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Northern Shenandoah Valley Shape Note Singers

Bluemont Community Center, Bluemont, Virginia

June 3-4, 2017

Saturday, June 3

The All-Day Sacred Harp singing was called to order by John delRe leading 32t. Chris Wolf offered the morning prayer.

The class went into a business session. The following officers were elected or appointed: Chairman—Leyland delRe; Vice Chairman—Ben Hartland; Secretaries—Matt Roberts and Joni Seidenstein; Treasurer—Jim Glaser; Arranging Committee—John delRe and Graham DeZarn.

Leaders: Ben Sachs-Hamilton 81t; Tom Ivey 500; Sharon Strong 77b; Matt Roberts 455; Topher Lawton 102; Rodman Campbell 278t; Graham DeZarn 74t; Miranda Elliot-Rader 284; Joel Miller 479; Jim Glaser 462; Kathy Manning 522; Richard Green 163t; Jesse Polhemus 123b; Forrest Quay 565; Matt Ference 112; Bethany Towne 138t; Lucas Husted 227; Matt Wells 176b; James Baumgartner 315; Les Updike 373.


The class was called back together by Lydia Lewallen leading 100 and Megan Holm leading 64. Leaders: Fred Hoerr 28t; Liz Meitzler 179; Ben Hartland 410t; John Hoerr 229; Bev Yaeger 454; Stina Soderling 72b; Sam Kleinman 89; Gillie Campbell 66; Rachel Wells Hall 115; Jeremy Donaldson 173; Amanda Jokerst 531; Kelly Macklin 218; Stuart Jackson 223; Abby Beavin 326; Leon Pulsinelle 372; Tristan Gordon 36b; Bridget Camden 70b; Ina Shea 468; Mike Richards 102; Emmy Strassberg 312b; Adrian Mariano 419. Chris Wolf asked a blessing for lunch.


The class was called back by Stina Soderling leading 82t, and Tristan Gordon 65. Leaders: Peter Trumbore 480; Megan Holm 282; Lydia Lewallen 388; Chris Wolf 50t; Dann Pell 440; Jonathon Smith 165; Allison Steel 345b; Ateven Snderson 325; Dave Barford 542; Erica Martinez 384; Nora Miller 176t; Matthew MacLellan 434; Debbie Barford 368; Mary Helen Dupree 26; Susan Green 290; Doron Henkin 377; Thomas Ward 399b; Luke Sivertson 178; Nancy Tkacs 268; Ben Cocchiaro 436; Tim Morton 269; Joni Seidenstein 217.


The class was called back together by Amanda Jokerst leading 35 and Mike Richards leading 56t. Leaders: Jerusha Wheeler 283; Sonia Chin 486; Corinne Ducey 30t; Myles Dakan 187; Erin Gum 146; Andrew Boyadjian 387; Dan Hunter 76b; Nadia Abdelaziz 210; Will Fesperman 378b; Jesse Polhemus 334; Megan Holm 445; Ben Sachs-Hamilton 212; Lydia Lewallen 460; Rodman Campbell 410b; Debbie Barford 142; Peter Trumbore 277; Sam Kleinman 362; Matthew MacLellan 348b; Stina Soderling 172; Jonathon Smith 131b; Luke Sivertson 37b; Matt Wells 547.

Leyland delRe led 323t as the closing song. Chris Wolf offered the closing prayer.

Sunday, June 4

The Sunday session of the Northern Shenandoah Shape Note Singing was brought to order by Leyland delRe leading 70t (ShH). All song selections are from the Shenandoah Harmony. Chris Wolf offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Tom Ivey 382 (ShH); Graham DeZarn 130 (ShH); Jim Glaser 293 (ShH); Matt Roberts 457 (ShH); Andrew Boyadjian 125 (ShH); Tim Morton 156 (ShH); Thomas Ward 28b (ShH); Tristan Gordon 187 (ShH); Megan Holm 15 (ShH); Kathy Manning 227 (ShH); Miranda Elliot-Rader 12b (ShH); Sonia Chin 145 (ShH).


