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Bennington College Sacred Harp Singing

North Bennington, Vermont

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

During the Spring Semester of 2010, Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg taught a singing school at Bennington College, assisted by Lauren Bock, at the invitation of Bennington College Music Professor Kitty Brazelton. The students gathered every Wednesday evening for a total of 12 sessions, learning the rudiments of Sacred Harp singing. The class held a special singing to mark the conclusion of the singing school on Wednesday, May 26, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., in the Fireplace Room at the Deane Carriage Barn on the Bennington College Campus. Approximately seventy singers were in attendance.

The class was organized with the following officers appointed to serve: Chairman—Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg; Vice Chairlady—Kitty Brazelton; Secretary—Brittany Olinkiewicz; Chaplain—Lauren Hamilton; Arranging Committee—Lauren Bock and Meredith Muller.

Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg brought the class to order leading 47t. Lauren Hamilton offered the opening prayer. Leaders: Kitty Brazelton 47b; Brittany Olinkiewicz 162; Meredith Muller 274t; Lauren Bock 39t; Margaret Elaine Jinno and Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg 124; Joel Kennedy 159; Julia Walker 504; Leah Dagen 277; Alex Jones 34b; Ellen Bogen 294; Gaia Liotta 45t; Larry Bingham 40; Nora LaCasse 31t; Johno Landson 107; Cauley Powell 146; Jean Seiler 106; Santa Wolanczyk 49t; Bob Danton 503; Kiley Malloch 282; Gregory Obis 46; Amanda Force and Lauren Bock 93.

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Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg brought the class back to order leading 82t. Leaders: Joanne Fuller 176b; Dee Harnid 186; Amita Gross 457; George Seiler 480; Lizzy Mazzucchelli 178; Riley Skinner 216; Dan Hertzler 318; Molly Griffin 267; Michael Stern 30t; Sally Langendorf 32t; Ben Bath 384; Doug White 73b; Gale Stafford 155; Brother Stavros Winner 268; Rye Skelton 163b; Allie Mandell-Lees 79.

Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg thanked all the singers visiting from off-campus for their support and encouraged the students to find and attend singings near their home towns over the summer. Jesse said how much he had enjoyed teaching this group of students and remarked on how far the class had come since the beginning of the singing school. Kitty Brazelton presented Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg and Lauren Bock with a housewarming present, as they prepare to move to Atlanta, as thanks for their work teaching the singing school. Jesse announced that the singing school would resume in the fall with Ben Bath as the singing master.

Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg, Lauren Bock, Kitty Brazelton, and Ben Bath led 62, and the class took the parting hand. Brother Stavros Winner offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg; Vice Chairlady—Kitty Brazelton; Secretary—Brittany Olinkiewicz