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Alaska Sacred Harp Convention

The Loft, Sitka, Alaska

October 21-22, 2011

Friday, October 21

Dr. Thomas B. Malone conducted a singing school focusing on the elements of time, tune, and accent. Songs were led to demonstrate the seven modes of time. Leaders were selected from the class to demonstrate how to begin and end a song, and how to set the tempo and accent correctly.

Saturday, October 22

The 4th annual Alaska Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order by Kari Lundgren leading 171. Bill Davis offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Charlotte Basham 34b; David Kreiss Tomkins 313b, 189; Sylvia Friske 45t; Nancy Davis 49t; Tom Malone 97, 371; Ken Hallock 70t, 65; Robert Sullivan 66, 217; Steve Helwig 138t, 176t; Kathy Kyle 159, 49b; Denise Klingler 107; Iris Klingler 354b; Karen Willard 274t, 26; Hal Eisen 323b, 384; Nick Lazipone 455; Erika Wilson 73t, 315; Cornelia Stanton 535, 473; Kari Lundgren 276.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairperson—Kari Lundgren; Secretary—Steve Helwig.


Erika Wilson called the class back to order leading 489. Leaders: Lynn Basham 173, 528; Sara Beaber-Fujioka 31t, 501; Anna Stoerch 215, 37b; Kari Lundgren 312b, 344; Sylvia Friske 40; Charlotte Basham 515, 454; David Kreiss Tomkins 81t, 410t; Tom Malone 411, 278t; Ken Hallock 566, 448t.

Cornelia Stanton conducted the memorial lesson, leading 34t for the following people on the sick and shut-in list: Bob Griffin, Jane Campbell, Rodney Willard, Barbara Willard, and Niilo Kolonen.

Cornelia Stanton spoke for the recently deceased and led 77t for the following: Trina Krazer—Wisconsin; Marie Ivey—Alabama; Ola Perycz—Poland; Barbara Gold—New York; Marvin McDonald—Texas; Waltrout Stoerch—Germany.

Leaders: Robert Sullivan 479; Steve Helwig 79. Bill Davis offered the noon blessing.


Anna Stoerch called the class back to order leading 72b. Leaders: Denise Klingler 63, 82t; Karen Willard 140, 550; Hal Eisen 193, 183; Nick Lazipone 564, 282; Erika Wilson 230, 70b; Cornelia Stanton 67, 504; Kari Lundgren 335, 288; Lynn Basham 99, 186; David Kreiss Tomkins 236; Sara Beaber- Fujioka 163b; Anna Stoerch 143, 523; Kari Lundgren 146.


Karen Willard called the class back to order leading 80t. Leaders: Sylvia Friske 268; Charlotte Basham 273, 497; Tom Malone 178, 61, 318; Robert Sullivan 569b; Ken Hallock 373, 142; Steve Helwig 426b, 475; Denise Klingler 31b, 277; Karen Willard 424, 349; Hal Eisen 425, 105; Nick Lazipone 47b, 38b; Erika Wilson 285t.

Announcements were made. Kari Lundgren led 122 as the closing song. Bill Davis offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairperson—Kari Lundgren; Secretary—Steve Helwig