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Quebec Sacred Harp Convention

St. George’s Anglican Church, Sherbrooke,
and Ways Mills Community Center, Quebec, Canada

July 12-13, 2019

Friday, July 12

The 25th annual Quebec Sacred Harp Convention met at St. George’s Anglican Church on Friday evening. Troad Richmond brought the class to order leading 344, and Ruth Doerfler offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Susan Smiley 47t; Jean Rosenberg 209; Chris Weslowski 300; Rachel Taylor 99; George Sigut 86; Janet Snyder 547; Emma Swartz 40; David Rosenberg 228; Claire Hogan 472; Lari Jalbert 74b; Jean Rosenberg 229; Ron Trial 276; Liz Patton 534; Tim Morton 168; Em Ekelund 171; Joyce Smith 335; Mary Neville 217; Michael Grayson 198; Toino Dumas 89.


Chuck Neville called the class back to order by leading 49b. Leaders: Chris Weslowski 143; Rachel Taylor 421; George Sigut 122; Janet Snyder 504; Emma Swartz 142; David Rosenberg 523; Claire Hogan 399b; Lari Jalbert 440; Jean Rosenberg 59; Ron Trial 556; Liz Patton 511; Tim Morton 362; Em Ekelund 163t; Joyce Smith 163b; Mary Neville 47b; Chuck Neville and Mary Neville 268. Guiseppe Gagliano offered the closing prayer.

Saturday, July 13

On Saturday morning at the Ways Mills Community Center, Troad Richmond brought the class to order leading 47t. Ruth Doerfler offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Ines Lüttgen 34b; David Rosenberg 228; Jesse Vear 145b; Em Ekelund 318; Rachel Taylor 81t; George Sigut 448b; Emma Swartz 187 (for her mother); Claire Hogan 42; Lari Jalbert 278t; Jean Rosenberg 546; Ron Trial 300; Liz Patton 120; Tim Morton 344; Joyce Smith 30t; Becky Wright 33t; Judy Contompasis 102; Elizabeth Stoddard 173; Toino Dumas 319; Robert Stoddard 421; Rachel Stevens 38b; Esther Wade 394.


Scott Luscombe called the class back to order leading 217. Leaders: Mary Neville 528; Kerry Cullinan 54; Jean Rosenberg 35; George Dyment 313b; Sarah Maika 284; Judy Carpenter 209; Leah Velleman 506; Mel Novner 46; Dan Coppock 399t; Janet Snyder 50t; Jamie Ross 271t; Erik-Dardan Ymeraga 338; Annie Lou Chester 159; Sue Dwelle 122; Deidre Montgomery 200; Jennie Brown 441; MB Gowins 171; Jesse Vear 298; David Rosenberg 435; Em Ekelund 382; Rachel Taylor 507; George Sigut 341; Emma Swartz 208.

Ruth Doerfler conducted the memorial lesson with a reading from Psalm =145 (t? b?). She led 457 for the following sick and housebound: Corrone Bryant, Ruth Ann Bryant, Peter Golden, Margaret McMillan, Lee Lai, Jennifer Jones, Olive Wilson, Scott Robinson, Steve Crevoshay, Suman Kandlikar, John Bloch, and Duncan Dwelle.

Then she read the following names of the deceased: Susan Hirschmugl—Minnesota; Concetta Branson—Oregon; Rick McGowan—Vermont; Pat Lezon—Vermont; Rollie Norris—Vermont; Gordon Ekelund—Ontario; Bob Marvin—Quebec; Eda Tarlo—Quebec. Ruth led 448t in their memory, and closed the memorial lesson with prayer. Scott Luscombe offered a prayer before the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Rachel Taylor leading 105. Leaders: George Dyment 299; Becky Wright 203; Ines Lüttgen 428; Ishmael Stefanov-Wagner 479; Dan Coppock 440; Kerry Cullinan 481; Susan Jaster 540; Judy Contompasis 384; Leah Velleman 270; Lari Jalbert 444; MB Gowins 447; Rachel Stevens 361; Robert Stoddard 362; Deidre Montgomery 151; Jennie Brown 192; Elizabeth Stoddard 422; Emma Swartz 564.


Ishmael Stefanov-Wagner called the class back to order leading 217. Leaders: Cecilia Aslan 82t; Jamie Ross 542; Annie Lou Chester 401; Claire Hogan 562; Ruth Doerfler 65; Jesse Vear 36b; David Rosenberg 335; Rachel Taylor 103; George Sigut 76b; Ron Trial 198; Scott Luscombe 430; Ruth Doerfler 86 (for Elka Schumann); Mary Neville 454; Sarah Maika 37b; Esther Wade 189; Jean Rosenberg 254; Toino Dumas 114.


Dan Coppock called the class back to order leading 99. Leaders: Liz Patton 534; Tim Morton 269; Mel Novner 108b; George Dyment 168; Becky Wright 332; Erik-Dardan Ymeraga 230; Joyce Smith 322; Ishmael Stefanov-Wagner 569t; Susan Jaster 504; Kerry Cullinan 368.

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.

Troad Richmond and Ines Lüttgen led 62 as the closing song. Sue Dwelle offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairpersons—Troad Richmond and Chuck Neville; Secretaries—Emma Swartz, Rachel Taylor and Ines Lüttgen