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Alaska Sacred Harp Convention

The See House of St. Peter’s By The Sea Episcopal Church,
Sitka, Alaska

October 23-24, 2015

Friday, October 23

The 8th session of the Alaska Sacred Harp Singing Convention was held on Friday and Saturday before the fourth Sunday in October. Chairman Steve Helwig called the class to order leading 37b. Steve introduced singing school teacher Jesse P. Karlsberg from Atlanta, Georgia. Jesse spoke about rudiments beginning with scales both major and minor. Jesse also demonstrated the modes of time leading 70t, 34t, and 345b as examples of common time. Jesse led 29b and 71 as examples of triple and compound time. The class then sang 176t in memory of Oliver Kindig-Stokes and Jesse spoke about Oliver for a few moments.


Steve Helwig called the class to order leading 274t. Jesse P. Karlsberg continued his singing school by speaking about some history of the 1991 revision. Jesse then gave a lesson on traditional leading styles and invited members of the class to lead songs with which they might have had difficulties in the past. The class thanked Jesse for a fine and informative singing school. Steve Helwig led 122 as the closing song, and the class was dismissed.

Saturday, October 24

Steve Helwig called the class to order leading 171. Charley Basham offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Kari Lundgren 448b, 318; Judy Gangle 378t, 354b; Sara Beaber-Fujioka and Alexandra Fujioka 34b, 31t; Steve Helwig 131t, 133; Tom Craine 155, 501; Charley Basham 312b, 180; Kathy Kyle 82t, 268; Anna Lee Hirschi 344.


Kari Lundgren called the class to order leading 49t. Leaders: Maria D’Agostino 159, 128; Melissa Stephenson 457, 144; Jesse P. Karlsberg 32b, 181; Cornelia Stanton 73b, 87; Robert Sullivan 217, 299; Sylvia Friske 31b, 45t; Scott Kennedy 229, 347; Lynn Basham 173, 479; Marilyn Murata 378b, 274t.


Scott Kennedy called the class to order leading 228. Leaders: Brian Harris 29t, 196; Karen Willard 81b, 200; Campbell Longworth 218, 242; Linda Mason 452.

Karen Willard conducted the memorial lesson. She led 330b and 340 for the following sick and shut-ins: Kathryn Hoop, Bernice Harvey, Evelyn Cashman and Margaret Gross Hope.

Karen Willard spoke and led 348b, 101b, and 472 in memory of the following deceased: Nancy Baker, Ulises Diaz, Elmer Diaz, William Stortz, John Little Field, Scott Willis—Alaska; Oliver Kindig-Stokes—Pennsylvania; Sarah Hauser, Tammi Ziola—Oregon; Raymond Hamrick—Georgia; James Ipe, Madeline Sue Martin—Minnesota. Charley Basham closed the memorial lesson with prayer. Steve Helwig led 282. Cornelia Stanton blessed the noon meal.


Kari Lundgren called the class to order leading 32t. Leaders: Adam Berey 388, 274b; Steve Cackley 279, 568; Charley Basham 66, 523; Melissa Stephenson 333, 138t; Jesse P. Karlsberg 291, 192; Cornelia Stanton 565, 99; Scott Kennedy 163b, 68b; Lynn Basham 122, 288.


Steve Helwig called the class to order leading 208. Leaders: Maria D’Agostino 84; Joe Linden 473; Brian Harris 215, 162; Campbell Longworth 86, 106; Robert Sullivan 510, 474; Nathan Banning 112; Karen Willard 102, 267; Anna Lee Hirschi 47b; Marilyn Murata and Jesse P. Karlsberg 423, 177 (in memory of Oliver Kindig-Stokes); Kari Lundgren 236, 361; Steve Cackley 321, 345t; Adam Berey 569b; Tom Craine 341, 178; Sara Beaber-Fujioka 38t.

The class again thanked Jesse P. Karlsberg for his singing school. A presentation was made to Kari Lundgren in appreciation for her hard work for Alaska Sacred Harp.

Steve Helwig led 62 as the closing song. Charley Basham offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Steve Helwig; Secretary—Julia Smith