Kit Canright 76b; Roberta Strauss 269; Bill Waddington 218; Angie Payne 31t; Rachel Adelstein 424; Charlie Obert 474; Leon Pulsinelle 103; Kendra Strickland 129; Christine Stevens 542; Jim Goetz 504; Marcus Whitman 564; Carol Buche 147t; Shirley Figura 30b.


Steve Luttinen brought the class back together by leading 274t. Leaders: Steven T. Schmidgall 567; Laura Densmore 522; Kevin Bullock 59; Barbara Swetman 497; Robin Fox 163t; Michael Nord 27; Janell Draper 68b; Carol Crawford 101t. Steve Copeland offered the blessing before lunch.


The afternoon session began with Steven Levine leading 29t. Leaders: Jim Pfau 216; Ginny Landgraf 397; Stephanie Fida 399b; Jennifer Hedrich and Noelle Copeland 287; Ted Mercer 240; Leslie Williamson White 162; Riley Lee 69t; Judy Hauff 536; Daniel Gray 68t; Julie Vea 436; Alice Maggio 481; Paul Landskroener 528; Matt Wells 500; Mary Elizabeth O’Neal 344; Karen Swenson 200; Eleanor Haase 352; Will Gilman 496.


Ben Copenhaver called the class back to order by leading 105. Leaders: Denise Kania 208; Martha Henderson 67; Randy Neufeld 99; Stephen Parker 362; Ethan Schultz 38b; Ann Sleeva 464; Steve Copeland 569t; Cathy Lutz 383; Steve Luttinen 385t; Melissa Kelley 475; Hannah Lutz 66; David Moore 277; Doug Donley 198; Donnie Simmet 101b; Steven Levine 28b; Kevin Bullock 290; Jackson Fleder 37b.

The Locating Committee announced that the 33rd annual Young People’s Sacred Harp Association will meet in Hoboken, Georgia in 2013. Nathan Berry and Anna Pfau led 323t as the closing song. Stephanie Argo offered the closing prayer.

Sunday, July 29

The Sunday session of the Young People’s Sacred Harp Singing was held at University Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The class was called to order by Nathan Berry and Anna Pfau leading 34b. Riley Lee offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Kim Bahmer 32t; Will Gilman 82t; Jim Goetz 159; Kendra Strickland 49t; Paul Landskroener 47t; A.M. Hillis 282; Alicia Murphy and Jennifer Hedrich 432; Angie Payne 472; Ethan Schultz 147t; Martha Henderson 340; Matt Wells 77t; Barbara Swetman 542; Kristine Peterson 84; Kit Canright 48t; Alice Maggio 89; Elise delMas 122.


Jim Pfau led 40 to bring the class back to order. Leaders: J. R. Hardman 452; Michael Moore 280; Julie Vea 419; AnnaLeigh Smith 178; Denise Kania 328; Aaron Victoria-Vanguard 47b; Thea Johansen and Claudia Egelhoff 410t; Mary Elizabeth O’Neal 142; Kevin Bullock 171; John Seaton 102; Cathy Lutz 228; Ginny Landgraf 447; Alexa Copeland 271t; Daniel Gray 146.


Nathan Berry led 105 to bring the class back together. Leaders: Jackson Fleder 406; Steve Luttinen “Jumalaan Rauhaan”; Ted Mercer 202.

Mary Elizabeth O’Neal and Will Gilman conducted the memorial lesson. Mary Elizabeth O’Neal read a passage from scripture and led 129.

William Gilman led 162 in memory of the following deceased: Joan Fritz, Verna Henke, Richard Macko, Jane Jasperson, Tonei L. Sackey, Nick Moore—Minnesota; Judi Klein-Fitzgerald—South Dakota; Sam Thomas and Paul Wagner—Ohio; John Merritt—Mississippi; Phil Trier and Romella Kaeser—Illinois; Harold Blecha—Washington; Harrison Creel, Marie Ivey, Clarence McCool, Travis Keeton—Alabama; Dora Miller—Iowa; John Grant—Arkansas; Anne Vattendahl—formerly of Minnesota; Bonnie Appleton—Virginia; Fr. Gregg Schaeffer—San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala; Rev. Dr. Hugh Smith III—New Jersey and Pennsylvania; Dr. Charles William Landgraf, Jr.—Nebraska; George Pauly—Wisconsin. Stephen Schmidgall offered prayer to close the memorial service.

Leaders: Melissa Kelley 549; Donnie Simmet 421; Riley Lee, Mary Elizabeth O’Neal, and Kendra Strickland 454. Noelle Copeland offered grace before the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Steven Levine leading 145t. Leaders: Noelle Copeland 236; Laura Densmore 456; Paul Wyatt 168; Jan Ketell 430; Michael Nord 300; Jeanette Nelson 299; Leon Pulsinelle 408; Donna Gunderson-Rogers 187; Rachel Adelstein 182; Stephen Schmidgall 24b; Paul Figura 337 (for Jim Hearne); Cassie Lang 448b; Roberta Strauss 384; Christine Stevens 318; Judy Hauff 411; Shirley Figura 361; Ben Copenhaver 507; Marcus Whitman 448t; Carol Buche 86.


The class was called back to order by Matt Wells leading 39t. Leaders: Kim Bahmer 163b; Mary Rose O’Reilley 532; Stephanie Fida 306; Gretchen Pfau and Anna Shewmaker 312b; Melanie Hauff 215; Jenny Willard 68b; Anne Drexler 148; Charlie Obert 276; Jennifer Hedrich 268; Jim Pfau 217; Stacey Berkheimer, Karen Edwards, and Dan Edwards 288; Karen Swenson 196; Hans Guttmann 270; Riley Lee 26; Eleanor Haase 272.

The class went into a business session for the purpose of hearing reports from the committees. The Treasurer announced that expenses were met. Announcements of future singings were made. The Secretary reported that on Saturday the class sang 81 songs led by 72 leaders, and on Sunday the class sang 77 songs led by 72 leaders representing 15 states.

Nathan Berry and Anna Pfau led 347 as the closing song. Noelle Copeland offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Co-Chairpersons—Anna Pfau and Nathan Berry; Secretary—Elise delMas