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Portland Christian Harmony Singing

The Little Church, Portland, Oregon

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The 2nd annual Portland Christian Harmony Singing was called to order by Anna Stoerch leading 398t. Linda Berkemeier offered the morning prayer.

A business meeting was held to elect the following officers: Chairperson and Secretary—Anna Stoerch; Treasurer—John Berendzen (acting on behalf of Nell Whitman).

Jane Spencer was introduced as the singing school teacher. Jane elaborated on the timeline of the Christian Harmony tune book leading up to the 2010 edition, noting gospel influences on its musical style. She then gave an overview of the various seven shape systems, including the Aikin shapes used in the 2010 edition. Three distinct regional variations on leading and singing styles were demonstrated. Jane led 55b in Western North Carolina style, 208b in the style taught at Camp DoReMi, and 354 demonstrating the influence of Alabama Sacred Harp style on Christian Harmony singing.

RECESS

The class was called back to order by Erik Schwab leading 36t. Leaders: Anna Stoerch 49; John Berendzen 142; Chris Cotter 258; Linda Berkemeier 46t; Steve Cackley 50; Evan Palmer 61t; Katy Kanfer 492b; Amanda Jokerst 111b; Fynn Titford-Mock 356; Steve Helwig 355; Betsy Jeronen 292; Kevin Barrans 362; Linda Selph 268; Ben Copenhaver 338b; Karen Willard 209; Nancy Price 85; Melissa Kelley 205; Michael Walker 417b.

RECESS

The class was called back to order by Kate Fine and Lu Zeng leading 424. Leaders: Bob Schinske 54; Cornelia Stanton 64; Eva Striebeck 346; Matthew Parkinson 460t; Clarissa Fetrow 70b; Colin Duggan 138; Mary Gowins 197; Ana Tighe 215; Chase Arevalo 229; Jeff Begley 86b; Kate Fortin 167b; Tom McTighe 276; Kate Coxon 189; Amanda Parkes and Michael Walker 184. Linda Berkemeier asked a blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The class was called back to order by Steve Cackley leading 70t. Leaders: John Wiens 82b; Thom Fahrbach 352; Solomon Ossa 170; Amber Smith 372; Michael Walker 265; Jane Spencer and Bradley Knoke 465t; Carol Huang 172; Kelly Kennedy 318; Eric Holt 341; Jennie Brown 168b; Jenna Bond Tompkins 180; Lindy Groening 80; Bradley Knoke 533; Matthew Parkinson 144b; Melissa Kelley 361; Fynn Titford-Mock 244b; Amanda Jokerst 175. Thom Fahrbach offered a tribute to Cornelia Stanton for her birthday, concluded with them leading 26t together.

RECESS

The class was called back to order by Kate Coxon leading 19. Leaders: Mary Gowins 69; Erik Schwab 61b; Linda Selph 298; Colin Duggan 91; John Berendzen 143; Ben Copenhaver 176; Anna Stoerch 447; Jeff Begley 30b; Clarissa Fetrow 509b; Jane Spencer 155; Jennie Brown 8; Bob Schinske 470; Amber Smith and Jane Spencer 316; Lindy Groening 546t; Karen Willard 303 (for Rachel Willard Smith and Nadine Riggs Willard); Jane Spencer, Katy Kanfer, Amanda Jokerst, and Bradley Knoke 432b.

The business meeting was re-opened to hear reports. The Finance Committee reported that all expenses had been met. The Arranging and Registration Committees reported 78 registered attendees and 75 tunes led. Gratitude was extended to all whose work made this day possible, and to Jane Spencer for her outstanding singing school.

Anna Stoerch led 67b as the closing song. Linda Berkemeier offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairperson and Secretary—Anna Stoerch