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New York State Sacred Harp Singing Convention

Hubbard Hall, Cambridge, New York

October 17-18, 2009

Saturday, October 17

The 21st session of the New York State Sacred Harp Singing Convention was held at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, New York, on the third Sunday and Saturday before in November. The convention was called to order by Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg leading 32t. George Seiler offered the morning prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg; Vice Chairlady—Jean Seiler; Secretary—Joanne Fuller; Chaplain/Treasurer—George Seiler.

Leaders: Eric Bean 34b; Jean Seiler 47t; Joanne Fuller 39t; Lauren Bock 36b; Kelsey Sunderland 228; George Sigut 178; Bliss McIntosh 444; Crystal Burnham 31t; Brother Stavros Winner 268; Pat Geritz 523; Dan Adams 270; Sheila Kelley 33b; Dennis Leipold 47b; Melody Johnson 335; Al McCready 84; Susan Bingham 361; Ines Lüttgen 400; Jeffrey Francom 457; Laura Timmerman 456; Scott Luscombe 506; Sue Hengelsberg 504.


Julian Damashek brought the class back to order leading 81t. Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg announced the following committee appointments: Arranging Committee—Lauren Bock and Kelsey Sunderland; Locating Committee—Thom Metzger, Barbara Swetman, and Ginny Huszagh; Finance Committee—Michael Ryan, Fred Kirk, and Jean Seiler; Memorial Committee—Kiri Miller and Nathan Rees; Resolutions Committee—Shane Wootten, Kelly Macklin, and G.C. Waldrep.

Leaders: Chris Holley 40; Barbara Swetman 484; Anne Krikorian 339; Benjamin Bath 179; Margaret Bornick 472; Jeremy Galvagni 312b; Katherine Flanigan 479; Bob Parr 391; Brian Collett 273; Ginny Huszagh 300; Anne Kazlauskas 304; Daniel Hunter 263; George Seiler 68b; Molly Merrett 82t; Jim Ulrich 474; Emily Hancock 442; Ian Ludders 327; Guy Bankes 254; Jerusha Wheeler 107. Diane Mennella offered the blessing for the noon meal.


Liz Cantrell called the class back to order leading 101t. Leaders: Becky Wright 411; Tom Malone 286; Linda Shea 306; Gerry Hoffman 416; John delRe 466; Diane Mennella 542; Alex Perry 311; Nora Dunn 379; Thom Metzger 362; Anna Mays 536; Nathan Rees 120; Gillian Inksetter 151; Ames Bielenberg 155; Kiri Miller 383; G.C. Waldrep 269; Aldo Ceresa 272; Kelly Macklin 485; Peter Golden 34t; Ben Vincent 189; Laura Densmore 522; Bill Holt 377; Willis McCumber 430; Lynne deBenedette 445; Katie White 547; Joel Miller 546; Jennie Brown 454; Mel Novner 505; Mary Seem 282; L.H. Spencer 260; Patricia Van Voorhis 105; Maggie Shar 276.


Joanna Lampert called the class back to order leading 89. Leaders: Ina Shea 548; Ron Bornick 198; Gillie Campbell 503; Bethany Towne 423; Eileen Metzger 182; Sam Kleinman 66; Matthew Keegan 448t; Carole Dempsey 142; Brian How 183; Cara Dworian 159; Bob Wheeler 350; Mary Gowins 222; Michael Kaye 448b; Kathy Collett 344; James Baumgartner 77t; Suzan Greenberg, Yael Tarshish, and Anna Tarshish 455; Dan Hertzler 32b; Fred Henson 148; Jenny Wright 313b; Terry Ryan 287; Michael Ryan 163b; Lucy Roberts 352; Chris Haller 267; Sue Ulrich 146.

Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg led 521 as the closing song. Susan Bingham offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Sunday, October 18

Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg opened the Sunday session of the New York State Sacred Harp Singing Convention leading 129. Chris Holley offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Jean Seiler 49t; Joanne Fuller 52t; Kelsey Sunderland and Lauren Bock 47t; Judy Bridge and Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg 168; George Seiler 159; Bliss McIntosh 56b; Ryan Taussig 47b; Jenny Scotto di Carlo and Joanne Fuller 87; Matthew Keegan 481; Suzan Greenberg, Anna Tarshish, and Yael Tarshish 385b; Ron Bornick 454; Ginny Huszagh 299; Bill Holt 203; Michael Kaye 340; Jennie Brown 480; Mel Novner 455; Willis McCumber 348t; Sally Langendorf 108b; Thom Metzger 29b; Lauren LiCausi 478; Ames Bielenberg 410t; Katie White 171.


