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Bennington College Sacred Harp Singing

North Bennington, Vermont

Thursday, November 14, 2013

During the fall semester of 2013, at the invitation of Bennington College Music Professor Kitty Brazelton, singing masters Allison Steel, Daniel Hertzler, and Ben Bath conducted a Sacred Harp singing school. The nine Thursday evening classes covered the rudiments of singing Sacred Harp music. On the tenth and final evening, the students themselves ran the special singing.

The following officers were appointed to serve: Chairlady—Caroline Richter; Vice Chairman—Pierce Huff; Secretary—Susan Kennedy.

Caroline Richter led 410b as the opening song. Emiline Mesmer offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Pierce Huff 31t; Susan Kennedy 159; Sam Mayer 40; Daniel Wininger 410t; Alma Marquez 101t; Rain Haynes 324; Logan Traynor 300; Brooke Morrison and Farah Mohammed 70t; Chase Fiedler and Kieran Najita 82t; George Sigut 209; Emily Gaynor and Maya Knell 56t; Marina Allen 146; Megan Farnham, Ellen Hanson, and Jenny Sonenbera 47b; Jean Seiler 106; Alex Brinkman-Gramigna 274t; Abby Morical 448t; Claudia Smigelski 68b; Sarah Goldsmith 457; Nicolette Polek and Tate Boley 87; Anna Adams and Isa Coleman 131b; Alex Hovet 86; Kathryn Jagai 49t; Kathryn Henderson 36b; Allison Steel 112; Dane Whitman 335; Joanne Fuller 168; Olivia Zubrowski and Laurette Siler 503; Ben Bath 186; Brother Stavros Winner 282.

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Daniel Wininger led 107 to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Sam Mayer 111b; Kathryn Henderson 268; Abby Morical 56b; Marina Allen 31b; Jessica Zeng 419; Olivia Zubrowski 481; Brooke Morrison and Farah Mohammed 68t; Dani Kowaslski 42; Antony Shipman 64; Sarah Goldsmith 129; Brother Stavros Winner 294; Pierce Huff 499; Susan Kennedy 547; Rain Haynes 38b; Chase Fiedler 38t; Megan Farnham, Jenny Sonenberg, and Ellen Hanson 203; Kitty Brazelton 312b; Kathryn Jagai 45t; Jean Seiler 472; George Sigut 448b; Joanne Fuller 229; Alex Brinkman-Gramigna 33b; Ben Bath 145t; Allison Steel 76b.

The Secretary reported that there were 56 songs sung by 40 leaders, and 70 (t? b?) registered singers. On behalf of the class Abby Morical praised all the officers and committees for making the singing a success, thanked the teachers and visitors for assisting their class, and resolved that the students will make an effort to visit singings as they leave campus for the holidays, and that the students will try to hold a regular practice singing next semester in the absence of a formal class.

Caroline Richter, Pierce Huff, and Susan Kennedy led 62 as the closing song, and those who wished took the parting hand. Brother Stavros Winner offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairlady—Caroline Richter; Vice Chairman—Pierce Huff; Secretary—Susan Kennedy