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Berlin Shenandoah Harmony Singing

Chapel of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, Berlin, Germany

July 15-16, 2017

Saturday, July 15

The 1st Berlin Shenandoah Harmony All-Day Singing was held in the chapel of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche in Berlin, Germany. Song selections were from the Shenandoah Harmony (ShH). Christopher Schuller called the class together by leading 218t (ShH). He welcomed the class, and introduced John delRe, Kelly Macklin, Graham DeZarn, and Mary Helen Dupree, who together taught a singing school. John delRe began by leading 452 (ShH). They spoke about the history of the songs in the Shenandoah Harmony and about the experience of publishing the book. During the singing school they led “Heavenly Treasure”; 15 (ShH); 227 (ShH); 321b (ShH); 431 (ShH); 137 (ShH); and 35 (ShH). James Schuller offered the opening prayer.


Christopher Schuller called the class together by leading 413 (ShH). Leaders: Caro Stamm-Reusch 79 (ShH); Marco Wessnigk 446t (ShH); Cherilyn Neilson 309 (ShH); Johannes Sauer 203 (ShH) (for Miriam); Evelyn Saylor 7t (ShH); Eva Striebeck 326t (ShH); Miriam Delerium 104b (ShH); Hans Gnendinger 60b (ShH); Emma Rock 218b (ShH); Mary Helen Dupree 127 (ShH); James Schuller Viii (ShH); Ann Blake 88 (ShH); Jessica Sligter 243 (ShH);


The class was called together by Monique Mathieu leading 326b (ShH). Leaders: Ellen Kennedy 152 (ShH); Saara Pakarinen 83b (ShH); John delRe 80 (ShH); Joanna Bennett 260t (ShH); Ted Mercer 198 (ShH); Magdalena Osthaus 253 (ShH); Francis Gaskin 363 (ShH); Melanie Tönnies 95 (ShH); Christopher Schuller 200 (ShH); Emily Collins and Ellen Kennedy 404t (ShH); Graham DeZarn 63 (ShH); Kelly Macklin 374b (ShH); Nina Riegler 89b (ShH); Robert Stoddard 254 (ShH); Hans Gnendinger 297 (ShH). A blessing was given by James Schuller before the meal.


Caro Stamm-Reusch called the class together by leading 434t (ShH). Leaders: Evelyn Saylor 45 (ShH); Marco Wessnigk 130 (ShH); Cherilyn Neilson 105 (ShH); Jessica Sligter 142 (ShH); Eva Striebeck 140b (ShH); John delRe 157 (ShH); Ted Mercer 6b (ShH); Ann Blake 12b (ShH); Kelly Macklin 171 (ShH); Christopher Schuller 453 (ShH); Graham DeZarn 133 (ShH); Robert Stoddard 108 (ShH); Emma Rock 132 (ShH); Johannes Sauer 324 (ShH); Mary Helen Dupree 207 (ShH); Joanna Bennett 428 (ShH); Francis Gaskin 112 (ShH); Ulrike Tietjen and Harald Grundner 270 (ShH); James Schuller 364b (ShH).


The class was called together by Melanie Tönnies leading 76t (ShH). Leaders: Ellen Kennedy 120t (ShH); Robert Stoddard 414b (ShH); Nina Riegler 48 (ShH); Hans Gnendinger 248t (ShH); Saara Pakarinen 87 (ShH); Francis Gaskin 41 (ShH); Kelly Macklin 86 (ShH); Miriam Delerium and Donna Stolz 381 (ShH); Ted Mercer 236t (ShH); Caro Stamm-Reusch 310 (ShH); Joanna Bennett 264b (ShH); John delRe 29 (ShH); Evelyn Saylor 140t (ShH); Monique Mathieu 22b (ShH); Mary Helen Dupree 220 (ShH); Jessica Sligter 319 (ShH); Graham DeZarn 322 (ShH).

Christopher Schuller thanked Richard Schmeidler and the Sacred Harp singers of Poland for the donation of Shenandoah Harmony books, as well as the travelers, singing school teachers, and organizers. The Secretary reported thirty leaders had led seventy-one songs. Announcements were made.

Christopher Schuller led 114 (ShH) as the closing song. James Schuller offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Berlin Sacred Harp Singing

Sunday, July 16

The Berlin Shenandoah Harmony All-Day singing was followed on the next day by a Sacred Harp singing. Christopher Schuller called the class together by leading 31t, and then offered the opening prayer. Evelyn Saylor taught a brief singing school for beginners.


The class was called together by Jessica Sligter leading 72b. Leaders: Marco Wessnigk 33t; Caro Stamm-Reusch 65; Silke Kunow-Koch 122; Hyke Sakaras 452; Johannes Sauer 155; Hans Gnendinger 178; Ellen Kennedy 70b; Christopher Schuller 134; Emily Collins 472; Cherilyn Neilson 67; Bianca Geburek 146; Emma Rock 378b; Francis Gaskin 271t; Joanna Bennett 430; Eckehard Neugebauer 68t; Mary Helen Dupree 133; Cäcilia Mann 442.


Saara Pakarinen called the class together leading 312b. Leaders: Nina Riegler 29t; Ann Blake 547; Eva Striebeck 270; Miriam Delerium 290; Robert Stoddard 501; Cherilyn Neilson and Donna Stolz 282; Kelly Macklin 473; John delRe 123b; Monique Mathieu 111b; Ted Mercer 504; Joanna Bennett 505; Francis Gaskin 263; Jessica Sligter 214; Eckehard Neugebauer 369; Eva Striebeck 411; Magdalena Osthaus 388.


The class was called together by Bianca Geburek leading 40. Leaders: Marco Wessnigk 222; Ted Mercer 217; Kelly Macklin 468; Evelyn Saylor 522; John delRe 486; Saara Pakarinen 138t; Monique Mathieu 58; Robert Stoddard 458; Magdalena Osthaus 432; Emma Rock 216; Caro Stamm-Reusch 47b; Mary Helen Dupree 296; Nina Riegler 287; Cäcilia Mann 198; Silke Kunow-Koch and Caro Stamm-Reusch 33b; Ellen Kennedy 89; Emily Collins and Evelyn Saylor 48b; Hans Gnendinger 455; Cherilyn Neilson 129; Bianca Geburek 288.

Announcements were made. Christopher Schuller led 86 as the closing song, and offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—Christopher Schuller; Secretary—Evelyn Saylor