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 will be 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. 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 8) 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 13 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, 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 2015 Singing

Powerhouse Community Arts Center
Oxford, Mississippi
March 8, 2015

The thirty-fifth 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 138b. Earl Ballinger offered the morning prayer. Mark Davis then led 29t and the class entered into a business session. The following officers were elected to serve: Chairman: Warren Steel; Vice Chairman: Mark Davis; Secretary: Amber Davis; Arranging Committee: Mary Amelia Taylor and Ann Jett. Leaders: Richard Mauldin (AL) 89, 59; Tim Taylor (AL) 326, 314; Larry Ballinger (AL) 313t, 312b; Jerry Kitchens (AL) 460, 108t; Mark Tew 101t, 139; Wanda Capps (AL) 36b, 187; John Van Horn 201, 300; Susan Karina Dickey 87, 128; Judy Caudle (AL) 432, 437; Betty Shepherd (AL) 299, 216; John Wall 217, 358; Earl Ballinger (AL) 177, 176t; Robert Raymond 335, 106.


Warren Steel called the class to order leading 410b. Leaders: Sarah Beasley (AL) 340; Anne Steel 171, 271t; Dave Barber (CA) 272, 274t; Jan Murray 31b, 457; Becky Briggs (FL) 400, 405; Shelbie Castillo (AL) 224, 215; Chuck Howell 452, 373; Nikos Pappas (AL) 444, 232; Dorothea Maynard (TN) 361, 442; Angela Myers (AL) 270, 142.


Warren Steel called the afternoon session to order leading 189. Leaders: Ann Jett (AL) 269, 327; Drew McGuire 472, 411; Mary Amelia Taylor (AL) 481, 47t. Memorial lesson: Mark Davis led 61 for the sick and homebound. Richard Mauldin read the names of those deceased in the past year: Jimmie Ruth Melvin, Jerry Tidwell, Earl Yarber, Jean Ballinger, Johnny Humber, Rena Humber, Sammie Oliver, Charles Kitchens, Bill Aplin, Nadine Willis, Carroll Lunsford, Dennis Beasley, Stanley Edwards, Betty Wright, Josephine Denney, Raymond Hamrick, Eldagene Roberson, Stella Pratt and Dawson Adams. He then led 341 for the deceased and Elder Josh Winslett led the memorial prayer. End of memorial lesson. Leaders: Josh Winslett 33t, 127; Bridgett Kennedy (AL) 225t, 546; Lisa Geist (AL) 120, 273; Lisa Davis 200, 99; Jack Barbera 268, Danny Creel (AL) 485, 383; Kurt Davis 155, 276; Logan Green (TN) 227, 56b; Amber Davis (AL) 440, 500; Reba Windom (AL) 168; Mary Chrestman and Gina Sposto (TN) 82t; Dave Barber 362. Following announcements, Warren Steel led the closing song on 76b, and the class was dismissed with prayer by Sister Susan Karina Dickey.

Chairman - Warren Steel,
Vice-Chairman - Mark Davis,
Secretary - Amber Davis

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