Sacred Harp Singing

Oxford, Mississippi

The closing song, March 9, 2014. Photo by Yaeko Takada.

The thirty-ninth annual all-day Oxford Sacred Harp singing will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019, beginning at 9:45 am sharp, at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center, corner of University Avenue and South 14th Street in Oxford. Those coming to Oxford from the east on U.S. highway 278 (also known as highway 6) will exit for Downtown Oxford (South Lamar Boulevard), turn right and proceed one half-mile north, to the first stoplight. Turn right on University Avenue and go two short blocks. The Powerhouse is on your left, with the large blue water tower behind it. From Memphis or Jackson, take I-55 to Batesville and US 278 (hwy 6) to Oxford, take the Downtown Oxford exit (South Lamar Boulevard), turn left and proceed as above. The building, which is the headquarters of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, looks like a real powerhouse, and there is ample parking in front and on the side street. The entrance is at ground level, no stairs. Please note that March 10 is the first day of daylight savings time.

The singing, which takes place annually on the second Sunday in March, attracting singers from Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and other states, is sponsored by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. For further information, call Warren Steel at (662) 236-5356 or e-mail

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Minutes of the 2018 Singing

Powerhouse Community Arts Center
Oxford, Mississippi
March 11, 2018

The thirty-eighth annual Oxford Sacred Harp Singing was held in the Powerhouse Community Arts Center on the second Sunday in March. The class was called to order by Warren Steel leading 48t. Mark Davis offered the morning prayer, then led 421. The class entered into a business session. The following officers were elected to serve: Chairman: Warren Steel; Vice Chairman: Mark Davis; Secretary: Wanda Capps; Arranging Committee: Linda Sides. Leaders: Wanda Capps (AL) 546; Darlene Reynolds 480; David Jackson (AL) 445; Leslie Booher (TN) 155; Ginnie Ely (CO) 228; Arlon Gardner 481; Anne Steel 47b; Earl Ballinger (AL) 97; Bentley Rose 282; Mark Tew 46; Loretta Whitman (AL) 399b; Glenn Keeton (AL) and Lena Keeton (AL) 475, 504; Shelbie Castillo (AL) 67; Kayla Burns 47t.


Ken Tate (AL) called the class to order leading 123t. Leaders: Larry Ballinger (AL) 540; Jan Murray 457; Regina Derstine 385b; Andy Davis 434; Danny Creel (AL) 456; Drew McGuire 329; Lisa Geist (AL) 394; Kay Farmer (TX), Ann Simpson (TX), Fran Arnold (FL), Mary Jo Myhr (AL) and Cindy Reed 45t; Chuck Howell 339; Jamira Jackson, April Ayton, Kingston Ayton and Wesley Ayton 128, 361; Amber Davis (AL) 396; Henry McGuire 362; Scott Polston 137; Linda Sides (AL) 215, 225t.


Mark Davis brought the class to order leading 88b. Leaders: Ginnie Ely 454; Larry Ballinger 217. A memorial lesson was held. Regina Derstine led 209 for the sick and homebound. Anne Steel led 285t in memory of the deceased: Gravis Ballinger, Johnnie Chafin, Ola Meadows, Arthur Gilmore, Daphene Causey and Libby Hankins (Alabama); Hugh McGraw and Louise Holland (Georgia), Darrell Swarens (Indiana); T. J. Funderburk, Yaeko Takada and Anne Percy (Mississippi). Linda Sides led the memorial prayer. Other leaders: Danny Creel 530; Shelbie Castillo 564.


Warren Steel called the afternoon session to order leading 213t. Leaders: Amber Davis 300; Andy Davis 196; Wanda Capps 203; Darlene Reynolds 490; Jack Barbera 268; David Jackson 235; Anne Steel 318; Jan Murray 31b; Ken Tate 532; Leslie Booher 448t; Earl Ballinger 208; Loretta Whitman, Margaret Keeton (AL) and Louise Yeager (AL) 569b; Arlon Gardner 278t; Drew and Henry McGuire 550; Mark Tew 299; Chuck and John Howell 112; Jack Barbera 162; Scott Polston 148; Lisa Geist 528; Glenn Keeton 236; Mark Davis and Leanne Hubbard 280; Kay Farmer, Ann Simpson, Fran Arnold, Mary Jo Myhr and Cindy Reed 63; Curtis Gregory 119. Following announcements, Warren Steel led the closing song on 288, and the class was dismissed with prayer by Earl Ballinger.

Chairman - Warren Steel,
Vice-Chairman - Mark Davis,
Secretary - Wanda Capps

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