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Conference FOR the Society of American Music

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Friday, March 11, 2016

The 22nd annual Conference of the Society for American Music Sacred Harp Singing, held at Gordon Chapel of Old South Church, was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by Ron Pen offering opening remarks, and leading 479 in honor of William Billings, who convened a singing school at this site. Song selections were from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition.

Leaders: Deane Root 155; Ron Trial 46; Justin Bowen 129; Joanna Smolko 178; Kiri Miller 542; Jesse Karlsberg 546; Lauren Bock 486; D.J. Hatfield 215; Deidre Montgomery 195; Sasha Hsuczyk 153; Bill Holt 550; Kevin Kehrberg 300; Rachel Wells Hall 74t; David W. Music 99; Myles Louis Dakan 30t; Larry Hamberlin 341; Micah John Walter 142; Sondra Howe 128; Sue Neimoyer and Tom Riis 189; Nikos Pappas 188; Erin Fulton 56b; Esther Morgan-Ellis 209; Alex Forsythe 411; Brian Christopher Harris 77t.


The singing was reconvened by the chairman. Leaders: Ron Pen 24t (rudiments); Deane Root 254; Ron Trial 276; Joanna Smolko 40; Kiri Miller 157; Jesse Karlsberg 352; Lauren Bock 351; D.J. Hatfield 151; Deidre Montgomery 492; Sasha Hsuczyk 564; Bill Holt 436; Kevin Kehrberg 39t; Rachel Wells Hall 186. Ron Pen led 267 while the parting hand was shared, after which the class was dismissed.

The Society for American Music Singing is scheduled in conjunction with the Society’s annual conference; the date and site of the meeting vary each year. The 2017 singing will be held in Montreal, Canada.

Chairman—Ron Pen; Secretary—Erin Fulton