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Poland Sacred Harp Singing Convention

Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies,
University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

September 21-22, 2013

Saturday, September 21

The 2nd Poland Sacred Harp Convention was held the fourth Sunday and Saturday before in September on the campus of the University of Warsaw in Warsaw, Poland. Justyna Orlikowska and Kama Dembinska called the class to order leading 56t. Blazej Matusiak offered the opening prayer. Justyna Orlikowska and Kama Dembinska welcomed the guests.

Leaders: Kuba Choinski 40; Magdalena Gryszko 76b; Olgierd Orlikowski 101t; Blazej Matusiak 171; Anna Spruch 106; Steve Helwig 113; Eva Striebeck 131b; Geoff Grainger 178; Magdalena Osthaus and Yotin Tiewtrakul 410b; Emma Rock 142; Alison Brown 47t; Daniel Hunter 60; Lukasz Zóltek and Steve Helwig 274t; Ella Cumber 207; Richard Ivey 97; Leyland delRe 96; Nigel Bowley 332; Kelsey Ivey 330t; John W. delRe 83t; Michael Walker 42; Kelly Macklin 157; Andreas Manz 133; Richard Schmeidler 474.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairperson—Justyna Orlikowska; Vice Chairperson—Kama Dembinska; Secretary—Kuba Choinski.

RECESS

Kama Dembinska called the class back to order leading 65. Leaders: Gosia Perycz 411; Olgierd Orlikowski 312b; Blazej Matusiak 77t; Fynn Titford-Mock 298; Magdalena Gryszko 542; Steve Helwig 196; Nigel Bowley 204; Andreas Manz 68b; Michael Walker 492; Emma Rock 183; Geoff Grainger 339; Kelly Macklin 174; Kelsey Ivey 206; Ella Cumber 176b; Yotin Tiewtrakul 276; Alison Brown 209; Richard Ivey 326; Eva Striebeck 351; Daniel Hunter 166; Leyland delRe 425; Richard Schmeidler 84; Magdalena Osthaus 102; John W. delRe 68t; Kuba Choinski 49b; Justyna Orlikowska 48t; Jacek Borkowicz 198; Ania Zóltek and Lukasz Zóltek 47b. Michael Walker asked the blessing for the noon meal.

LUNCH

Anna Spruch called the class back to order by leading 59. Leaders: Gosia Perycz 189; Scott Lewin 383; Olgierd Orlikowski 192; Ulrike Tietjen 499; Fynn Titford-Mock 185; Kelsey Ivey 314; John W. delRe 370; Magdalena Gryszko 111b; Leyland delRe 208; Richard Ivey 436; Ella Cumber 145t; Daniel Hunter 495; Michael Walker 380; Eva Striebeck 110; Steve Helwig 349; Kelly Macklin 501; Blazej Matusiak 218; Justyna Orlikowska 182; Emma Rock 181; Alma Moledys 215; Richard Schmeidler 268; Jacek Borkowicz 288; Nigel Bowley 445.

RECESS

Olgierd Orlikowski called the class back to order leading 159. Leaders: Karol Ejgenberg and Magdalena Gryszko 86; Kuba Choinski and Magdalena Gryszko 112; Karolina Materek and Gosia Perycz 53; Dominika Jedrzejczak 335; Anna Spruch 433; Alma Moledys 504; Andreas Manz 290; Fynn Titford-Mock 327; Kama Dembinska 328; Yotin Tiewtrakul 417; Alison Brown 180; Geoff Grainger 49t; Ulrike Tietjen 70t; Piotr Zarzycki and Gosia Perycz 457; Scott Lewin 38b; Jacek Borkowicz 228; Jan Dutkowski and Kuba Choinski 87; Ella Cumber 33t; Magdalena Gryszko 34b; Eva Striebeck 317; Steve Helwig 323t; Emma Rock 505.

