WMSHC 2017 Election Candidate Statements
3 candidates will be elected for a 2-year term. The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall governance of WMSHC in accordance with our bylaws.
Rebecca Wright (incumbent)
I've been singing Sacred Harp for 10 years — more than 3 of those in Western Massachusetts — and I had the pleasure of chairing this past year's convention. I'm immensely grateful for the joy and fulfillment that this community has given to me and others, and I would be honored to continue to serve on the WMSHC Board of Directors.
I'm honored to accept this nomination for a seat on the WMSHC Board. Since I was introduced to shape-note singing 7 years ago, this singing has become an important part of my life. In gratitude for all that this community has done for me, I would be excited to take this role to aid in the smooth functioning of our organization and to do whatever I can to help our group continue to thrive and prosper.
I am a native of Amherst and first sang shape-note music when I was in high school. I’ve been singing regularly at Helen Hills Hills Chapel since August of 2015, when I moved back to the area. It is an incredible joy to make this music with all of you and I would be honored to have a chance to help keep this organization going by serving on the board.
Convention Officer Candidates
Gerald Clark — Candidate for Convention Chair
Since first visiting a Tuesday regular singing 10 years ago, I'm overjoyed by the opportunity to take up such an esteemed set of responsibilities as chair for what has become my home singing. I've been so fortunate to travel throughout the Northeast these last 5 years finding rich friendship, hospitality, consideration, and commitment to furthering the finest aspects of our singing tradition. All this, often from people and in places I'd hardly ever have thought possible growing up in Springfield, MA. I'm eager to return the favor, and pay it all forward. As Chair for the coming 2018 Sacred Harp convention, if I may, I'd work carefully and closely with officers and our growing community to facilitate an agreeable, inviting, and deeply resonant singing weekend, the likes of which a minutes book has perhaps never captured before.
Stina Soderling — Candidate for Convention Vice-Chair
Having started singing regularly at Helen Hills Hills two and a half years ago, I am happy to be back singing with WMSHC after a year in New York City, where I was a regular at the weekly singings. Last year, I served as Secretary for the convention, and would bring to the position of Vice Chair this experience as a convention officer, as well as extensive event-organizing experience, albeit of the non-musical kind, including most recently from the events committee of the UMass women's, gender, and sexuality studies department..
Becca Hawkins — Candidate for Convention Secretary
I am more than happy to accept the position of Secretary at this year's convention. I discovered Sacred Harp through a college course in 2012, immediately fell in love with it, and have been singing ever since. I find such joy, comfort, and companionship in this beautiful tradition and I am honored to be a part of it.