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Rotunda Singing

Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama

Saturday, February 2, 2019

The 22nd 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 was called to order by Bill Hogan leading 214 (CH) followed by a warm welcome. Joey Brackner of the Alabama State Arts Council and Kevin Nutt offered words of welcome and encouraged the singers to enjoy the exhibit of John Kelso’s photographs. Robert Chambless offered the morning prayer.

Christian Harmony. Leaders: Joey Brackner 189 (CH); Arlon Gardner 372 (CH); Jack Nelson 117 (CH); Mary Amelia Taylor 455t (CH); Jim Carnes 336t (CH); Danny Creel 316 (CH); Stephen Huffman 245 (CH); Katlin Bailey 362 (CH); Daniel Bearden 237 (CH); Regina Derstine 193 (CH).

The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Leaders: Robert Chambless 84; Chris Parris 112; David Ivey 303 (in memory of Jeff and Shelbie Sheppard); John Tyler Blakeley 146; Stanley Smith 546; Ann Riley 318; Judy Caudle 218 (in memory of Eugene Forbes); Arlon Gardner and family 347; Bea Aaron 456; Frank Strickland 551; Mary Huffman 123t; Jim Aaron 47b; Vella Dailey 34b.


B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition. Leaders: Karen Clark 573 (CB); Ken Sundberg 214 (CB); Luke Strickland 100 (CB); Chris Nicholson 212 (CB); Steve Grauberger 410 (CB); Alice Sundberg 453b (CB); John Plunkett 446b (CB); Nicholas Thompson 464 (CB); Ann Riley 132 (CB); Bill Hogan 592 (CB); Frank Strickland 500 (CB); David Ivey 140 (CB); Mary Huffman 38t (CB).

Colored Sacred Harp. Leaders: Joey Brackner 24 (CSH); Karen Clark 19 (CSH); Sam Sommers 78 (CSH); Jim Carnes 4 (CSH); Steve Grauberger 18 (CSH); Stanley Smith 87 (CSH); Herbert Buckhannon and Bill Hogan “Lord, Give Me Just A Little More Time”. Chris Parris offered the blessing before the noon meal.


The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Leaders: Chris Nicholson 442; Bridgett Hill Kennedy 500; Jim Carnes 436; Danny Creel 405; Arlon Gardner 481; Nicholas Thompson 440; Regina Derstine 472; Daniel Bearden 553; Katlin Bailey 178; Stephen Huffman 569b; Jack Nelson 548; John Plunkett 271b.

Colored Sacred Harp. Leaders: Ken Sundberg 12 (CSH); David Ivey 3 (CSH); Mary Amelia Taylor 95 (CSH); Bill Hogan 59 (CSH); John Plunkett 30 (CSH).

B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition. Leaders: Mary Amelia Taylor 380t (CB); Bridgett Hill Kennedy 450 (CB); Regina Derstine 575 (CB); Daniel Bearden 156 (CB); Robert Chambless 96 (CB); Katlin Bailey 425 (CB); Jack Nelson 514 (CB); Sam Sommers 520 (CB); Stanley Smith 89 (CB).

Christian Harmony. Leaders: John Plunkett 300 (CH); Herbert Buckhannon 109 (CH); Judy Caudle 546b (CH); Chris Nicholson 490 (CH); Nicholas Thompson 326 (CH); Mary Huffman 419b (CH); Karen Clark 133 (CH).

Following announcements, Linda Thomas, Stanley Smith, Judy Chambless, Bill Hogan, and Nancy Hogan led 54 (CH). Stanley Smith offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Bill Hogan; Vice Chairman—Joey Brackner; Secretary and Arranging—Linda Thomas and Judy Chambless