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Rotunda Singing

Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The 18th annual session of the Rotunda Singing was held in the foyer of the Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama. The following four songbooks were used: The Colored Sacred Harp; The B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition; The Christian Harmony; and The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition.

The class was called to order by Bill Hogan leading 480 and 36b, followed by a warm welcome. Joey Brackner of the Alabama State Arts council offered words of welcome. Adam Brasich offered the opening prayer.

The first session of singing was from the Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Nancy Hogan did the arranging. Leaders: Jim Carnes 207; Danny Creel 196; Nicole Bowman 240; Tim Taylor 474; Bea Aaron 456; Ryan Bowman 133; Judy Chambless 318; David Ivey 268; Hubert Nall 168.

The second session of singing was from the Christian Harmony. Leaders: Nancy Hogan 214; Adam Brasich 275; Mary Amelia Taylor 419b; Ken Sundberg 496b; Sarah Beasley 59b; Janelle Davis 107; Steve Grauberger 303; Gavin Blakely 287.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Bill Hogan; Vice Chairmen—Joey Brackner and Jim Carnes; Arranging Officer—Nancy Hogan; Secretary—Nicole Bowman.

RECESS

The third session of singing was from the B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition. The class was called to order by Jim Carnes leading 54t. Leaders: Chita Blakely 567; Evie Eddins 583; Adrian Nall 540; Ethan Eddins 282; Waylon Blakely 216; Kevin Eddins 85; Cathy Maddox 143; Tommie Spurlock 464; Emily Eddins 148; Ann Gray 393; Eli Eddins 47t; Richard Mauldin 392, 378t; Ezra Eddins 507t. Joey Brackner led 72b (SH) for the family and staff at the Archives and for Cynthia Luckie.

The fourth session of singing was from the Colored Sacred Harp. Leaders: Bill Hogan 4; Ken Sundberg 65b; David Ivey 3; Jim Carnes 24; Richard Mauldin 5; Steve Grauberger 19. Stanley Smith led “Lord, Give Me Just a Little More Time” and 87.

The class sang 369 (CB), and Danny Creel offered the blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The first afternoon session included selections from the Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Leaders: Robert Chambless 84; Darlu Nall 277; Jim Aaron 47b; Amber Davis 142; Fred Hoerr 467; SuNell Ellis 35; Bea Aaron 175; Nicole Bowman 504; Jonathan Blakely 383; Judy Chambless 472; Hubert Nall 217; Ryan Bowman 189; Ann Gray 178; Sam Wright 198; David Ivey 269.

The second session of the afternoon was sung from the Christian Harmony. Leaders: Danny Creel 54; Tim Taylor 64; Robert Dupree 459t; Alice Sundberg 255; Margie Simmons 110, 142; Evie Eddins 326; Janelle Davis 346; Sam Wright 292; Ryan Bowman 184; Richard Mauldin 133.

The third afternoon session was sung from the B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition. Leaders: David Ivey 492; Deb Boykin 319; Elam Eddins 113; Dana Eddins 276; Mary Amelia Taylor 590; Gavin Blakely 67; Adrian Nall 505; Adam Brasich 520; Richard Mauldin and Janelle Davis 384; Eric Eddins 99.

Following announcements, Nicole Bowman, Nancy Hogan, Joey Brackner, Jim Carnes, and Bill Hogan led 323t. Adam Brasich offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Bill Hogan; Vice Chairmen—Joey Brackner and Jim Carnes; Secretary—Nicole Bowman