Announcements were made. Justyna Orlikowska led 146 as the closing song. Ania Zóltek offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Sunday, September 22

The Sunday session of the Poland Sacred Harp Convention was called to order by Justyna Orlikowska and Kama Dembinska leading 144. Magdalena Gryszko offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Justyna Orlikowska and Kama Dembinska 101t; Kuba Choinski 36b, 47t; Michael Walker 138b, 138t; Blazej Matusiak 49t, 155; Gosia Perycz 440, 168; Steve Helwig 473, 480; Olgierd Orlikowski 56b, 271t; Leyland delRe 26, 27; Fynn Titford-Mock 141, 475; Dominika Jedrzejczak 270, 28t.

RECESS

Zofia Przyrowska called the class back to order leading 335. Leaders: Jakub Lipski 86, 282; Ania Zóltek 203; Jacek Borkowicz 535, 63; Nigel Bowley 275b, 338; Andreas Manz 348t, 172; Emma Rock 71, 448t; Magdalena Osthaus 83t, 80t; Ella Cumber 478, 546; Daniel Hunter 72t, 389; Eva Striebeck 472, 506, Lukasz Zóltek and Steve Helwig 53; Ulrike Tietjen 227.

Blazej Matusiak conducted the memorial lesson, and led 58 for the following sick and shut-ins: Sadhbh O’Flynn, Corneilious Koundouris, and Shelbie Sheppard.

Blazej Matusiak led 373 in memory of the following deceased: Maria Sobolewska, Jan Maria Zóltek—Poland; Myrtle Ann Beasley, Jeff Sheppard, Bud Oliver, Lessie Reed—Alabama; Eva Padgett—Florida; Evelyn Steinruck—Pennsylvania; Diane Mennella—New York. Zofia Przyrowska closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Kelly Macklin and Leyland delRe 240, 61; Richard Ivey 303, 150; Richard Schmeidler 66, 543; Magdalena Gryszko 531, 32t. Blazej Matusiak offered grace for the noon meal.

LUNCH

Jacek Borkowicz called the class back to order leading 401. Leaders: Zofia Przyrowska 198, 236; Scott Lewin 481, 107; Alison Brown 448b, 189; Gosia Perycz 573, 269; Bogna Rózyczka, Kuba Choinski, and Dominika Jedrzejczak 503; Andreas Manz 122, 123b; Kelsey Ivey 67, 564; Richard Ivey 201; John W. delRe 360, 101b; Michael Walker 193, 123t; Geoff Grainger 89, 40; Alma Moledys 209, 267; Yotin Tiewtrakul 569b, 275t.

RECESS

Alma Moledys called the class back to order leading 276. Leaders: Kuba Choinski and Zofia Przyrowska 84; Anna Spruch 117; Magdalena Osthaus 378b; Leyland delRe 124; Fynn Titford-Mock 337; Ulrike Tietjen 65; Daniel Hunter 218 (in memory of Diane Mennella); Kama Dembinska 272; Steve Helwig 419; Ella Cumber 160b; Kelsey Ivey and Richard Ivey 421; Justyna Orlikowska 376; Jacek Borkowicz 313b; Kelly Macklin 216; Emma Rock and Fynn Titford-Mock 362; Katarzyna Osinska and Jacek Borkowicz 268; Richard Schmeidler 146; Lukasz Zóltek and Daniel Hunter 111t; Alison Brown 547; John W. delRe 56t; Nigel Bowley 79; Gosia Perycz 317; Michael Walker, Alison Brown, Ella Cumber, Werner Ullah, and Nigel Bowley 566; Blazej Matusiak 176t.

The class held a business session. The Treasurer reported that all expenses were met. The Secretary reported that the number of registered attendees was 68, representing the following countries: USA, United Kingdom, Germany, Lithuania, Japan, Czech Republic, and Poland, and that 203 songs were led by 43 leaders.

Announcements were made. Justyna Orlikowska and Kama Dembinska led 62 as the closing song. Kelsey Ivey and Richard Ivey offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairperson—Justyna Orlikowska; Vice Chairperson—Kama Dembinska; Secretary—Kuba Choinski