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Rotunda Singing

Alabama State Department of Archives and History,
Montgomery, Alabama

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The 16th annual session of the Rotunda Singing was held on Saturday before the first Sunday in February. Four song books were used: The B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition; The Christian Harmony; The Sacred Harp, 1991 Revision, and The Colored Sacred Harp.

The following officers were previously elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Bill Hogan; Vice Chairmen—Jim Carnes and Joey Brackner; Secretary—Nancy Hogan.

The first session of singing was from The Sacred Harp. The class came to order singing 121. Bill Hogan and Joey Brackner welcomed the class. Debbie Pendleton, representing the Department of Archives and History, spoke words of encouragement and support for the singing. Jim Carnes led 207. Richard Mauldin offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Ann Jett 319; Robert Chambless 225t; Alice Sundberg 74b; Joey Brackner 63; Carmen Brothers 128; Richard Mauldin 43 (for Josie Hyde); Mary Amelia Taylor 313b; J.T. Blakeley 85; Charlene Wallace 171.

The second session of singing was from the Christian Harmony. Leaders: Tim Cook 510t; Ken Sundberg 81b; Mary Ellen Schrock 180; Danny Creel 54; Karen Clark 189; Nancy Hogan 214; Billy Thompson 355; Elsie Moon 253; Cindy Tanner 322.

RECESS

The third session of singing was from the Colored Sacred Harp. Leaders: Bill Hogan 59; Judy Chambless 74b; Stanley Smith 4; Karen Clark 12; Ken Sundberg 24; Stanley Smith and Bill Hogan “Give Me Just a Little More Time” (for Mrs. Bernice Harvey and the Wiregrass Singers).

The fourth session of singing was from the B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Revision. Leaders: Bill Hogan 555; Darlu Nall 277; Tim Taylor 546; Jim McIntyre 463; Victoria Aplin 76b; Ann Webb 142; Paul Wyatt 269; Jerri McIntyre 571; Sara Beasley 393; Nikos Pappas 78; Mike Rogers 30b; Bill Aplin 567; Robert Dupree 40; Hubert Nall 264b; Audrey Blakeley 505; Stephen Smith 274t. The class sang 369, and Elder J.D. Morris offered the blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The fifth session of singing was from the Sacred Harp. Leaders: Jim Carnes 436; Doug Conn and Linda Thomas 546; Seth Holloway 340; Wendy Futral 283; Jack Nelson 491; Chita Blakeley 196; Haley Odom 457; Jessica Weller 159; Tom Ingram 127; Jim Aaron 503; Bea Carnathan 475; Ercyl Vidrine 490.

The sixth session of singing was from the Christian Harmony. Leaders: Tim Cook 61b; Margie Simmons 142; Mako Cook 284; David Daniel 184; Jonathan Blakeley 153; Mary Ellen Schrock 168b; Karen Clark 133; Stanley Smith 87 (the Colored Sacred Harp) (by request).

The eighth session of singing was from the Cooper Book. Leaders: Bill Hogan 520; Nancy Hogan 464; Linda Thomas 54t (in memory of Flarce Creel); Steve Grauberger 336b; Nikos Pappas 250; Paul Wyatt 229.

Announcements were made. Bill Hogan and Joey Brackner led 486 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Jim Carnes.

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