The 13th Annual Swannanoa Gathering Shape Note Singing

Morris' Outdoor Pavilion, Warren Wilson College
Swannanoa, Buncombe County, North Carolina

Saturday, July 27, 2019

(The class first sang from The Christian Harmony, 2010 edition.)

The 13th annual Swannanoa Shape Note Singing was held in Morris Pavilion, Warren Wilson College, in conjunction with Old Time Music and Dance Week. Sarah Kehrberg greeted the class by leading 397b, Bedan, and offered an opening prayer and welcoming remarks.

323, Holy Manna - Ron Pen
28t, Mocksville - Eli Snyder
26t, Golden Hill - Mary Baumeister
248, Twilight is Falling - Kevin Kehrberg
8, Creation (First) - Jonathan Wood
544, Life's Troubles - Dave Farmer
44t, Morning Sun - John Plunkett
61t, North Carolina - Chris Wilhelm
492b, Supplication - Maddy Mullany
109, Not Made with Hands - David Wilson
247, Oh! How Charming - Clarke Williams
442, Lanesboro - Robert Kelley
128b, Ninety-Fifth - Cliff Hall
74, God's Helping Hand - Andy Morse
401b, Euphrates - Michael Spencer
51, Lonsdale - Diane Eskenasy
455b, Rockbridge - Jane Cannon


The class then sang the following selections from The Sacred Harp, 1991 edition:

163b, China - Sarah Kehrberg, for her Uncle Wayne
146, Hallelujah - Ron Pen
56t, Columbiana - Eli Snyder
350, Nativity - Libby Barker
455, Soar Away - Annaliza Cull
76b, Desire for Piety - Patty Judson
155, Northfield - Michelle Cull
178, Africa - Madeline Wadley
276, Bridgewater - David Wilson
183, Greenwich - Andy Morse
383, Eternal Day - Maddy Mullany
147t, Boylston - Dave Farmer
523, Pleyel's Hymn (Second) - Mary Baumeister
312t, Sing to Me of Heaven - Kevin Kehrberg
460, Sardis - Chris Wilhelm
41, Home in Heaven - Jonathan Wood
236, Easter Anthem - Cliff Hall
437, Sidney - Robert Kelley
222, Ocean - Diane Eskenasy
294, Rocky Road - John Plunkett, for Mildred Patterson
382, Coston - Michael Spencer
225b, Christmas Anthem - Clarke Williams
77t, The Child of Grace - Gaea Singer
436, Morning Sun - Jane Cannon

Ron Pen offered a blessing for the meal.

Following lunch, the class sang from The Southern Harmony, 1854 facsimile, 1987 UofK reprint.

Sarah Kehrberg brought the class to order by leading 308, The Young Convert.

Ron Pen expressed gratitude to Warren Wilson College for allowing singers to use Morris Pavilion at Warren Wilson College, as part of Old Time Music & Dance Week during The Swannanoa Gathering, as well as to all singers who prepared food for the meal.

133, Indian Convert - Ron Pen
76, New Orleans - Eli Snyder
30, Separation - John Plunkett
36, The Soldier's Return - Mary Baumeister
13t, Dublin - Jonathan Wood
16, Star in the East - Michelle Cull and Annaliza Cull
6t, Marysville - Clarke Williams
182, The Sailor's Home - Michael Spencer
119, Tribulation - Kevin Kehrberg
106b, Pacolet - Maddy Mullany
151, Repose - Chris Wilhelm
109, Welch - Dave Farmer
148, Mississippi - Robert Kelley
78, The Babe of Bethlehem - Andy Morse
150, Pilgrim - Gaea Singer and Martha Holtz
55, Columbus - Jane Cannon


Following recess, the class held a business meeting and elected the following officers for 2020: Chairman - Sarah Kehrberg, Vice Chairman - Ron Pen, Secretary - Eli Snyder. The Chair thanked the arranging committee, and the class for generous donations.

The final session was leader's choice.

(Tunes are tagged as follows: from The Christian Harmony (2010), tagged with '2010'; from The Sacred Harp (1991), with 'SH'; and from The Southern Harmony (1854); with 'SoH'.)

293b (SoH), This World is Not my Home - Sarah Kehrberg
80 (SoH), Pisgah - Ron Pen
82 (SoH), The Romish Lady - Eli Snyder
546b (2010), Oak Grove - Michelle Cull
47t (SH), Primrose - Patty Judson
292 (SoH), Ripley - Mary Baumeister
203 (SH), Florida - Madeline Wadley
219 (2010), Rapture (First) - Andy Morse
180 (2010), The Sinless Summerland - David Wilson
470 (2010), Duke Street - Libby Barker
165t (SoH), Ionia - Kevin Kehrberg
512 (SH), The Spirit Shall Return - Jonathan Wood
327 (2010), The Christian's Hope - Diane Eskenasy
140 (SoH), Knoxville - Robert Kelley
53 (SH), Jerusalem - Annaliza Cull
15 (SoH), Davis - Dave Farmer (his mother-in-law is a Davis, and is on her last breath)
324 (SH), North Port - Gaea Singer
72t (SoH), Georgia - Clarke Williams
330b (SoH), Amherst - Chris Wilhelm
277 (SH), Antioch - Cliff Hall
521 (SH), Parting Friends (Third) - Michael Spencer
311b (SoH), Amity - John Plunkett
181 (SH), Exit - Jane Cannon

The class shared announcements of upcoming singings. Sarah Kehrberg offered a closing prayer. The committee members stood to lead 267 (SH), Parting Friends (First), as a closing song.

Chairman - Sarah Kehrberg; Vice Chairman - Ron Pen; Secretary - Eli Snyder.

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