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New York State Sacred Harp Convention

Center For the Arts, Mechanicville, New York

October 20-21, 2012

Saturday, October 20

The 24th annual New York State Sacred Harp Convention was called to order by Mary Skidmore leading 34b. Paul Baker offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Tarik Wareh 30b; Joanne Fuller 52t; Barbara Swetman 40; Elizabeth Stoddard 72b; Jeff Francom 504; Patricia Geritz 47t; Charlotte Ehrman 147t; Douglas Fower 227; Kathy Collett 84; Matthew Leger-Small 157; Pattie Wareh 178; Sally Langendorf 314; Thom Metzger 198; Margaret Bornick 347; Cora Wareh 335; Faiz Wareh 551; Melody Johnson 33b.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Mary Skidmore; Vice Chairman—Tarik Wareh; Treasurer—David Fuller; Secretary—Joanne Fuller.

RECESS

Liz Cantrell called the class back to order leading 313t. Leaders: Bob Parr 391; Lucy Roberts 49t; Bob Wheeler 142; MaryAnn Morrison 547; Dan Hertzler 542; Anne Kazlauskas 532; David Fuller and Joanne Fuller 32t; Scott Luscombe 362; Jean Seiler 168; Bill Holt 217; Erin Johnson-Hill 192; Michael Kaye 480; Linda Shea 371; Dennis Leipold 300; Diane Mennella 564; James Ulrich 344; Ellen Lueck 545.

RECESS

Thom Metzger called the class back to order leading 155. Leaders: Christine Andrews 144; Brian Collett 163b; Pat Callahan 272; Jeremy Galvagni 440; Philippa Stoddard 475; Dean Jens 48b; Leonard Spencer 245; Laura Krueger 538; Ron Bornick 454; Margaret Graver 89; Eric Bean 47b; Crystal Burnham 312b; Rachel Speer 187; Stavros Winner 268; Ginny Huszagh 66. Paul Baker offered grace before the noon meal.

LUNCH

Dan Hertzler called the class back to order leading 452. Leaders: Mary Jo Shafer 101t; Gerry Hoffman 328; Jen Agans 49b; Mel Novner 302; Paula Picton 411; Leon Pulsinelle 507; Katie White 209; Terry Ryan 218; Molly Merrett 129; Liz Cantrell 500; Matthew Leger-Small 215; Margaret Bornick 236; Philippa Stoddard 455; Jeremy Galvagni 228; Laura Krueger 183; Pat Callahan 29t; Bob Parr 112; Christine Andrews 445; Rachel Speer 133; Eileen Metzger 383; Chris Haller 267.

RECESS

Barbara Swetman called the class back to order leading 148. Leaders: Elizabeth Stoddard 309; James Ulrich 497; Erin Johnson-Hill 271t; Scott Luscombe 506; Kathy Collett 472; Stavros Winner 39t; Ellen Lueck 573; Dean Jens 163t; MaryAnn Morrison 479; Ron Bornick 334; Brian Collett 143; Ginny Huszagh 191; Margaret Graver 105; Bob Wheeler 107; Melody Johnson 113; Michael Kaye 553; Anne Kazlauskas 447.

Mary Skidmore led 521 as the closing song. Liz Cantrell offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Sunday, October 21

The Sunday session of the New York State Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order by Mary Skidmore leading 48t. Liz Cantrell offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Mary Skidmore 48t; Joanne Fuller 448b; Elizabeth Stoddard 77b; Bill Holt 34b; Barbara Swetman 417; Eric Bean 285t; Claudia Smigelski 569b; Ron Woodland 178; Charlotte Ehrman 365; Chris Haller 175; Meagan Gumble 210; Douglas Fower 186; Pat Geritz 523; Dennis Leipold 150; Zoe Carpentieri 66; Corey Walters 306; Kitty Kagay 448t; Jan-Erik Steel 89; Eileen Metzger 421; Jeffrey Francom with Potsdam students 85; Katie White 377; Wareh family 46; Sally Langendorf 75; Cory Moon 128.

RECESS

Mel Novner called the class back to order leading 32t. Leaders: Allison Steel 82t; Terry Ryan 193; Liz Cantrell 171; David Fuller, Joanne Fuller, and Finance Committee 33b; Cory Noel 138t; Gerry Hoffman 458; Diane Mennella 270; Leon Pulsinelle 77t; Mary Jo Shafer 72b; Aldo Ceresa 132; Paula Picton 349; Dan Hertzler 505; Chris Gianniti 457; Jean Seiler 86.

Linda Shea led 347 in memory of the following deceased: Bataan Faigao—Colorado; Lonnie Rogers—Georgia; Joseph Ost—Kansas; Gil Dupre, Julie Holbrook, and Dennis Lineham—Massachusetts; Gil Noble—New Jersey; Bob Averill, Harriet Bailey, Sally Chapman, Charlie Greene, Matthew Gregg, Jean Hanss, Marjorie Kagay, Russell Lang, Steve Mendelsohn, Carol Mohler, David Neville, Lawrence Singer, John Sustare, and Audrey Wiscera—New York; Charles Bergengram—Ohio; Jennifer Hurley, John Kochalka, and Holly Trombley—Vermont.

Tarik Wareh led 430 in honor of the following sick and shut-ins: Christina Wallin, Jim Guinnes, Ernest Blake, Dave Lang, Doug Lawton, Lorain Reimers, Susan Rourke, Phil Shapiro, Irene Skidmore, Tess, Jack Lindberg, and Corinne Woods.

Leaders: Michael Kaye 198; Thom Metzger 216; Eileen Willie 268; Jameson Wells 479; Bliss McIntosh 444; Liam Kingsley 277; Candis Bailey 503. Liz Cantrell offered a prayer before the noontime meal.

LUNCH

Dennis Leipold called the class back to order leading 145b. Leaders: Aldo Ceresa 532; Katie White 504; Bill Holt 352; Allison Steel 411; Eric Bean 56b; Linda Shea 95; Faiz Wareh 354b; Gerry Hoffman 477; Barbara Swetman 208; Mel Novner 426b; Jen Agar 282; Bob Wheeler 276; Diane Mennella 475; Leonard Spencer 260; Melody Johnson 121; Corey Walter 214; Katie Rumors 31t; Scott Luscombe 137; Ginny Huszagh 181; Anne Kazlauskas 118.

RECESS

Eileen Willie called the class back to order leading 87. Leaders: Charlotte Ehrman 549; Chris Giau 410 (t? b?); Heather Osowiecki 455; Stavros Winner 294; Sally Langendorf 386; Terry Ryan 466; Mary Jo Shafer 400; Jeff Francom 547; Douglas Fower 159; Corey Noel 318; Leon Pulsinelle 408; Patricia Geritz 38t; Chris Haller 335; Potsdam students 433.

Mary Skidmore led 62 as the closing song. Liz Cantrell offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Mary Skidmore; Vice Chairman—Tarik Wareh; Treasurer—David Fuller; Secretary—Joanne Fuller