The class was called back to order by Graham DeZarn leading 204 (ShH). Leaders: Nora Miller 333 (ShH); Emmie Strassberg 132 (ShH); Debbie Barford 364b (ShH); Jerusha Wheeler 431 (ShH); Rachel Hall 148 (ShH); Liz Meitzler 326b (ShH); Erin Gum 218b (ShH); Abby Beavin 133 (ShH); Lydia Lewallen 288t (ShH); Chris Wolf 254 (ShH); Jonathon Smith 96t (ShH); Stuart Jackson 167 (ShH); Sam Kleinman 184 (ShH); Matt Wells 285 (ShH); Mike Richards 62 (ShH); Stina Soderling 57 (ShH); Dann Pell 205 (ShH); Jeremy Donaldson 161 ShH); Bev Yaeger 260t ShH).

The memorial lesson was conducted by Dan Hunter. We remembered the following sick and shut-ins: Daniel Guevara, John Lewallen, and Ethel Strube. Dan led 178.

We remembered the following deceased: John Bayer—Ohio: Hugh McGraw and B.M. Smith—Georgia; Stephanie Wolf—Maryland; Les Sontag, Edgar Houston, and Janelle Davis—Illinois; David Muniz—Colorado; Michael Sensor—Florida; Collette Miller—Minnesota; Jean Hallowell and Skip Trout—Pennsylvania; Ruth Hooke—Massachusetts; Jean Porter and Eric Betthauser—Virginia; Dorothy Elliott—Texas; Toney Smith—Alabama; Earlis McGraw, Johnny Lee, and Delorese Lee-Georgia; Bill Horovitz—California; Charlie Derleth—Missouri. Dan led 12b (ShH). Chris Wolf offered prayer to close the memorial lesson. Les Updike led 296.


The class was called back to order by Sam Kleinman leading 104t (ShH). Leaders: Lucas Husted 197 (ShH); Ben Hartland 432t (ShH); Ben Sachs-Hamilton 270 (ShH); David Barford 260b (ShH); Dan Hunter 402 (ShH); Ben Cocchiaro 140b (ShH); Jesse Polhemus 160 (ShH); James Baumgartner 171 (ShH); Josh Barnett 99 (ShH); Alison Steel 180 (ShH); Corinne Ducey 136 (ShH); Bridget Camden 3t (ShH); Bethany Towne 322 (ShH); Ina Shea 101 (ShH); Amanda Jokerst 305 (ShH); Nadia Abdelaziz 321b (ShH); Joel Miller 246b (ShH); Erica Martinez 112 (ShH); Nora Miller 385 (ShH); Fred Hoerr and Mary Hoerr 217 (ShH).


Josh Barnett called the class together leading 5b (ShH). Leaders: Joni Seidenstein 241t (?);(ShH); Sharon Strong 348b (ShH); Peter Pate 212 (ShH); John Hoerr 264b (ShH); Julia Seidenstein 452 (ShH); Doron Henkin 446b (ShH); Forrest Quay 166 (ShH); David Giusti 444b (ShH); Matthew MacLellan 218 (ShH); Jerusha Wheeler 310 (ShH); Allison Steel 53 (ShH); Luke Sivertson 131 (ShH); Josh Barnett 253 (ShH); David Barford 19 (ShH); Megan Holm 404t (ShH); Myles Dakan 413 (ShH); Leyland delRe and Abby Beavin 298b (ShH); Rachel Hall 348t (ShH); Tristan Gordon 113 (ShH); Lydia Lewallen 424t (ShH); Chris Wolf 78 (ShH).

Kelly Macklin and John delRe led 129t (ShH) as the closing song. Kelly Macklin offered resolutions. Chris Wolf offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—Leyland delRe; Vice Chairman—Ben Hartland; Secretaries—Matt Roberts and Joni Seidenstein