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University of Georgia Singing

State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The 41st meeting of the University of Georgia Singing was held at the Visitor’s Center of the State Botanical Garden in Athens, Georgia, on the fourth Sunday in February. This is the only regular singing from John Gordon McCurry’s The Social Harp, first published in 1855, and reprinted by the University of Georgia Press in 1973.

John Hollingsworth led 86 (ScH) to call the class to order, and offered the opening prayer. John called John Garst as the first leader. Mr. Garst, who co-edited the 1973 edition of the Social Harp and has been instrumental in the life this singing, led 51 (ScH).

A short business session resulted in election of the same officers as follows: Chairman—John Hollingsworth; Vice Chairman—Michael Spencer; Secretaries—Shannon Primm and Judy Mincey. Jane Spencer was appointed as the Arranging Officer.

Leaders: Michael Spencer 37 (ScH); Shannon Primm 183 (ScH); Jan House 191 (ScH); Bruce King 156 (ScH); Faiz Wareh 134 (ScH); Myron House 87 (ScH); Pattie Wareh 69 (ScH); Oscar McGuire 34 (ScH); Cora Wareh 135 (ScH); Tarik Wareh 228 (ScH); John Plunkett 184 (ScH); David Smead 63 (ScH); Chris Wilhelm 155 (ScH); Lisa Bennett 154 (ScH); Jane Spencer 107 (ScH); Robert Kelley 170 (ScH); Billy Hollingsworth 31 (ScH); Earlis McGraw 60 (ScH).


The class was called back together by John Hollingsworth leading 182 (ScH). Leaders: Michael Spencer 75 (ScH); Jan House 159 (ScH); Bruce King 173 (ScH); Faiz Wareh 251 (ScH); Myron House 250 (ScH); Pattie Wareh 41 (ScH); Oscar McGuire 88 (ScH); Cora Wareh 172 (ScH); Tarik Wareh 194 (ScH); John Plunkett 138 (ScH); David Smead 201 (ScH); Lisa Bennett 212 (ScH); Robert Kelley 150 (ScH); Billy Hollingsworth 218b (ScH); Earlis McGraw 196 (ScH); John Garst 152 (ScH); Jane Spencer 53 (ScH); Myron House 209 (ScH); Faiz Wareh 89 (ScH); Tarik Wareh 198 (ScH).


All the lessons for the afternoon session were from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. John Hollingsworth led 138t to bring the class back to order. Leaders: John Hollingsworth 461; Michael Spencer 205; Shannon Primm 276; John Gentry 163b; Dave Farmer 148; Kevin Kelley 111t; Faiz Wareh 269 (for Somen Goodman); Earlis McGraw 283; Pattie Wareh 178; David Smead 332; Robbie Rivers, Jr., and Hugh McGraw 212, 373; Myron House 515; John Garst 271t; Bruce King 457; Christy Sinksen 448t; Cora Wareh 260; Robert Kelley 32b; John Plunkett 77t (for Erica Hinton); Oscar McGuire 50b (for Agnes Todd and David Grant).


The class resumed singing with John Hollingsworth leading 460. Leaders: Chris Wilhelm 181; Billy Hollingsworth 180; Lisa Bennett 340; Tarik Wareh 326; Winston Stephens 503; Jan House 284; Jane Spencer 532.

Announcements were made. John Hollingsworth led 62 as the closing song. John Plunkett offered a closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—John Hollingsworth; Vice Chairman—Michael Spencer; Secretaries—Shannon Primm and Judy Mincey