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Lincoln’s Birthday Singing

University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, February 15, 2020

The 28th annual Lincoln’s Birthday Singing was held at Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, on the third Saturday in February, in conjunction with the University of Chicago Folk Festival. The class was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by Jim Helke leading 565. Ginny Landgraf led 68t.

Part one of a singing school was taught by Lisa Grayson, who then led 49t. Leaders: Carol Ann Munro 66; John Bealle 475 (who mentioned that he has been singing for fifty years); Sally Youngquist and Orwin Youngquist 49b; Rochelle Lodder 276; John Seaton 47t; June Murphy 410t; Randy Neufeld 29t; Lisa Cohen and Sonja Rusnak 84; Debbie Barford 178; Eileen Ferguson 36b; Susie Kauffman 34b.

Lisa Grayson shared some more of her knowledge in Part two of the singing school and led 278b. Ted Mercer gave a recollection of the first Sacred Harp singing workshop ever held at this festival and led 192. Leaders: Jim Swanson 224; Dave Barford 182; Gabe Knott 47b; Matthew Siefert 318; Tracy Solano and Jim Helke 385b; Meg Kindelin and Carol Ann Munro 455; John Bealle 163t; Mark Dawson 236; Ginny Landgraf 163b; John Seaton and Jesse Bettis 48b; June Murphy and Randy Neufeld 448t; Lisa Cohen and Jim Swanson 485; Debbie Barford and Sylvie Senauke 504; Eileen Ferguson 501; Ted Mercer 155; Susie Kauffman 171; Dave Barford 347.

Chairman—Jim Helke; Secretary—Rochelle Lodder