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Lincoln’s Birthday Singing

University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The 22nd annual Lincoln’s Birthday singing was held the third 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 Jim Swanson. Since many people unfamiliar with Sacred Harp attend this singing, he encouraged all to participate, and announced that there would be a singing school lesson to help them understand the music.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Jim Swanson; Secretary and Arranging Officer—Mary Rogel.

Leaders: Jim Swanson 37b; Mary Rogel 183; David Barford 40.

Rachel Adelstein presented a singing school lesson, and led 128.

Leaders: Ted Mercer 52b; Jim Helke 71; Carol Ruth Kimmel 178; Ruth Reveal 47b; Jerry Gripshover 146; Paul Bankoughnett 112; Sally Youngquist 81t; David Barford 542; Jim Swanson 500; Nick Pasqual 38t.


Orwin Youngquist brought the class back together leading 39t. Leaders: Debbie Barford 501; Erica Detemmerman 86; Eileen Ferguson 34b; Susan Geil 474; Susan Matthews 133; Grace Scrimgeour 48t; Anna Gustafson 102; Ginny Landgraf 101b; JoDell Albi 34t; Melanie Hauff 203; Terri Cunningham 299; Susan Kaufman and Barbara Shelly 148; Kris Richardson 163b; Judy Hauff 215.


Mary Rogel brought the class back together leading 504. Leaders: Michael Appert 448t; Rachel Adelstein 268; Jerry Gripshover 218; Jim Helke 186; Ann Sleeva 28b; David Barford 70b; Ted Mercer 209; Jim Swanson 454; Michael Appert 457; Nick Pasqual 66; Orwin Youngquist 117; Debbie Barford 163t; Eileen Ferguson 84; Susan Geil 485; Susan Matthews 448b.

Announcements were made. Jim Swanson and Mary Rogel led 347 as the class took the parting hand.

Chairman—Jim Swanson; Secretary—Mary Rogel