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Lincoln’s Birthday Singing

University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The 21st annual Lincoln’s Birthday singing was held the second Sunday in February at Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, in conjunction with the University of Chicago Folk Festival.

The class was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by Lisa Cohen. Since many people unfamiliar with Sacred Harp attend this singing, she urged new singers to ask questions, and experienced singers to reach out.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman-Lisa Cohen; Secretary-Ginny Landgraf; Arranging Officer-Lisa Cohen.

Leaders: Ginny Landgraf 367; Jim Swanson 40; Mary Rogel 485.

Rachel Adelstein presented a singing school lesson entitled, “Help! There’s a Piece of Shape-Note Music in Front of Me and I Don’t Know What to Do with It!”. She led 162.

Leaders: Nathan Rees 186; Jeff Breting 276; Nick Pasqual 84; Doug Stapleton 178; Orwin Youngquist 38t; Alexa Silverman 277; Eileen Ferguson 497; Lisa Grayson 112; Hannah Lutz 209.


Michael Appert brought the class back together leading 163b. Leaders: Petrina Patti 217; Ted Mercer “Hinton” (his own composition); Susan Geil 369; Rochelle Lodder 313t; JoDell Albi 313b; Randy Neufeld 504; Michael Mosley 569b; Jonathon Smith 110; David Barford 224; Bill Price 117; Grace Scrimgeour 216; Christy LeMaster 318; Jim Swanson 564; Sophie Taft 47b; Kori Martodam 335; Jerry Gripshover and Mary Rogel 39b.


Lisa Cohen brought the class back together leading 148. Leaders: Ginny Landgraf 505; Michael Appert 39t; Jeff Breting 448t; Nick Pasqual 87; Ted Mercer 202; David Barford 128; Orwin Youngquist 107; Alexa Silverman 105; Mary Rogel 405; Grace Scrimgeour 155; Lisa Grayson 385t; Susan Geil 565; Susan Kauffman 68b; Rochelle Lodder 36b; JoDell Albi 34b; Randy Neufeld 29t; Michael Mosley 129; Nathan Rees 449; Jonathon Smith 326; Rachel Adelstein 268.

Announcements were made. Lisa Cohen led 347 as the class took the parting hand.

Chairman—Lisa Cohen; Secretary—Ginny Landgraf