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Rotunda Singing

Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The 21st annual session of the Rotunda Singing was held in the foyer of the Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama. 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 sang 87. Bill Hogan welcomed the class and visitors. He introduced Joey Brackner, of the Alabama State Arts Council, and Scott Kirkland, who offered words of welcome and encouraged the singers to enjoy the exhibit of photographs by Johnathon Kelso. Bill Hogan led 36b. Arlon Gardner offered the opening prayer.

The first session of singing was from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Leaders: Ann Riley 142; Robert Chambless 77b; David Ivey 460; Chris Parris 532; Ann Jett 269; Judy Caudle 134; Arlon Gardner 285t; Bridgett Hill Kennedy 30b; Gary Padgett 189; Jack Nelson 461.

The second session of singing was from The Christian Harmony. Leaders: Danny Creel 54 (CH); Tim Taylor 332 (CH); Nancy Hogan 468b (CH); Mary Amelia Taylor 493b (CH); Chris Nicholson 490 (CH); Katlin Bailey 119 (CH); David Daniel 184 (CH); Ann Jett 149 (CH); Gary Padgett 138 (CH).

RECESS

The third session of singing was from the B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition. The class was called to order by Bill Hogan leading 497 (CB). Leaders: Ken Sundberg 556 (CB); Stephen Huffman 563 (CB); Alice Sundberg 108b (CB); Mary Huffman 442t (CB); Gavin Blakeley 196 (CB); Karen Clark 55 (CB); Johnathon Kelso 331t (CB); Sarah Blevins 47b (CB); John Plunkett 528t (CB); Stanley Smith 373 (CB); Jim Carnes 38t (CB); Cathy Maddox 358 (CB); Ryan Bowman 516 (CB); Nancy Hogan 392 (CB); Mary Amelia Taylor 567 (CB) (in memory of Bill Aplin).

The fourth session of singing was from the Colored Sacred Harp. Leaders: Ken Sundberg 45 (CSH); David Ivey 3 (CSH); Johnathon Kelso 24 (CSH); John Plunkett 91 (CSH); Stanley Smith 87 (CSH); Herbert Buchanan “Lord, Give Me Just A Little More Time”; Jim Carnes 4 (CSH); Karen Clark 59 (CSH); Mary Amelia Taylor 95 (CSH). The class sang 369 (CB). Chris Parris offered the blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The class was called back together by Johnathon Kelso and David Ivey leading 56b. The first afternoon session included selections from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Leaders: Linda Booth 198; Steve Grauberger 171; Nell Whitman 300; Sarah Beasley 340; Nicole Bowman 240; Joey Brackner 209; Chita Blakeley 430; Tom Booth 441.

The second session of the afternoon included selections from The Christian Harmony. Leaders: John Plunkett 546b (CH); Jim Carnes 336t (CH); Ryan Bowman 346 (CH); Karen Clark 253 (CH); Nell Whitman 91 (CH); Judy Caudle 264 (CH); Steve Grauberger 133 (CH); Bill Hogan 510 (CH) (requested by Tim Cook).

The third afternoon session was sung from the B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition. Leaders: Chris Parris 559 (CB); Ann Riley 464 (CB); Stephen Huffman 504t (CB); Mary Huffman 30t (CB); Alice Sundberg 584 (CB); Gavin Blakeley 60 (CB); Danny Creel 355 (CB); Arlon Gardner 96 (CB); Jack Nelson 264t (CB); Tim Taylor 277 (CB); Bridgett Hill Kennedy 450 (CB); Sarah Blevins 106 (CB); Tom Booth 511b (CB); Sarah Beasley 572 (CB); Chita Blakeley 211 (CB); Katlin Bailey 552 (CB); Joey Brackner 76b (CB).

Following announcements, Katlin Bailey, Judy Chambless, and Bill Hogan led 29t (CB) as the closing song. Bill Hogan offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Bill Hogan; Vice Chairman—Joey Brackner and Jim Carnes; Secretary—Katlin Bailey