Sacred Harp Singing

Oxford, Mississippi

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

The thirty-sixth annual all-day Oxford Sacred Harp singing was held on Sunday, March 13, 2016, beginning at 9:45 am sharp, at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center, corner of University Avenue and South 14th Street in Oxford.

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, at the University of Mississippi For further information, call Warren Steel at (662) 236-5356 or e-mail

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Minutes of the 2016 Singing

Powerhouse Community Arts Center
Oxford, Mississippi
March 13, 2016

The thirty-sixth 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. Matt Bell offered the morning prayer. Mark Davis then led 181 and 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: Marlon Beasley and Matt Bell. Andrew George welcomed the class on behalf of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. Leaders: Wanda Capps (AL) 546, 454; Mark Tew 339, 406; Gravis Ballinger (AL) 56t, 112; Jan Murray 31t, 285t; Lisa Geist (AL) 428, 377; Arlon Gardner 180, 455; Earl Ballinger (AL) 439, 177; John Van Horn 209, 378b; Cliff Hall 288, 59; Jerry Kitchens (AL) 282, 480.


Warren Steel called the class to order leading 424. Leaders: Drew McGuire 106, 422; Jess Weller (AL) 187, Nathan Stewart 483, 430; Richard Mauldin (AL) 133, 168; Shelbie Castillo 300, 208; Steve Smith (AL) 126, 58; Ken Tate (AL) 129, 475; Sarah Tidwell 42, 63; Andrew George and Warren Steel 45t.


Mark Davis brought the class to order leading 74b. Leaders: Mary Amelia Taylor (AL) 228, 203; Danny Creel (AL) 472, 327; Anne Steel 39t, 556; Will McGuire 40, 87. A memorial lesson was held. John Van Horn led 312t in memory of the deceased: George Easley, Charles Porter, Margie Bryant, Kenneth Stead, Al and Becky Moreton, and Henry Ray Reynolds from Mississippi, and Azilee Adams, Sandra Spradlin, Fred Killingsworth and Robert Dupree from Alabama. Glenn Keeton led 77t for the sick and homebound. End of memorial lesson. Marlon Beasley (AL) 318, 512.


Mark Davis called the afternoon session to order leading 399b, 68t and 481. Leaders: Glenn Keeton (AL) 365, 163b; Larry Ballinger (AL) 151, 217; Matt Bell (TN) 123t, 104; John Plunkett (GA) 391, 486; Henry McGuire 56b, 456; Dorothea Maynard (TN) 405, 361; Lee Uhlhorn 457, 36b; Chuck Howell 569b, 32t; Jack Barbera 162, 236; Logan Green (TN) and Caroline Brown (TX) 179, 547; Evangeline Schultz (MO) 448t, 183; Kataria Webb 171; Kevin Robinson 490, 268. Following announcements, Anne Steel and Effie Burt led 105. Warren Steel led the closing song on 157, and the class was dismissed with prayer by Mary Amelia Taylor.

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

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