All-day singings & conventions

Marian Bush Half Day

We decided to hold just the Marian Bush half day singing this year. We did not hold the Palo Alto All Day. Minutes are below. The church’s rules for singing require outdoors and socially distanced (3 feet). I finally decided to wear a mask most of the time. I work with kids, and there’s no reason to increase my chances of exposure even more.

I liked the fact that Paul Kostka made this singing accessible to people who could only join us online. I don’t think this will be a regular feature of Sacred Harp singings, but it does make it more accessible. It also reminded me of the last time Marian Bush sang with us in Palo Alto. She could no longer get out of the house, so we called her up and sang to her over a cell phone. “Did you hear me singing?” she said when we got done. Of course we had to reply that no, we were singing too loud — as usual with Sacred Harp.

I miss hearing Marian’s alto voice at singings, never loud, but always perfectly in tune and in perfect rhythm. I’m glad we got to do this singing in her memory.

Marian Bush Memorial Singing
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, Palo Alto, California
Sunday, August 22, 2021

The third Marian Bush Memorial Singing was held outdoors at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, Palo Alto, California, on the fourth Saturday in August. The class was called to order by Terry Moore leading 313b. Dan Harper offered the opening prayer.

A business meeting was held and the following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman–Terry Moore; Vice Chairman–Anne Caswell; Secretary–Dan Harper; Online technology–Paul Kostka.

Leaders: Anne Caswell 34b; Dan Harper 40; Sue Lindner 217; Lena Strayhorn 49t; Jenny Solheim 270; Terry Moore 105; Wren Hyde 312t; Pat Coghlan 351; Paul Kostka 38t; Leigh Cooper 227; Mark Godfrey 348b; Anne Caswell 65; John Kostka 344; Peter Ross 163b; Dan Harper 300; Sue Lindner 142; Lena Strayhorn 326.


Leaders: Sue Lindner 278b; Sumie Zook 178; Jenny Solheim 318; Terry Moore 209; Wren Hyde 411; Pat Coghlan 91; Paul Kostka 198; Leigh Cooper 208; Mark Godfrey 460; Anne Caswell 457; John Kostka 107; Peter Ross and Sue Lindner (in memory of David Fetcho) 532; Dan Harper “David” (in memory of David Fetcho); Sumie Zook 135; Lena Strayhorn 70b; Jenny Solheim 216; Terry Moore 349.


Leaders: Wren Hyde 87; Pat Coghlan 214 (in memory of David Fetcho); Paul Kostka 99; Leigh Cooper 138t; Mark Godfrey 83t; Anne Caswell 540; John Kostka 334; Peter Ross 146; Jenny Solheim 203; Lena Strayhorn 69t; Sumie Zook 267; Wren Hyde 513; Terry Moore 358.

Terry Moore began the memorial lesson by reminding us how much David Fetcho contributed to Sacred Harp singing on the West Coast. He led 448t in memory of David Fetcho–California; Coy Ivey–Alabama; Rebecca Over–U.K.

A business meeting was held. The secretary reported that 20 singers, including 16 in person and 4 online, sang 50 songs. Lena Strayhorn thanked those who made the singing happen, and thanked the church for welcoming us. She resolved we would meet again next year, approved unanimously.

Dan Harper offered the closing prayer, and Terry Moore led 347 as the closing song.

Chairman–Terry Moore; Vice Chairman–Anne Caswell; Secretary–Dan Harper.