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Vancouver Sacred Harp Singing

Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, Vancouver, British Columbia

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The first Vancouver Sacred Harp All-Day Singing was called to order by Mark Miller leading 81t. Gillian Inksetter offered the morning prayer.

A business meeting was held to elect the following officers: Co-Chairpersons—Caroline Helmeczi and Kevin Beirne; Treasurer—Tova Houpt; Secretary—Abi Avery.

Kevin Beirne and Caroline Helmeczi led 72b. A singing school was taught by Karen Willard aimed at beginner singers, explaining the shape notes, scales, and four-part harmony of Sacred Harp.


The class was called back to order by Jake Hachey leading 89. Leaders: Caroline Helmeczi 32t; Kate Coxon 168; Erik Schwab 81b; Dorothy Robinson 71; Darlene Simpson-Brown and Brenda Flynn 335; Lyle Lindsay 34b; Tova Houpt 313b; Ana Tighe 29t; Mark Miller 368; Sophia Schinske and Joyce Hughes 548; Marie Brandis 422; Betsy Jeronen 564; Steve Helwig 93; Clarissa Fetrow 348t; Anna Stoerch 111t; Thom Fahrbach 536; Susan Helf 228; Carol Huang 399b; Karen Willard 293.


The class was called back to order by Laura McMurray leading 111b. Leaders: Bob Schinske 539; Stephanie Fida 416; Kevin Barrans 379; Heidi Quicke 163b; Gillian Inksetter 34t; Ted Mercer 296; Darlene Simpson-Brown 396; Kevin Beirne 299; Bruce MacDonald 112; Adam Berey 328; Betsy Jeronen 560; Anna Stoerch 378t; Lyle Lindsay 38t; Marie Brandis 472; Thom Fahrbach 404; Kate Coxon and Adi Rosen 99. The grace was offered by Gillian Inksetter.


The class was called back to order by Bob Schinske leading 225t. Leaders: Carol Huang 411; Mark Miller and Benjamin Krawchuk-Miller 448b; Sean MacPherson 378b; Stephanie Fida 196; Chiara Ubertino-Coskun and Anna Stoerch 178; Erik Schwab 478; Clarissa Fetrow and Gillian Inksetter 528; Caroline Helmeczi 440; Ted Mercer 431; Heidi Quicke 107; Jake Hachey 215; Sophia Schinske 287; Steve Helwig 266; Adi Rosen 86; Kevin Barrans 123t; Tova Houpt 504; Ana Tighe 426b; Dorothy Robinson 506; Karen Willard 501; Susan Helf 163t; Tova Houpt 547.


The class was called back to order by Adam Berey leading 425. Leaders: Laura McMurray 285t; Gillian Inksetter 345t; Sean MacPherson 49b; Thom Fahrbach and Clarissa Fetrow 383; Jake Hachey 300; Adi Rosen 31t; Erik Schwab 358; Heidi Quicke 457; Carol Huang 76b; Steve Helwig 95; Ana Tighe 458; Ted Mercer 542; Stephanie Fida 477; Kevin Barrans 428; Kevin Beirne, Joyce Hughes, Chantal Rodrigues, and Joel Phelps 47b.

The business session was reopened. The Treasurer reported that the day’s expenses had been met. It was reported that there were sixty registered attendees from five countries including five US states and two Canadian provinces, and seventy-eight songs were sung. Announcements were made. Thanks were given to all who helped make the singing a success.

Caroline Helmeczi led 347 as the closing song. Gillian Inksetter offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Co-Chairpersons—Caroline Helmeczi and Kevin Beirne; Secretary—Abi Avery