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Quebec Sacred Harp Convention

Bishop’s College School Chapel, Sherbrooke,
Quebec and Way’s Mills Community Center, Barnston, Quebec

July 7-8, 2017

Friday, July 7

The 23rd annual Quebec Sacred Harp Convention met at Bishop’s College School Chapel on Friday evening.

Ruth Doerfler brought the class to order leading 84, and then offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Meredith Browne 448b; Ron Trial 46; George Dyment 47t; Scott Luscombe 28t; George Sigut 47b; Kerry Cullinan 34b; Janet Ross Snyder 86; Alex Ingliz 63; Ruth Doerfler 71; Meredith Browne 99; Ron Trial 112; George Dyment 209; Scott Luscombe 228; George Sigut 111b; Kerry Cullinan 117; Janet Ross Snyder 551; Alex Ingliz 59; Christopher Wesolowski.


Isabelle Gervais Chapman called the class back to order by leading 335. Leaders: Virginia Neville 65; Chuck Neville 68b; Howard Katz 299; Annie Lou Chester 38b; Mary Skidmore 432; Isabelle Gervais Chapman 270; Ruth Doerfler 448t; Meredith Browne 163b; Ron Trial 276; George Dyment 168; Scott Luscombe 472; George Sigut 72b; Kerry Cullinan 454; Janet Ross Snyder 547; Alex Ingliz 122; Christopher Wesolowski 143; Chuck Neville 49b. Chuck Neville offered the closing prayer.

Saturday, July 8

On Saturday morning at Way’s Mills, Ines Luttgen brought the class to order leading 145t. Ruth Doerfler offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: George Sigut 117; Kerry Cullinan 34b; Robert Stoddard 77b; David Rosenberg 276; Scott Luscombe 318; Judy Contempasis 81t; Elizabeth Stoddard 39t; George Dyment 47b; Mary Skidmore 171; Christopher Wesolowski 107; Janet Ross Snyder 455; Ron Trial 46; Anna Mays 328; Ruth Doerfler 53; Judy Carpenter 209; Ian Smiley 114.


Ines Luttgen called the class back together by leading 31t. Leaders: Troad Richmond 95; Sunny Doyle 457; Elka Schumann 203; David Rosenberg 99; Philippe Doyle-Gosselin 297; Mali Dray 40; Chelsea Smiley 440; Greg Creech 33b; Brian Harris 296; Philippa Stoddard 35; Erik-Dardan Ymeraga 142; Em Ekelund 84; Rachel Stevens 361; Ezra Halleck 547; L.H. Spencer 216.

Ruth Doerfler conducted the memorial lesson with a reading from Rebbe Nachman. She read the following names of the sick and shut-ins: Chris Holley, Jesse Vear, Edith Owen, Curtis Owen, Genevieve Yeuillaz, Jane Yaple, and Wanda Poulin.

She read the following names of the deceased: Lois Hord and Gunter Klessinger—Germany; Robert Coppenwrat; Sandra Watson; Elsa Houde Pichette; Hugh McGraw—Georgia; Jane Goforth—Texas; Jane Ostrander—Vermont; William Zion Brown—British Columbia; David Berg and JoAnna Berg—Arizona; Jim Keefer—Maine; Eric Lougee—New Hampshire; and Paul Gavin—Vermont. Ruth led 71.

Leaders: Annie Lou Chester 410t; Sadhbh O’Flynn 204; Julius Pasay 335; Chuck Neville 68b. Chuck Neville asked a blessing on the noon meal.


Ines Luttgen led 270 to bring the class back together. Leaders: Robert Stoddard 148; Isabelle Gervais Chapman 72b; Virginia Neville 73t; Scott Luscombe “Hyde Park” (an original composition); Kevin Shaw 47t; Masti Mayrand 82t; Mary Neville 532; George Sigut 217; Kerry Cullinan 313t; Robert Stoddard 319; Jean Rosenberg 254; Judy Contempasis 106; David Rosenberg 145b; Elizabeth Stoddard 500; George Dyment 444; Mary Skidmore 424; Isabelle Gervais Chapman 111b; Christopher Wesolowski 178; Janet Ross Snyder 504; Ron Trial 63; Anna Mays 454; Sue Dwelle 503; Sarah Maika 198; Ruth Doerfler 65; Judy Carpenter 299; Ian Smiley 442.


Sunny Doyle called the class together by leading 215. Leaders: Elka Schumann 267; Philippe Doyle-Gosselin 120; Mali Dray 163t; Chelsea Smiley 159; Greg Creech 86; Brian Harris 183; Virginia Neville 48t; Philippa Stoddard 157; Masti Mayrand 515; Erik-Dardan Ymeraga 298; Em Ekelund 569t; Rachel Stevens 300; Ezra Halleck 430; L.H. Spencer 260; Annie Lou Chester 535; Sadhbh O’Flynn 394; Julius Pasay 77t; Chuck Neville 569b; Ines Luttgen 197; Isabelle Gervais Chapman 448b; Virginia Neville 288; Scott Luscombe 548; Mary Neville 528.

In a business meeting, it was reported that expenses had been met, and announcements were made, including the all-day singing in Montreal the following day.

Ines Luttgen, Masti Mayrand, and Troad Richmond led 62 as the closing song. Chuck Neville offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairperson—Troad Richmond; Secretaries—Sue Dwelle, Susan Smiley, Jean Rosenberg, Scott Luscombe, and Judy Carpenter