Sacred Harp Singing

Oxford, Mississippi

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

The thirty-seventh annual all-day Oxford Sacred Harp singing was held on Sunday, March 12, 2017, 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. For further information, call Warren Steel at (662) 236-5356 or e-mail

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Minutes of the 2017 Singing

Powerhouse Community Arts Center
Oxford, Mississippi
March 12, 2017

The thirty-seventh 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 556. Earl Ballinger offered the morning prayer. Mark Davis then led 530 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: Nicholas Thompson. Leaders: Wanda Capps (AL) 199; Nicholas Thompson (AL) 436; Anne Steel 318; Logan Green (TN) 315; Susan Dickey 59; Richard Mauldin (AL) 66; Jan Murray 457; Earl Ballinger (AL) 439; Ken Tate (AL) 411; Regina Derstine 426t; Glenn Keeton (AL) 349; Hubert Nall (AL) 566; Matt Bell (TN) 377; Arlon Gardner 455; Caroline Green (TN) 276; Lisa Geist (AL) 527 (for Gravis Ballinger and Libby Hankins).


Warren Steel called the class to order leading 213t. Leaders: Elene Stovall (AL) 430; Henry McGuire 456; Mark Tew 268; Danny Creel 215; Andy Davis 269; Kim and Kail Funderburk 63; Linda Thomas (AL) 32t; Dorothea Maynard (TN) 442; Jamira Jackson 65; Gordon Bigelow (TN) 47b; Larry Ballinger (AL) 224; Allison Davis (AL) 373; Jeff Corbett (AR) 107; Chuck Howell 354b.


Mark Davis brought the class to order leading 147b. Leaders: Becky Briggs (FL) 558; Bob, Ben and Karol Barber 277. A memorial lesson was held. Dorothea Maynard led 492 for the sick and homebound. Richard Mauldin led 383 in memory of the deceased: Kermit Adams, Steve Adams, Gary Smith, Toney Smith, Lavoy Smith, Elsie Moon, Kenneth Fannin and Sam Chalker (Alabama); Stites Gardner, Billie Margaret Gardner and Willadean Brunette (Mississippi); Helen Beauchamp (Tennessee); Joe Nall (Florida); Earlis McGraw (Georgia); Janelle Davis (Illinois); Sister Frances Carr (Maine). Earl Ballinger led the memorial prayer. Other leaders: Yancey Jett 172; Bobby Neyman 479; Drew McGuire (AL) 212.


Warren Steel called the afternoon session to order leading 306. Leaders: Jack Barbera 162; Shelbie Castillo (AL) 208; Sarah Beasley (AL) 340; Vicky Neyman 178; Buell Cobb (AL) 467b; Alicia Canterbury 37b; Loretta Whitman (AL) 399b; Sarah Tidwell 42; Will McGuire 111b; Curtis Gregory 119; Nicholas Thompson 120 (for Gravis Ballinger); Warren Steel and Mark Davis 218; Danny Creel, Wanda Capps, Yancey Jett and Ken Tate 145t; Earl Ballinger, Larry Ballinger and Lisa Geist 112; Logan and Caroline Green 56b; Sarah Beasley, Becky Briggs, Dorothea Maynard and Glenn Keeton 204; Richard Mauldin and Hubert Nall 168; Linda Thomas, Elene Stovall and Alison Davis 217; Tamira Jackson and Regina Derstine 339; Loretta Whitman, Margaret Keeton (AL) and Louise Yaeger (AL) 402; Anne Steel and Jan Murray 348b; Arlon Gardner and Jeff Corbett 481; Mark Tew, Matt Bell and Jack Barbera 139; Gordon Bigelow and Chuck Howell 191; Andy Davis 236; Henry McGuire and Sarah Tidwell 209. Following announcements, Warren Steel, Mark Davis and Nicholas Thompson led the closing song on 278b, and the class was dismissed with prayer by Sister Susan Karina Dickey.

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

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