Ben Vincent called the class to order leading 67. Leaders: Anna Mays 56t; Deanna Anderson 312t; Joel Miller 532; Laura Densmore 383; Jean Seiler 106; Gillian Inksetter 217; John Wibben 45t; Carole Dempsey 114; George Sigut 99; Crystal Burnham 535.

Kiri Miller and Nathan Rees conducted the memorial lesson. Kiri Miller read the names of the deceased and led 30b in memory of the following: Fenno Heath, Richard Savage—Connecticut; John Etheridge, Rae Green—Florida; Jimmie Denney—Georgia; Lewis Roberts—Indiana; Dr. Horace Clarence Boyer, Arthur Dobias, Sandra Goss—Massachusetts; Maeann Stevens, Winnie Wright—New Hampshire; Evan Samey—New Jersey; Richard Altman, Shirley Copion, Richard Gladwell, Bob Guida, Christian Haller, Sr., Karla Kuskin, Louis Ryan, Katherine Ann Warren—New York; Blossom Lego—Pennsylvania; Chris Sutherland—Vermont.

Nathan Rees read the names of the sick and shut-ins and led 374 in honor of the following: Kshama Ananthapura, Victoria Bolles, David Bornick, Keith Daritt, Nadine Dyskant-Miller, Natasha Elkovitch, Cindy Hazan, Meredith Holzev, Nancy Katzen, Karen Keller, Sarah Leitao, Virginia Luscombe, Linda Marker, James Mays, Jacqueline McKannay, Nicholas McKennitt, Bill Miller Coulter, Jim Picton, John Plunkett, Curtis Smith, Ruth Wampler, Dawn Weir, Paul Wexelblat. George Seiler closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Diane Mennella 540; Gerry Hoffman 328; Lucy Roberts 28b; Eileen Metzger 216; John delRe 68t; Melody Johnson 475; Terry Ryan 27; Chris Haller 236; Eric Bean 285t. Brother Stavros Winner offered the blessing for the noon meal.


Gillie Campbell called the class back to order leading 66. Leaders: Sheila Kelley 318; Chris Holley and Kathe Pilibosian 123b; Nora Dunn 176t; Bob Parr 502; Barb Swetman 196; Kelly Macklin 477; Shane Wooten 283; Joanna Lampert 432; Dean Jens 384; Guy Bankes and Laura Densmore 549; Laura Timmerman 564; James Baumgartner 112; Ines Lüttgen and Brother Christopher Savage 58; Dan Hunter and Bethany Towne 101b; Liz Cantrell 441; Nathan Rees 426b; Anne Kazlauskas 207; Julian Damashek 172; Dan Hertzler 147t; Ina Shea 367; Dennis Leipold 113; Jeremy Galvagni 176b; Dan Adams 73t; Mary Gowins 228; Scott Luscombe 353; Leon Pulsinelle 134; Heather Osowiecki 460; Brian How 38b; Susan Bingham 530; Sam Kleinman 335.


Brother Stavros Winner called the class back to order leading 319. A business session was held for the purpose of hearing reports. The Locating Committee report was given by Barbara Swetman who reported that the 2010 New York State Sacred Harp Singing Convention would be held in Rochester, New York. The Finance Committee Report was given by George Seiler who noted that all expenses had been met. The Resolutions Committee (Shane Wootten, Kelly Macklin, and G.C. Waldrep) thanked everyone who helped make the convention a success. A motion was made and seconded to accept the reports as given and adjourn the business meeting.

Leaders: Margaret Bornick 334; Mary Skidmore and Irene Arnold 282; Aldo Ceresa 538; Robbie McIntosh 163t; Leonard Spencer 254; Ian Ludders 396; Kiri Miller 144; Al McCready 34b; Becky Wright 424; G.C. Waldrep and Robin Woolner 192; Anne Krikorian 333; Suny Potsdam Students with Dr. Jeffrey Francom 433.

The Secretary reported that for the two days a total of 201 singers had registered from 15 states and 4 countries and 119 leaders had led 189 songs. Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg thanked everyone for coming to the Convention and gave special thanks to Bliss McIntosh, Jean and George Seiler, and Joanne Fuller for their help and guidance.

Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg, Jean Seiler, George Seiler, and Joanne Fuller led 62 as the closing song. George Seiler offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg; Vice Chairlady—Jean Seiler; Secretary—Joanne Fuller